$15 an hour minimum wage

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.

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Hey guys, I just recently found out that I’m pregnant. I’m about 6ish weeks along, and I really need an abortion. I’m currently in university, and i have to pay my tuition soon as well. I work 12-15 hours a week on a minimum wage and I just financially and mentally cannot afford a pregnancy.
Even in the short time I’ve been pregnant, I’ve been depressed and anxious, I can’t sleep or eat, and I’m nauseous and puking all the time. I can’t imagine going through 9 more months if this.
My abortion is either going to be $650 or $750 (depending on blood type), and my boyfriend and I can cover about $200-$300, and insurance may cover some, but there’s still a lot of money I need to raise. If you could spare even a few bucks, id be so grateful. I could provide pictures of receipts to all who donate, and could even send you “thank you” foodies once I am well again.
It would mean the world if you could donate to my paypal I have set up for this: paypal.me/aebchlo
My abortion is either going to be $650 or $750 (depending on blood type), and my boyfriend and I can cover about $200-$300, and insurance may cover some, but there’s still a lot of money I need to raise. I could provide receipts to all who donate, and could even send you “thank you” goodies once I am well again.

Fight for 15 plans 'most disruptive' wage protest and strike after Thanksgiving
Thousands of low-wage airport and fast-food workers across US plan to protest on fourth anniversary of first major action in light of Trump’s election victory
By Sam Thielman

Tens of thousands of low-wage workers will protest at 20 different airports including Chicago’s O’Hare international airport and New Jersey’s Newark Liberty on 29 November, according to organizers from the group Fight for 15.

In addition to the strike at airports, fast-food workers, home care and childcare workers also plan to protest as part of the Fight for $15 movement calling for a $15-an-hour minimum wage and union rights.

Terrence Wise, a McDonald’s worker from Kansas City, Missouri, said Donald Trump’s election had reaffirmed the group’s determination to push for change. “We reject sexism and racism and we will not allow our friends and family members to be deported,” Wise said. “This will not happen.”

“On November 29 we will wage our most disruptive strike and protest ever,” Wise said.

Looks like J20 might be coming slightly earlier.

I saw an article on Wall Street Journal about how people calling for a $15 an hour wage will make Veteran employees feel bad?

And I’m just like??? Yeah? And that’s the fault of the employees calling for $15.00 an hour why? Like, wages have stagnated. Raising the minimum wage to $15.00 will likely raise other wages.

If the employers don’t raise the wages of the veteran employees to go along with this minimum wage raise, then they’re the bad guys, not the people calling for $15.00

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.

Poverty is a Death Sentence

Speaking at a forum at a Carter Memorial Church of god in Christ, Baltimore, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday said the life expectancy for someone born in Baltimore’s poorest neighborhood is almost 20 years shorter than for someone born in the richest neighborhood.

15 Baltimore neighborhoods have lower life expectancies than North Korea. Two of them have a higher infant mortality rate than Palestine’s West Bank.

He said Baltimore teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 face poorer health conditions and a worse economic outlook than those in economically distressed cities in Nigeria, India, China, and South Africa.
Children in Baltimore have the least chance of escaping poverty of any big city in America,” Sanders said

Sanders prescriptions for addressing the problem include:

  • Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
  • Putting 13.000.000 people to work rebuilding America’s aging infrastructure.
  • Embarking on a crash program to provide affordable housing by constructing, rehabilitating and preserving at least 3.5 million affordable homes and apartments over the next decade. “We should not have buildings that I just walked past that are all boarded up when we desperately need affordable housing.”
  • Creating 1.000.000 jobs for disadvantaged young Americans and job opportunities for young adults through the $5.5 billion Employ Young Americans Now Act.
  • Rewriting job-killing trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement and normalized trade with China which have cost Maryland 72,000 factory jobs, more than 41% of its manufacturing workforce.
  • Reforming a criminal justice system that puts more Americans behind bars – at a cost of $80 billion a year – than any other nation in the world.

This is a good list of targets, that shows Bernie to us. We now face big problems in the economy, we can start from remembering a Detroit industrial problems. The biggest problem is that there’s a great influence on rich people in all spheres of our society - and it’s gonna be an extremely hard problem for solving. It’s not gonna be easy, but I think Bernie can do something. He’ll be a strong president!


it’s so so so sad that like 85% of people my age are struggling to even survive and get basic food and shelter

like I barely have enough to survive and I’m still making minimum wage @15 hours a week and yet somehow I’m more privileged than like half my generation 

i just found out someone I used to know a few years back is living in a tent now, like, this is Not Okay that it’s sad but barely shocking 

every time someone comes to me asking about how much they should charge for commissions I say exactly the same thing: you should be charging minimum wage per hour at the very, very least.

minimum wage in the UK is £6.50 if you are over 21, which is roughly $10.15 an hour.

you should be charging much more than minimum wage if you are anything more than a very beginner artist. why? because you have a skill. a skill you have trained and a skill other people do not have, which is why they are hiring you, and it is this skill that makes your time worth more than minimum wage, the amount you would be paid were you scrubbing toilets or sweeping streets.

minimum wage is pitifully low for a skilled job and anyone who is not willing to pay you this much is not worth your time. if you are struggling to find commissioners, build your audience by drawing what you love to draw first. for intermediate/experienced artists, consider charging $30-40 an hour. if you are well-known or very skilled you should be charging more than this. you should not be selling any commercial rights for this rate.

please value yourself.

  • Bernie: What's the point of even having a minimum wage if people working full time are still living in poverty? We need to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour.
  • Billionaire, soaking in a hot tub of champaign on one of their six yachts, sailing to their personal island made entirely out of caviar, hundred dollar bills, and the rotting flesh of the proletariat: $15/hour?!?!?!?!? Your greed is going to destroy the economy!!!!!!

New York state recently announced an increase in the minimum wage for fast food workers, to $15 an hour. It’s the fruit of a three-year labor campaign.

But there’s another group of workers out there that hasn’t had a real wage increase in decades. Right now, at preschool programs around the country, teachers are tapping infinite reserves of patience to keep the peace among children at various stages of development and need. They’re also providing meals, wiping noses and delivering a curriculum in math and reading that will get the kids ready for school.

What Do We Value More: Young Kids Or Fast Food?

Illustration credit: LA Johnson/NPR

A Tale of Two Americas

        Let’s play a little game I like to call “Two Americas.” I’ll start by describing two states in this great country of ours.

        State X is a leader in clean energy. In 2006, it passed landmark legislation requiring the state to cut its greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. Residents of this state are automatically given the option to register to vote when they obtain a driver’s license or state-issued ID. There is no Voter ID law in State X, so residents face no barriers to voting. Transgender public school students are legally protected from discrimination and allowed to use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identity. The governor just signed a law raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022, the first state in the nation to do so. As part of the Affordable Care Act, State X expanded Medicaid in 2013, allowing millions of people to finally obtain health insurance and treatment for their chronic medical conditions.

        Now let’s take a look at State Y. This state’s governor summed up his position on climate change as follows: “I don’t get caught up in the ‘quote’ global warming debate because I frankly think there are some things that are out of our control.” State Y recently passed HB 2, which forces transgender citizens to use public bathrooms matching their birth gender and bars cities and counties enacting non-discrimination policies protecting gay or transgender citizens. That same law prevents cities and counties from enacting a higher minimum wage than the state level of $7.25/hour. State Y requires women seeking an abortion to wait 72 hours, have an invasive and totally unnecessary ultrasound, and then have that private medical record sent to the state Department of Health and Human Services. The state has a strict photo ID law, meaning a resident who lacks the required ID will be denied their Constitutional right to vote. State Y chose not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, denying nearly 600,000 of its poorest residents a chance at health insurance.

        Now for the fun part. Can you guess which political party controls the legislature and governorship in State X, and which in State Y?

        Hopefully this isn’t too taxing. State X is California, led by Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) and featuring solid Democratic majorities in the state House and Senate. State Y is North Carolina, where Gov. Pat McCrory (R-NC) and the Republican-controlled legislature have a similar grip on power.

        The razor-sharp contrast between these two states is illustrative of a larger phenomenon in 2016 America. We are a country at a turbulent crossroads. Some would go as far as to say we risk coming apart at the seams. At a minimum, it seems there are two Americas waging a bitter battle over the future of the country.

One that wants to move into the future, another that is clinging with all its might to the past.

One that embraces a rapidly diversifying population, and one that views these changes as threats to the traditional American power structure.

One that welcomes people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and one that yearns for a return to the days when LGBT citizens were forced into silence.

One that believes government can and should make life better for average Americans, and the other that believes government is the root of all evil and must be sabotaged at all costs.

One that welcomes all people to this country, and one that scapegoats undocumented immigrants and exploits xenophobia and Islamophobia for political gain.

One that recognizes the urgent threat of climate change and wants to break free from fossil fuels, and one that denies such a threat and places little if any value on the environment that we will leave behind.

These diametrically opposed visions for America helps explain why our modern politics has such a schizophrenic quality and why Congress is hopelessly deadlocked. For every progressive victory, there is a conservative backlash. When the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide last year, one may have hoped Republican leaders would take it as yet another cue that times had changed and they needed to be more inclusive to survive as a national party.

Instead, GOP legislatures across the south have doubled down on bigotry by passing a flurry of “religious freedom” bills allowing restaurants, bakers, and other businesses to refuse service to gay customers on religious grounds. It speaks of a party that is bent on subverting progress and clinging to a romanticized, Leave It To Beaver-era America that never really existed. Clearly, the GOP will have to be dragged into the 21st century kicking and screaming.

Nationally, the Republican Party is in deep trouble. Even with a full-scale voter suppression effort, the country’s changing demographics combined with the party’s rigidity and unpopularity among minorities are making it harder for a Republican to win the White House with each successive election.

On the state level, however, the Republican Party is thriving. They control 31 governorships and 31 state legislatures. Democrats control 18 and 7, respectively. So we end up with a Democratic president doing whatever he can to enact a progressive agenda, and many states in the country working furiously to undermine him at every turn.

Part of this imbalance stems from voter suppression. Part of it is caused by the obscene amounts of money the Koch brothers and their ilk pour into local, state, and federal elections. But the most important cause is the one for which Democrats and left-leaning voters themselves are to blame. Their turnout rates in midterm/off-year elections are abysmal, while Republicans are reliable voters in these elections. This led to massive losses for the Democrats in 2010 and 2014 and six years of gridlock, both in Congress and at the state and local level. In essence, liberals gave Obama a Democratic Congress and a mandate to govern in 2008, and then let the GOP take it away because they couldn’t be bothered to vote in 2010 or 2014.

It’s not enough for progressives to wring their hands about regressive right-wing laws after the fact. We can’t rely on outrage and lawsuits to fix this problem. We have to start doing something to prevent it, and that something is very simple: vote in every election. If Democrats continue to spurn midterm and off-year elections, this sad state of two Americas will continue. Whether you get a living wage, breathable air, access to healthcare, and basic human dignity will depend entirely on your state of residence. This is unacceptable in 2016.

The inscription on the Supreme Court says “equal justice under law.” All those who truly believe those words need to start making them a reality by voting in every election.

Why We Must Try

Instead of “Yes we can,” many Democrats have adopted a new slogan this election year: “We shouldn’t even try.”

We shouldn’t try for single-payer system, they say. We’ll be lucky if we prevent Republicans from repealing Obamacare.

We shouldn’t try for a $15 an hour minimum wage. The best we can do is $12 an hour.

We shouldn’t try to restore the Glass-Steagall Act that used to separate investment and commercial banking, or bust up the biggest banks. We’ll be lucky to stop Republicans from repealing Dodd-Frank.

We shouldn’t try for free public higher education. As it is, Republicans are out to cut all federal education spending.

We shouldn’t try to tax carbon or speculative trades on Wall Street, or raise taxes on the wealthy. We’ll be fortunate to just maintain the taxes already in place.

Most of all, we shouldn’t even try to get big money out of politics. We’ll be lucky to round up enough wealthy people to back Democratic candidates.  

“We-shouldn’t-even-try” Democrats think it’s foolish to aim for fundamental change – pie-in-the-sky, impractical, silly, naïve, quixotic. Not in the cards. No way we can.

I understand their defeatism. After eight years of Republican intransigence and six years of congressional gridlock, many Democrats are desperate just to hold on to what we have.

And ever since the Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” decision opened the political floodgates to big corporations, Wall Street, and right-wing billionaires, many Democrats have concluded that bold ideas are unachievable.

In addition, some establishment Democrats – Washington lobbyists, editorial writers, inside-the-beltway operatives, party leaders, and big contributors – have grown comfortable with the way things are. They’d rather not rock the boat they’re safely in.

I get it, but here’s the problem. There’s no way to reform the system without rocking the boat. There’s no way to get to where America should be without aiming high.

Progressive change has never happened without bold ideas championed by bold idealists.

Some thought it was quixotic to try for civil rights and voting rights. Some viewed it as naïve to think we could end the Vietnam War. Some said it was unrealistic to push for the Environmental Protection Act.

But time and again we’ve learned that important public goals can be achieved – if the public is mobilized behind them. And time and again such mobilization has depended on the energies and enthusiasm of young people combined with the determination and tenacity of the rest. 

If we don’t aim high we have no chance of hitting the target, and no hope of mobilizing that enthusiasm and determination. 

The situation we’re in now demands such mobilization. Wealth and income are more concentrated at the top than in over a century. And that wealth has translated into political power.

The result is an economy rigged in favor of those at the top – which further compounds wealth and power at the top, in a vicious cycle that will only get worse unless reversed.

Americans pay more for pharmaceuticals than the citizens of any other advanced nation, for example. We also pay more for Internet service. And far more for health care.

We pay high prices for airline tickets even though fuel costs have tumbled. And high prices for food even though crop prices have declined.

That’s because giant companies have accumulated vast market power. Yet the nation’s antitrust laws are barely enforced.  

Meanwhile, the biggest Wall Street banks have more of the nation’s banking assets than they did in 2008, when they were judged too big to fail.

Hedge-fund partners get tax loopholes, oil companies get tax subsidies, and big agriculture gets paid off.

Bankruptcy laws protect the fortunes of billionaires like Donald Trump but not the homes of underwater homeowners or the savings of graduates burdened with student loans.

A low minimum wage enhances the profits of big-box retailers like Walmart, but requires the rest of us provide its employees and their families with food stamps and Medicaid in order to avoid poverty – an indirect subsidy of Walmart. 

Trade treaties protect the assets and intellectual property of big corporations but not the jobs and wages of ordinary workers.

At the same time, countervailing power is disappearing. Labor union membership has plummeted from a third of all private-sector workers in the 1950s to fewer than 7 percent today. Small banks have been absorbed into global financial behemoths. Small retailers don’t stand a chance against Walmart and Amazon.

And the pay of top corporate executives continues to skyrocket, even as most peoples’ real wages drop and their job security vanishes.

This system is not sustainable.

We must get big money out of our democracy, end crony capitalism, and make our economy and democracy work for the many, not just the few.

But change on this scale requires political mobilization.

It won’t be easy. It has never been easy. As before, it will require the energies and commitments of large numbers of Americans.

Which is why you shouldn’t listen to the “we-must-not-try” brigade. They’ve lost faith in the rest of us.

We must try.  We have no choice.

Visualizing Unemployment In Seattle After $15 Minimum Wage

A little over a year ago, Seattle increased the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Those opposed to minimum wage increases argued that it would result in an increase in unemployment.  Those in support argued that it would not, or in the alternative, the increase in unemployment would be negligible compared to the increase in real wages among the class of workers affected by the increase.

Here is U-3 unemployment data for the past five years (Jan. 2010-July 2015) for Seattle Washington (graphs via Google Public Data:)

Here is the labor force participation rate for the same period:

In the past year since the $15 minimum wage went into effect in Seattle, unemployment rate has actually gone down, while labor force participation has actually increased.

You can make what you want of this data.  You could point out, for example, the the minimum wage is just one of many moving parts of the economy, and that the deleterious effects of the $15 minimum wage on employment  was swallowed up by other factors.  You could also argue that one year out is not long enough to realize systemic effects of a minimum wage increase, as many business owners may choose different approaches to react to the minimum wage increase in the short term other than reducing staff numbers.

Both of these arguments are fine.  Really all you can tell from this data is precisely what it shows:  within one year of Seattle increasing it’s minimum wage to $15, labor force participation is up, and unemployment is down.  Do with that information what you wish.

Though Dunkin’ Brand CEO Nigel Travis supports “reasonable increases” to the minimum wage, he said that $15 per hour for fast food workers would be “absolutely outrageous.”

Travis made these remarks after a New York wage board recommended fast food workers earn a minimum of $15 an hour, with the increase going into effect before 2019 if the state labor commissioner approves of the change. Travis told CNN that the jump will amount to a 71 percent hike from the current state minimum, which he says will impact small businesses and franchises as well as hinder the company’s ability to hire more people.

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Some facts about Bernie Sanders

Jewish American
Active in the Civil Rights Movement
Independent Party but caucuses Democratic
Active in Politics since the 70s
Senator of Vermont
Participated in the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
Arrested for being in a peaceful protest against segregated schools
Graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in political science
Wants to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour
Wants to lower taxes for the lower and middle class
Wants to rebuild American manufacturing
Wants alternatives of energy other than fossil fuels and nuclear power
Believes that the NSA is getting out of control with spying on our people
Supports veterans and their families but believes that war isn’t always the answer
Wants children to receive a better education
Wants college to be affordable for everyone
Doesn’t like the high interest rates of federal student loans
Favors tuition free universities
Supports universal health care
Speaks out against police brutality
Supports same sex marriage since the 1970s
Supports separation of church and state
Respects other religions
Jewish but doesn’t identify as religious

This is the president we need