Minimum wages..raising the minimum question

by James Mixon 41 Replies latest jw friends

  • Godsendconspirator
    why not move? I'd love it if I could. I get paid a little above minimum wage but it's still under $15 and it would help immensely. I live in NYC where everything is expensive as hell. I was born and raised here so I never had a choice. My parents are legal immigrants but don't get paid much. My mom doesn't have a job. My dad uses his entire paycheck on rent and electricity. I got my own bills as well. after bills, I probably have only maybe $100 a week to myself. I could save that up but wait, what happens if I have to buy food, things for the apt, etc. Ideally, you'd want to have 7 months of rent before moving out, just to be stable. But it's harder than it seems. Cuz I need to move to somewhere I never been, with no guarantee of a job, get a car, take care of all my household needs and you get the gist.

    I work with people that work 3 jobs and no days off and they are fucking exhausted. Know how many times I hear people say "all I do is work." how many people I know that work from 6AM-11PM mon-sat and then work only 12 hour days on sundays?

    "Sometimes I wanna move out the country and never come back" I hear this a lot. So screw you if you think people are better off killing themselves physically and mentally than to pay them a little more.

    And before the "go to college" argument comes out. Sometimes it doesn't work out. In my case, I qualified for almost no financial aid and took out $23,000 in loans, some of my friends, more. And I work with people that had to drop out of college because they needed to work just to survive for today.
  • barry
    In Australia the minimum wage is $17.29 per hour. Our dollar has dropped recently to 72cents American from a high of $1.05
  • Simon
    Then the answer is simple, raise the minimum wage to $50 an hour. Problem solved.

    There's a reason it's called the minimum wage and not the average wage. The former is easy to legislate, the latter impossible.

    As a basic concept, it should be possible for someone doing a full days work to support themselves. If they cannot then someone is screwing them. If you're not happy with the concept of a minimum wage then go talk to the screwers and not the screwees.

  • RichardHaley
    I could support myself on minimum wage if I had no bills!
  • James Mixon
    James Mixon

    barry: how is that working in Australia, $17.29 per hour? Is it closing the gap?

    Question for you folks that live in states other the California and New York,

    could you live above poverty on $15.00 per hour in your state?

  • DesirousOfChange

    The simply solution is: get a good education and you will not have to worry about it.


  • Captain Schmideo2
    Captain Schmideo2

    I love all this "Black/White" thinking, and "simple answers". No wonder being a Witness was so appealing. That's all they have, too.

  • stan livedeath
    stan livedeath
    £6-70 an hour in the UK. to many people here thats an aspiration.
  • cofty

    In the UK it is equivalent to $10.14

    Rising to $13.62 by 2020

  • cofty
    Stan beat me to it :)

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