$15 an hour minimum wage

gay-pufferfish  asked:

i havent been keeping up with canadian politics for the past year so im completely uneducated in this regard, but can i ask what's wrong with Trudeau? I want to be more knowledgeable of what's been going on

A lot.

Here’s a short list I made a little while ago:

-Trudeau is considering selling our ports & airports.

-Trudeau is pushing an infrastructure bank, which is going to privatize public infrastructure.

-Trudeau selling weapons to Saudi Arabia.

-Trudeau approving 2 huge oil pipelines and happy about Donald Trump’s approval of Keystone XL.

-Despite making it pretty clear before the election that communities and First Nations would need to give consent for projects, Trudeau has backtracked and now says that this is no longer true.

-Justin Trudeau bailing out Bombardier with millions, doesn’t care that their CEO’s are getting huge bonuses as they’re laying off thousands of workers.

-Their Marijuana legislation is filled with harsh penalties, and it is not true legalization. There will be limits on the amount you can grow and carry (and if you exceed these limits you can be arrested or charged), and new harsh penalties related to youth & driving under the influence.

-Justin Trudeau’s government is refusing to pay First Nations children equally, despite the Human Rights Commission sending him notices saying he has to (they have now sent 4 compliance orders for him to comply with the law).

-Justin Trudeau’s government is still underfunding First Nations education.

-Justin Trudeau supports Donald Trump’s bombing of Syria.

-Justin Trudeau is in favour of Regime Change in Syria, which many feel could escalate violence in that region.

-Justin Trudeau has not ruled out sending the military into Syria.

-Justin Trudeau is refusing to change the ‘Safe Third Country’ agreement to help refugees fleeing the USA.

-Justin Trudeau is refusing to fund a basic income pilot project on PEI.

-Justin Trudeau abandoned electoral reform (a big election promise) and has stuck with the First Past the Post system (a system the Conservative Party of Canada also supports).

-Justin Trudeau refuses to decriminalize marijuana in the meantime. Cops will arrest thousands more people for marijuana possession before 2018.

-Justin Trudeau is refusing to pardon anyone for marijuana possession despite knowing full well how harmful this can be for people job searching or crossing the border.

-Justin Trudeau is not in favour of a $15/hour minimum wage.

-Despite his feminist rhetoric, Status of Women Canada received no new funding in the 2017 budget.

-Justin Trudeau broke a campaign promise to close a tax loophole that largely benefits millionaire CEO’s.

-Justin Trudeau is breaking indigenous rights to consent with permits given on the Site C Dam and Kinder Morgan Oil Pipeline.

-Justin Trudeau’s tax cut for the middle cut, benefits the top 10% of income earners the most. Those making under $40,000 per year get nothing.

-Justin Trudeau still hasn’t changed or repealed the draconian anti-terrorism bill, Bill C-51.

-Despite a push from the NDP, Trudeau is refusing to expand our healthcare system to cover things like Pharmacare.

-Justin Trudeau is maintaining Stephen Harper’s cuts to healthcare transfers.

-Justin Trudeau is maintaining Stephen Harper’s weak climate change targets

.-Justin Trudeau wants to delay a promise to cut methane (a potent greenhouse gas) emissions for 3 years or more.

There’s plenty more than that. Yes, arguably Justin Trudeau is better than Stephen Harper, but that is a very low bar to pass.

If you need sources on any of these points I can provide them.

anonymous asked:

Why should we want to give people free college tuition and free this, and free that? That does nothing but make those who actually earn a college education less competitive in the job market because it'll become oversaturated with people who don't deserve degrees, having them. At the end of the day, there need to be people flipping burgers & tending to the garbage -- and no, they shouldn't make $15 an hour either.

Let me get this straight, we should not insure that we have an educated workforce because you are afraid of competition. Also, we need people to flip burgers and pick up garbage, but we should not pay them enough to live. 

There is one thing you are right about, minimum wage workers should not be making $15 an hour, they should be making more. We have made huge gains in productivity in this country on the backs of middle class and lower class workers. These gains in productivity means that a current minimum wage worker has to be doing more fiscally productive work throughout their shift than they had to 45+ years ago.

So why is it, that when adjusted for inflation, we are paying minimum wage workers less than their counterparts 45+ years ago made. They are doing more work and creating more in profits then their past counterparts, why do they deserve less? 

If the minimum wage had just kept pace with inflation since 1968 we would have a minimum wage of $10.90 right now.

If the minimum wage had kept place with productivity since 1968 we would have a minimum wage of $21.72

These facts lead me to some interesting questions you might want to consider. 

If the wealthy have been taking almost $14 per hour of work from each minimum wage worker, how much do you think they take from you?

If the minimum wage was $21.72 an hour, how much more do you think you would be compensated now if your boss knew you could go get a job flipping burgers for over $45,000 a year?

See when you argue that others people’s wages should be kept below a living wage, or below productivity increases all you are doing is arguing for a lower wage for yourself. 

Those minimum wage jobs act as competition for workers time. If they are paying enough to lure away good prospects from other jobs, the compensation for those other jobs must be raised if other companies want to retain the talent they have or to acquire new talent.  

As a consumer, options are good for you. The more options you have for work, the higher your wages are going to be. The more options you have in product choice, the lower you will pay for a good. 

These are simple economic truths. 

But if you want to still argue that all of our wages should be kept down because minimum wage workers don’t “deserve” $15 an hour, by all means, go ahead.

- @theliberaltony

$15 minimum wage bill passes Illinois House of Representatives

  • The Illinois House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday that would gradually raise the state’s $8.25-an-hour minimum wage to $15 an hour.
  • SB71, which would increase the state’s minimum wage incrementally to $15 an hour over the course of five years, now heads to the state Senate.
  • Supporters of the bill and labor activists celebrated the 61-53 vote Tuesday as a victory for advocates of a higher minimum wage. Read more (6/1/17)
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NEOLIBERALISM is that politician who’s just a tad too friendly with big business & Wall Street banks, but not very friendly to teachers and labor unions. Neoliberalism is “socially liberal, but very fiscally conservative

Neoliberalism is for good things like marriage equality, but its also in favor of terrible things like private prisons, mass incarceration, privatized schools, gutting welfare, “means testing” basic social services, and approving the keystone pipeline

Neoliberalism never goes hard in the paint for a $15 an hour minimum wage

Neoliberalism is putting a smiley face on harmful Republican fiscal policies

Neoliberalism is soft conservatism

anonymous asked:

Do you think fast food workers should be paid the same as EMTs?? Because here in California EMTs make $15/hr. EMTs are the people who ride in the ambulance to go save people's life's.

So, what you are telling me is that you think that if fast food workers get paid $15 an hour that everyone else’s wages would stay the same.

This line of thinking requires a lack of understanding of economics. That just isn’t how it works. If an EMT can quit and make the same money “flipping burgers” most of those EMT’s would leave their much more stressful jobs and go work for a fast food company. 

But EMT’s are still needed, Hospitals would lose massive revenues if there is no one to treat people on the way to the hospital. If the patient dies on the way to the hospital, they will have a hard time billing for treatments, since they cannot give any. As the number of EMT’s drops, it would become necessary for companies to pay EMT’s more so that they could attract and/or keep EMT’s. In turn, the wages for EMT’s would rise.

I have answered an ask similar to this in the past, so I am just going to quote myself:

“We have made huge gains in productivity in this country on the backs of middle class and lower class workers. These gains in productivity mean that a current minimum wage worker has to be doing more fiscally productive work throughout their shift than they had to 45+ years ago.

So why is it, that when adjusted for inflation, we are paying minimum wage workers less than their counterparts 45+ years ago made. They are doing more work and creating more in profits than their past counterparts, why do they deserve less?

If the minimum wage had just kept pace with inflation since 1968 we would have a minimum wage of $10.90 right now.

If the minimum wage had kept place with productivity since 1968 we would have a minimum wage of $21.72

These facts lead me to some interesting questions you might want to consider.

If the wealthy have been taking almost $14 per hour of work from each minimum wage worker, how much do you think they take from you?

If the minimum wage was $21.72 an hour, how much more do you think you would be compensated now if your boss knew you could go get a job flipping burgers for over $45,000 a year?

See when you argue that others people’s wages should be kept below a living wage, or below productivity increases, all you are doing is arguing for a lower wage for yourself.

Those minimum wage jobs act as competition for workers time. If they are paying enough to lure away good prospects from other jobs, the compensation for those other jobs must be raised if other companies want to retain the talent they have or to acquire new talent.  

As a consumer, options are good for you. The more options you have for work, the higher your wages are going to be. The more options you have in product choice, the lower you will pay for a good.

These are simple economic truths.

But if you want to still argue that all of our wages should be kept down because minimum wage workers don’t “deserve” $15 an hour, by all means, go ahead.”

- @theliberaltony

remedialaction  asked:

"If McDonalds can't afford to pay what I say they should be paying, they're a failure because reasons. Somehow increasing labor costs won't also lead to price increases because I expect the companies to just eat the cost cus I've never heard of profit margins."

You know McDonald’s pays their employees in Australia $15 an hour, yeah?


Also, without changing the salary of the executives or bonuses to CEOs or anything else,  If the minimum wage were increased to $15 an hour, prices at fast food restaurants would rise by an estimated 4.3 percent, according to a new study. That would mean a McDonald’s Big Mac, which currently goes for $3.99, would cost about 17 cents more, or $4.16.

sort of a fuck coworkers, I guess. I work at a carousel at my local mall, and when I was hired, it made for 5 employees, including the two managers. one of them quit in spectacular fashion (because honestly, K, the hiring manager, has a very specific idea of what a good candidate for employment looks like and I only barely squeezed into that. if you’ve had multiple positions that only last 1-2 months, forget about even getting an interview, and that sorta pisses me off, she’s one of those older people that also gave me a bit of a “hurr durr technology is evil and einstein was a witch” chat the other day, but I digress.) leaving just the two managers, me, and one other woman. the managers are already there all the damn time, the other woman that’s there really doesn’t want that many hours (must be nice to have enough income to not really need 15 hours at minimum wage), so I was asked how many hours I actually want. I’ll take all the hours I can get, but I need time to get back into the swing of working. the two jobs I’ve had together for a while haven’t required a lot of me, one only needs like five hours on the weekend, at night, and the other is about an hour and a half, two days a week, after the grade schools get out. I’m not used to getting up in the morning. I’ve got a list of chronic illnesses as long as my arm, and insomnia kicks the shit right out of me. I was supposed to have my last training shift this morning, but I’d only had like two hours of sleep and I texted the manager I was supposed to work with, saying there was no way in hell I could do this. I need to finish my training, getting in a morning shift before I start taking actual operator shifts, and she doesn’t work any more mornings between now and the first day I’m scheduled. I’m not expecting to work mornings ever, but I do sorta have to know how to open because there’s only ever one of us there at a time.

tl;dr: local carousel violently understaffed, new worker just trying her damnedest to keep up

veilrony  asked:

I've only heard negative things about the NDP in Alberta... What positive things have the NDP done over here? (I'm not trying to be aggressive, I'm genuinely curious.)

Here’s a few. Feel free to add more if I’ve missed anything major.

-Put out a plan endorsed by the Oil Industry & Environmentalists to reduce CO2 emissions.

-They’ve created an ‘Alberta Child Benefit’ aiming to bring low income families and children out of poverty.

-Have begun diversifying Alberta’s economy

-Is reducing school fees

-Despite the economic downturn they’ve refused to resort to austerity, keeping schools and hospitals funded.

-They’ve put policies into place to protect LGBTQ youth in schools

-They’ve brought out a plan to give subsidies to people who want to save energy in their home (Free LED’s, low flow showers, etc)

-They’ve brought out a plan to subsidize the installation of solar panels on homes & businesses, making it more affordable.

-Are committed to raising the minimum wage to $15/hour by 2018.

-Have banned Corporate & Union donations.

politico.com
Pelosi: Dems will pass $15 minimum wage if we take power
Pelosi endorsed a $15 minimum wage in 2015, aligning with Bernie Sanders.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday vowed to take up a $15 minimum wage in the first 100 hours of the next Congress if Democrats take back the chamber next year.

Pelosi offered the commitment while appearing alongside fellow Democratic leaders and advocates to release new legislation raising the minimum wage to $15. Her comments offer an early view at Democrats’ potential agenda for the House if they can regain control in 2018, a long-shot prospect that some in the party think could grow increasingly more realistic given President Donald Trump and the GOP’s recent struggles.

If “we win the election,” Pelosi told the gathered audience, “in the first 100 hours we will pass a $15 minimum wage.”

The California Democrat conspicuously harkened to 2007, when her caucus raised the minimum wage to its current level of $7.25 as part of an ambitious campaign for its first 100 hours in power. That 10-year-old agenda also included lowering the interest rate on student loans and allowing the government to negotiate drug prices under Medicare.

Please. Vote in 2018.

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I’ve got two years left in my Animation program. I have some money from my Nona and money from OSAP (Ontario student assistance program) that will help me with my living expenses during the next 16 months of school time (8 months in year 2, 8 months in year 3), but I also need to survive the remainder of this summer and the next summer, between year 2 and 3.

I only need to earn about 150 dollars a week, 600 a month, while I’m in school and during the summer months to make it through until graduation. That’s about 15 hours of work a week, 10 once minimum wage goes up, or about 30 bucks a day, not counting weekends. Once I’m graduated, I will likely have a job in the animation industry as it’s a big industry in my city and most grads have a job BEFORE graduating. I’m talking a 96% rate of students having jobs lined up before they’ve officially graduated. 

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The whole $15-an-hour-should-be-minimum-wage debate has nothing to do with “fast food employees don’t have $15 an hour skills” or “they’ll be paid more than our troops!”
Guess what
You can’t support yourself on minimum wage. So instead of bashing fast food employees and saying “there are people risking their lives for this country that get paid less! You aren’t worth $15 an hour!” How about you really think about it like this: people risking their lives should also be paid more.
Anyone working any level job should at the least be able to support themselves.

Stop dehumanizing fast food workers. No life is worth more than another. Some people have disabilities. Some people can’t work bigger more demanding jobs. Hell, some fast good workers would love to serve but can’t because they have disabilities!

People serving, and people serving food both deserve to be paid enough to support themselves.

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JACK WHITE TO SERVE ON MEGAN BARRY’S NEW GENDER EQUITY COUNCIL

“I believe all human beings in this planet and in this society we live in deserve to be treated the same,” he said. “They deserve to be treated the same in their social lives and in their financial and business careers as well.”

White, said it is “embarrassing” that a gender wage gap still exists. He said pay should not be dictated by gender, or whether an individual is transgender or gender neutral.

“In my life in the arts, I’ve always considered it unfair when, for example, while producing a record, that a drummer would be less than a singer simply because that singer had an agent or representative,” he said. “I think they should be paid the same.“

“Now wouldn’t it be just as ridiculous to pay two fiddle players a different wage because one of them is male and one of them is female? I think so.”

The hook for White’s involvement: Third Man Records’ policies for employees, which at a Wednesday press conference to announce the new council were lauded as a model for other small businesses. White said his record store has health insurance for all employees, six-month paid maternity leave for new mothers, three-month paid paternity leave and a $15-an-hour minimum wage for all employees regardless of gender.

Source: The Tennessean.

they just increased the minimum wage in my province to $15/hour which means i can’t go on facebook for the next week because of all the ppl complaining about it lmao

Here’s something I don’t understand:
In the narrative of potentially raising minimum wage to a living wage, where workers will be able to actually earn enough to live at a level consistent with the average cost of living instead of under poverty, it confuses and saddens me that everyone is so quick to show off their math skills with such observations as “Raising minimum for fast food workers will only raise the price of your cheeseburger by 3 cents! If Walmart paid their employees a livable wage, your average bill would only increase by 72 cents!” Obviously the message they’re trying to convey is “This isn’t a lot; don’t be greedy! Care about people!”
But it seems to me that the missing step in their logical process should be obvious as well. I have not yet seen anyone ask “Who is the audience for this message?” When you specifically mention Walmart and fast food and the pennies difference that we assume a change in wages will cause (not an illogical assumption), you are basically saying “You, minimum wage worker, who can only afford to sustain yourself by shopping at the cheapest places because that is also where you most likely work, will be getting a pay increase but will also bear the financial burden of a change in the market, therefor diminishing the small gains you have fought hard for.” We are so used to a capitalist economic system which devalues and dehumanizes its labor that we automatically assume the affect of any change in the market, especially for the benefit of the labor force, will be detrimental (no matter how miniscule) to that labor force and not to those who benefit the most from our labor. But why should it be this way?
We could just as easily be making posts saying “Raising minimum wage to $15 an hour would only decrease a Walmart CEO’s annual income of $40 million to $36 million! That’s not a lot! Don’t be greedy!” I honestly don’t see how anyone could possibly have a problem with this. The rich dude is still rich, and the workers aren’t barely scraping by trying not to end up on the street anymore via increased wages and stable market prices.
But that’s not the narrative the assholes in charge of all this want us to hear. They don’t want us to think about them and their wealth at all, because the minute we start doing that we might actually realize that they created this whole desperate environment for their own benefit… and we might actually realize there’s more of us than them and try to stop them.

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uhhh sorry but ?? this really pisses me off ?? my heart fucking bleeds for her truly honestly. she’s sitting here on millions of dollars and dozens upon dozens of opportunities ?? some people don’t even have a fucking roof over their heads to sleep at night, or others are working 15 hour days in order to make minimum wage to keep the roof they do have, and her biggest fucking issue in life is whether people call her an instagram model or a real one. god these people.. the hadid sisters.. the jenners.. they’re all so fucking sheltered it hurts, like can you believe ?? it ?? i’m not saying she needs to be #woke and it’s her fault that she was born into the wealth that she was but she cannot sit there and fucking say she works her ass off when we all know full well she’d be a millionaire either fucking way, and she can’t sit and say that it’s disrespectful and wrong for somebody to call her an instagram model and not a real one because of how hard she works - like ?? ill tell you what’s disrespectful and wrong sis, u and all your sheltered friends sitting around acting like the world owes you a fucking living because you’re pretty and skinny and if you think posting pics to instagram and strutting (badly) down a catwalk whilst flying all over the world and being waited on hand and foot is ‘working hard’ then i dare you to step into somebody else’s shoes. someone who is waiting tables every night or working in retail, someone who is working three jobs and STILL can only just afford to make their rent. all of these people are in the world and living breathing human beings and i ain’t sitting here disregarding the fact that she works because ?? i’m sure she does to some certain extent but i’ll tell you her version of 'work’ is very different to everybody else’s and i’d love to do her 'job’ for just a fucking day. GOD these people !! i can’t stand any of them !!!!!!!!!!!!

secluded-delusions  asked:

Which party do you think is the one to least infringe on minority rights? I'd like to vote Green Party but since Trudeau insists on keeping FPTP system, which party do you think has a chance on winning that seems to actually care about the environment and minority rights? I'm so unsure of which party to vote for now. Thanks for the effort you put into this blog, I really appreciate it and trying to become more informed about our politics but I'm never sure which news outlet to follow.

If you want a progressive party that can realistically win, the NDP is your answer.

The Greens don’t actually have as strong a record on social issues as the NDP, and only in very few ridings do the Greens have any chance. If you’re not a fan of the Liberals and want a more progressive party, the NDP is a good one that has a long history of advocating for minority rights and the environment.

The NDP:

-Supports Electoral Reform, and wants Proportional Representation.

-Had the strongest climate change plan in the last federal election (even stronger than the Green Party)

They oppose the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline project (both federally and in BC):

Resounding “no” from B.C. NDP Leader on Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion project

Several B.C. NDP members calling for reversal of Kinder Morgan decision

-Has a long history of advocating for LGBTQ rights. Although Justin Trudeau’s government has introduced legislation giving human rights protections to transgender people in Canada, the NDP has been the one fighting for this for most of the past decade.

Other LGBTQ NDP stuff:

-The NDP has been the most active party trying to help refugees fleeing from Trump’s USA:

NDP: Liberals must provide resources needed for asylum-seekers at our border

-The NDP was the major party trying to bring attention to crises involving indigenous people like Attawapiskat. This is back in 2011, when people weren’t even paying attention to the issue:

NDP challenges Harper to visit Attawapiskat himself

And here’s 2016:

World ‘shocked’ by Attawapiskat suicide crisis: NDP MP Charlie Angus

I could go on and on. If you’re tired of the Liberals and want a progressive government, support the NDP. They have enough of a base to win under FPTP (unlike the Greens), and their policies are much more progressive than the Liberals.

The NDP also in many provinces support a $15/hour minimum wage, expansion of our healthcare system & elimination of university tuition.

Sometimes Facebook is very useful, for example Ontario announced a minimum wage increase to $15/hour by 2019 and now I know exactly which of my friends are assholes about and to poor people.