Go read the whole post, but here is my comment (slightly amended):
You are absolutely NOT being an academic snob for pointing out that, at the end of a decade of professionalization and work experience, people have the right to expect a job that pays something like a living wage. They have the right to expect that their efforts -- and, indeed, their knowledge, skills, and experience -- should be respected, valued, and rewarded by their employers. That's not entitlement. It's the norm for most other professions. Companies and organizations wouldn't be able to retain workers or make progress in their industries if there wasn't a performance-based and experience-based reward system. People demand it. I don't care how much you love your job, how much of a calling it is -- at the end of the day, you're there because you're getting paid.It's time more people started taking a stand.
True, there are unskilled types of jobs -- and many people doing them -- that don't pay well, don't offer stability, and come with no benefits. That is: Unskilled. Types. Of. Jobs. Jobs that require skills, knowledge, and experience in order to do well at them are a different story. Even if you start out as a Starbucks barista with only a high school diploma, you can work your way up to store management and even to higher levels in the company if you pay attention, show up to your shifts on time every day, treat the customers well, and learn the shit you need to learn about making coffee and running a business.
Everywhere else, knowledge, experience, and skills count towards better pay, greater job security, and better opportunities -- everywhere, that is, except in academe.