Category: living wage

allthecanadianpolitics: When people say that …

allthecanadianpolitics:

When people say that minimum wage jobs are stepping stones to better employment and therefore don’t need to be raised, this is what they’re really saying.

Should we raise the US minimum wage? Why people disagree — and…

Should we raise the US minimum wage? Why people disagree — and what solutions might really work.

  • Most Americans have seen pay stagnate, while the costs of education, rent, health care, buying a home and starting a family keep rising. 
  • Those are among the reasons states and cities from Illinois to Minneapolis are currently weighing whether to raise their minimum wage to $15 per hour, as Seattle did in 2014.
  • Today more than half of all U.S. states have pegged pay above the present federal minimum of $7.25
  • Proponents of raising the wage argue that it is inhumane to pay people so little, since it leaves no room for unexpected expenses — like a medical bill — that could mean going without food or housing. 
  • But some economists argue that setting legally mandated pay too high could actually backfire, by reducing the number of jobs available to people living close to the poverty line.
  • What is the truth? Unfortunately, it’s complicated: A pair of recent studies studying Seattle’s minimum wage experiment were both released this month, and they seemed to reach conflicting conclusions. Read more (6/30/17)

There is a wage gap between boomers and millennials. On average,…

There is a wage gap between boomers and millennials. On average, millennials earned 20% less in 2013 than baby boomers did in 1989.

The federal minimum wage in the U.S. is $7.25 an hour. Let’s…

The federal minimum wage in the U.S. is $7.25 an hour. Let’s compare that to other major nations, shall we?