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Making $7.75 An Hour, and Figuring There's Little to Lose By Speaking Out


Society & Culture  (tags: americans, ethics, society, rights, sadness, corruption, abuse, culture, dishonesty )

Carrie
- 423 days ago - nytimes.com
Shenita Simon watches a twilight rain wash across Brownsville. Softly, from her apartment in a public housing tower, she begins to talk of her life's impossible mathematics.



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jan b. (3)
Friday July 5, 2013, 4:09 pm
When there are more jobs than people to fill them.....then employers will put out a competitive wage. Otherwise, they aren't going to. We know people are underpaid and have been for decades which puts more money in everyone elses pockets but it hurts the economy in the long term and some of those who are filling their pockets on the backs of other people's labor. The underlying reason people can be underpaid is that we have too great a population today with technology and automation taking jobs away forever. We can no longer keep adding people to the population and expect good results.
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (273)
Friday July 5, 2013, 4:45 pm
NO ONE SHOULD BE UNDER PAYED
 

AntiTeapublican Progressive News (89)
Friday July 5, 2013, 5:02 pm
There are many people who are underpaid, and it's wrong. Especially when some corporations are making record profits. For the minimum wage to be what it was in the 1960 with inflation factored in, the minimum wage would have to be around $11.00. There is no reason for it to be that other than greed. Australia has a much higher minimum wage than the US, and a lower unemployment rate... so the argument that a higher minimum wage would cost jobs is bunk.
 

Joanne Dixon (38)
Friday July 5, 2013, 5:49 pm
I believe Eliizabeth Warrren did some math and determined that, IF minimum wage had kept up with productivity over the last, I believe it was 30 years, it would now be $21 and some-odd cents. Carrie, good to see you back!
 

Carol H. (229)
Friday July 5, 2013, 5:55 pm
what a shame they are treated that way!!! noted with disgust!!! shared on twitter
 

Deb E. (64)
Friday July 5, 2013, 5:57 pm
Minimum wage is nothing compared to the costs of living. And the meager Social Security checks that many elders get are now not enough for them to live with any sort of dignity. Low wages and less workers mean less into the tax system. Add that to corporations who refuse to pay their fare share and it looks pretty bad for Americans who are not in the top 1%. This is so sad.
 

Carrie B. (309)
Friday July 5, 2013, 6:08 pm
Greedy corporate owners feel they deserve to live in luxury while their employees live in poverty. They could live quite comfortably and still treat their employees the way they deserve to be treated.Working your way to the top does not give you the right to trample others.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Friday July 5, 2013, 7:08 pm
I've gotten some mailings from Fast Food Forward, and sign all they send me. This is absolutely disgraceful that CEO's live like they're entitled to everything while dissing on those they employ and pay slave wages to. Joanne (above) is right...Elizabeth Warren figured $21 would be a correct minimum wage. And waiters/waitresses don't even make minimum. Way past time for some of the big ones to take a nice, long, hard fall.
Rather than demeaning women, and trying to exert power over our bodies at every chance they can take in Congress and throughout state legislatures...they should be taxing the wealthiest and raising the minimum wage to at least $15 an hour.
 

Natasha Salgado (519)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 3:02 am
How can anyone live on that???
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 5:04 am
Noted
 

Alexandra Rodda (176)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 6:48 am
Nice to see you are back Carrie. Hope all is well with you.
This is beyond shameful for the original KFC and all its imitators.
Maybe the customers should strike!
 

Jaime A. (32)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 7:04 am
Noted.!!
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 7:46 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Nancy M. (201)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 8:26 am
@janice, I see your point however, it will eventually be unsustainable. If we don't have enough people paid well enough to BUY, then the economy will sink. Oh wiat- didn't that happen in 2008?

Overall, a great story. Much I already knew or guessed based on the lives of some extended family members.
 

Angelika R. (146)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 1:18 pm
It's all been said a million times, as long as corporate greed runs the country it continues on the road to destruction. Thx Carrie and welcome back from me as well.
 

Micheael Kirkbym (85)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 2:44 pm
Noted
 

june t. (65)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 3:24 pm
The people running Walmart and other such businesses should be ashamed of the piddling wages they pay, while they rake in huge fortunes.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 4:44 pm
There is a 'tipping point' where too many will make not enough to live reasonably. Then, we will see the beginning of the end of this neo-Gilded Age.
 

Mitchell D. (130)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 5:30 pm
Sorry, Janice, but the underlying reason is that the Plutocrats are gradually beating back the gains of the New Deal, destroying the union movement, feeding on the redistribution of wealth their Saint Reagan started, and the Republicans have since supported.
Read "Democracy for the Few," by Michael Parenti, and "Capitalism Hits the Fan," by Richard Wolff.
 

Mitchell D. (130)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 6:22 pm
As the Antiteapublican person pointed out, the arguements that higher minimum wages cause problems in the economy are empty, they are propaganda.
The Plutocrats want to go back to the state of economy that existed before the '29 crash.
the right will call anything that smells progressive "socialist," even "communist," and expect the sheep to join in on the chorus. That is what happens when the politicos want to go to war, IN ORDER TO PROTECT PLUTOCRATIC INVESTMENTS overseas: they trot out the PATRIOT flag, and people just stop whatever amount of thinking they had been capable of doing.
How angry were so many people when France and Germany would not hop on the Iraq bandwagon with Mr. Patriotism, himself, G.W.Bush, when he lied about WMD??
So, who benefited from that war? The oil companies and the Military Industrial Complex! Oh, and the politiicians who these groups support. Let us not forget Dick Cheney, also from an oil family!!


 

Birgit W. (144)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 7:08 pm
Most of us seem to be just modern slaves, having to live with a minimum payment. But for wars there is always money available.
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Friday July 12, 2013, 8:57 pm
So wrong!
 
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