Several dozen Hispanic residents of Lakewood protested in Red Square (downtown) on Wednesday, demanding better salaries and “livable wages” that would allow them to live middle-class lifestyles.
The disgruntled workers held up placards with various messages, including one in Hebrew that read “אנם עבדם עובדי הבית – we are not your slaves” with the Hebrew part presumably meant to mean “We work in your homes.”
The fact that there was a placard in Hebrew suggests that the protest was directed specifically at Lakewood’s Jewish residents, many of whom employ Hispanic women to clean their homes at an estimated average salary of $20-22 an hour.
Lakewood residents say the protest itself is ridiculous as they can barely pay cleaning women salaries to begin with. They note that many Jewish residents of Lakewood receive a lower salary than the cleaning women.