Friday June 8, 2012, 11:49 am
When I first lived in my own in the 1960s, I earned the minimum wage. I had no trouble paying my rent, buying my food, riding the subways and buses, and laving plenty left over for entertainment, in one of the most expensive cities in the US. Times sure have changed since then. If a man or a woman, goes out and works full time, for them to be unable to live on what they earn is criminal. It’s time to raise the minimum wage.
A ten dollar minimum with CPI is the least we should do. I know what is coming on this as do we all. Oh no, it will destroy small business, well first that's not true, paying a fair wage has yet to prove fatal to any business. It does increase employee interest in the job and loyalty. Second, the republican gaggle uses this device of small business for every possible advantage to kill any thing that might just get the middle class back on it's feet. If people do not receive a decent wage, then how are they supposed to support the lagging economy?
Tom is correct we could make as little as $1.65 an hour and still make it plus, put some money aside. Why? Because prices were in line with wages, that is not true today.
Friday June 8, 2012, 12:20 pm
Good post as usual my friend. A no brainer to boot! What 's happened to America has been a concerted effort to bring her down.,And so she is, once again, fighting for her right to be treated with the respect & dignity she, as a people, has earned by the often extreme sacrifices made.
Friday June 8, 2012, 9:34 pm
Minimum wage rates are set by the individual provinces to reflect provincial conditions. When I started working in 1971, the BC minimum wage was $1.50/hr. or $3,120/yr based on a 40 hour work week. As a bank teller, I made $120 semi monthly or $3,120/yr. I lived with my parents and wanted to get an apartment on my own but the cheapest apartment was $250/mth. I couldn't even pay the rent let alone eat, have a telephone, or use what transit was available. Another friend and I decided to look for an apartment, but even with sharing a one bedroom, which was less than desirous to both of us, we still couldn't make it work. So home we both lived.
Today's minimum wage in BC went up to $10.25 effective 01 May 2012 which equates to $21,320/yr based on a 40 hour week. If you are lucky enough to find an apartment for $800/mth, keep food to $500/mth, you can make it, but if you need to buy a car, things are really tight. And if you are a single parent with one child, you really have a problem. The problem with many jobs at the minimum wage is that they are parttime. Some have a guaranteed number of hours, others don't. Parttime status really throws a money wrench into any budget.
Compared to the US minimum wage, this will sound high, but when you look at buying power, it is not high.
“We’ve bailed out banks, we’ve bailed out corporations, we’ve bailed out Wall Street, we’ve tried to create sound fundamentals in the economy—now it’s time to bail out working people who work hard every day and they still only make $7.25,” Jesse Jackson Jr
Jesse Jackson is so right. Also, if a worker has to wait until after filing his taxes to get the EITC and gets it all at once, that doesn't help the person/family that needs it each month to survive. And getting that 'cash' once a year is too likely to be treated as a windfall as opposed to portioned out over the coming year to meet living expenses. Maybe some of these Republican/Teabaggers should try living on minimum wage for a month and see how far they get.
I know I have mentioned this before, but a BC politician tried living on the downtown east side of Vancouver for a month based on welfare rates. He had no access to any of his usual accoutrements --- no car, cellphone, no clothing other than what he was wearing and a change of socks/underwear, no. . . you get the point. After 30 days, he'd lost roughly 30 pounds and had to sell his backpack to get a meal and bus fare home which is in Metro Vancouver. Let's see Boehner, Cantor, Ryan or McConnell do that and report back. They couldn't do it nor would they deign to do it because they have no understanding of nor caring for the average person past how they can screw them.
The Republican/Teabaggers don't care about anyone other than the 1% and the corporations.
Vote Democrat in 2012!!!!! Vote Obama/Biden 2012!!!!!
Saturday June 9, 2012, 5:09 am
Why is it that a military person has to serve 20 years for a 50% pension when all congress members can serve a year and get lifetime pensions???? Why is it that those working for peanuts aren;t given a living wage? Why is it that this administration supports the latter but is actively screwing the former??????
Saturday June 9, 2012, 7:34 am
Love the cartoon Tom! I'd like to see any of them make it on the minimum wages of today. They want to lower welfare and Medicaid, pay a decent wage and people wouldn't need the governments help as much as they do.
Saturday June 9, 2012, 11:24 am
Years ago I waitressed while going to college. I was actually paid LESS than minimum wage, on the assumption that I would work really hard and make up the difference in tips. This is really arbitrary since some people choose to tip poorly no matter how good the service is. In addition, the waitstaff had to split our tips with: (1) the bartender; (2) the busboys, and (3) the host/hostess.
Unless you're working in a really expensive restaurant, or one that automatically ads the tip, your income is pretty arbitrary. And while we don't think people who wash dishes or work over a deep fryer requires a high skill level, a low wage also does little to give a person job loyalty or pride in their work.
Saturday June 9, 2012, 1:19 pm
Thanks TomCat for the posting and the video. The video was tedious but very informative. My first job was $0.75 p/h, second $1.50 p/h and the third was $1.95 p/h and I was married by then and still had money left over. A minimum wage of at least $10.00 per hour would be a start but try getting anything like that past the GOP in congress just isn't going to happen. Read, watched and noted.
Saturday June 9, 2012, 1:49 pm
Even 10 an hour won't cut it at the rate everything, particularly food, housing and utility costs are rising every month now. With all things combined, a LIVING wage in this day and age in this country should be closer to 15 an hour...and that is just to survive.
Sunday June 10, 2012, 11:47 pm
They're arguing the point here in NY, and some of the business owners are already complaining that if they have to pay their workers more, they'll be forced to cut employees.
The problem with that thinking is that they ignore any additional revenue that would be generated by spending, at their businesses, by people who would be earning more, thereby increasing their purchasing power.
At the current minimum wage, for example, a person might not be able to buy a pizza at the place down the street, but when they're making more, they might be able to afford one, and the business would be making money that they had not previously been making because of people earning less having to economize with their spending.
The Republicans in the NY State legislature have even been pushing for tax cuts for businesses to increase hiring, but that's also a failure of a strategy because if a business doesn't need additional workers, tax cuts aren't going to cause them to hire anyone new, so not only would jobs not be created by them, but the state would be pushed even further into the red because of the loss in revenue of the pointless tax cuts.
If these conservatives would use logic, even if just for a few seconds, they might realize how pathetically moronic their plans consistently are, but then again, some of them actually mean to make these lopsided moves.