$15 an hour minimum wage

gudriin  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

Minimum wage or low wage worker are the backbones of our economy. When you tell us to just get a better job instead of giving us a decent wage you are not only being impractical, but you are also being really damn ignorant. Most of the luxuries you have are due to the work that people earning less than $15 for do for you. 

These people are:

  • Crossing guards
  • Servers
  • Baristas
  • Bartenders
  • Daycare workers
  • Cashiers
  • Janitors/cleaners/maids
  • Secretaries
  • Personal care aids
  • Grounds maintenance workers
  • Security guards
  • Construction workers
  • Amusement park and movie theater employees
  • Farm workers
  • Life guards
  • Parking lot attendants
  • Gambling dealers
  • Garment workers
  • Shampooers/salon workers
  • Cooks
  • Fast food workers
  • Call center workers
  • Taxi drivers
  • Drycleaners
  • Education assistants
  • Meat packers


42% of workers earn under $15 an hour

If everyone just got a better paying job, then society would collaspe.

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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.

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I work at the Mart of Wal, and I swear to fucking god management is so cheap. I was hired in mid September, and they started me at $12.35 an hour (15 cents above minimum wage). The kicker? Minimum wage goes up to $13.60 an hour on October 1st. I’ve got the lower wage for literally a paycheck and a half, and then they need to raise it, halfway between paychecks. It would have been so much easier to start me on $13.60 and save themselves the trouble, but no. Gotta screw me out of ONE paycheck.

I can already hear them screaming in rage, because next year the minimum wage boosts again and stops at $15. Oh the angry articles conservatives have written about that.

bisocialism  asked:

Curious about your response to minimum wage being raised to 15$ hurting small business owners. I lean towards the idea that people don't deserve to profit off of others poverty, period. But I always appreciate your insight on this blog!

Most minimum wage plans I’ve seen are phased in over a period of 4-5 years, and others have exemptions/modified rules around wage increases for small businesses. So I think those kinds of concessions alone should give small businesses time to adapt to a higher wage with minimal job losses.

Ontario is doing that in its $15/hour plans:

Ontario promises to help small business, farmers cope with $15 minimum wage

But really for me, it depends on how big a small business is, because in Canada a small business is just a business that has less than 100 employees. There are many small businesses who are making millions of dollars in profits and can afford to pay their employees a wage at least above the poverty line.

Also one big argument I have with people insisting that small business owners will go under with a higher minimum wage, is the fact that an increase of wages = an increase of purchasing power. That’s going to mean that all the customers in an area under a $15/hour minimum wage laws, will have more money to spend, which should help small businesses.

Also, and I’m going to be blunt, but if your business cannot afford to pay someone a wage that brings them out of poverty, you probably shouldn’t be running a business or at the very least you should slow down the expansion of your business and focus on your current employees before hiring anymore/building the company bigger. People in businesses should really take ethics into consideration when it comes to wages. It is ethically wrong to pay someone poverty wages, period.

Why the minimum wage shouldn't be $15 an hour.

Bringing up the minimum wage would also being up products thag people need. Bringing the minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour would cause products sold by a company to be more expensive in order to keep up with the rising cost of staff.

It would also be a lot harder to get a job. Putting companies under the stress of trying to keep up with paying workers $15 an hour would cause them to have to make their workforce a lot smaller. Along with people’s work only be worth so much.

Saying someone could work for a shoe company, and they can make one pair of shoes an hour, and the company sells that pair of shoes for $10. The person would be making 150% more than what their work is worth. Now, going going yo an hour employer, and saying, “I can make one pair of shoes an hour,” the employer will think, “that will only give us as $10 per hour increase in profits.”

Now the potential employee could say, “I’ll work for $10 an hour,” the employer will say, “Well I can’t pay you $10 an hour under the law.”

A minimum wage increase wouldn’t hurt the big companies, instead making smaller businesses shut down a lot faster, and make it hell of a lot harder to open a small business.

Minimum wage was never intended to be a working wage, and it will never be able to be a working wage. Which is why with hard work, and skill people work up ranks instead of staying at the bottom of the ladder in a minimum wage job.

anonymous asked:

What would raising the minimum wage to 15/hour do? I've heard that it's a good thing but it's never really been explained to me

In a nutshell? It would make all our lives better. 

PREPARE MY SOAPBOX, GENTLE READERS, FOR ONCE MORE IT IS TIME FOR ME TO TREAD UPON IT.

Ever hear the term “the working poor”? This is a term used to describe people who are working one or more minimum wage jobs, and are still so poor that many of them have to rely on government assistance to get by. This government assistance comes in the form of welfare, which is paid for by taxes. 

A lot of the working poor work for companies whose CEOs and upper management make thousands of times what their minimum wage employees make. Wal-Mart, for example, paid its CEO $25.6 million last year. And Wal-Mart generously raised its minimum wage this year to… $9 an hour. Meanwhile, last year Wal-Mart reported annual profits of $482 billion. That’s BILLION. With a motherfucking B.

Now here’s where it gets controversial. If deliriously profitable companies like Wally World doubled their minimum wage employees’ pay–say, from $7.50 in some states to $15 an hour–those employees would no longer have to rely on welfare to survive. So less of our tax dollars would go to supporting them.

The more people who are paid a living wage, the fewer people need to rely on tax-funded government assistance. So those tax dollars could get spent on other useful shit, like improving our public schools and repairing our infrastructure (both of which efforts would employ people, btw).

So let’s review:

  • Big companies pay their employees jack shit despite making billions in revenue.
  • The government uses our taxes to help those low-paid employees survive using welfare.
  • If the companies would give their employees raises, those employees would rely less on government assistance.
  • That tax revenue could be used elsewhere to improve our country.

So when people refer to the “welfare state” and “lazy people living off our tax dollars,” who do you think that REALLY means? Is it the working poor? Or is it their fucking employers who pay them so little that we need to subsidize their shitty paychecks?

We the Bitches are in favor of raising the minimum wage because we’re tired of picking up the slack of greedy corporations. As the great philosopher Chris Rock once said, “You know what that means when someone pays you minimum wage? You know what your boss was trying to say? ‘Hey if I could pay you less, I would, but it’s against the law.’”

Awhile ago I worked for the worst amusement part ever. Got paid minimum wage to work 18-15 hours.(usually 12 hours) they were awful about breaks and we worked 52 hour weeks with no over time because it was a seasonal job. They constantly screwed people to the point we didn’t have enough employees to run the park the last month and half we were open. the day before the park closed for the year, when they cut the park hours down I was working a 9 hour shift. Hour 8 came and no one had gotten me water no matter how many times I asked, no one would step in so I could go to the bathroom. They were finally sending me on break(15 min walk time and 30 mins clocked out) so I’d come back with 15 mins left and would probably leave an hour late like usual. I was done. I told the supervisor at the ride next me I was quitting and she kept begging me to stay(I was 1 of 3 people left from the beginning of the year of a crew of 32 people that went down to 11) I finally turned around and yelled “I cannot stand the idiots that come here anymore or this place” and left. Found out from my mom who also worked there in a different area that I got employee of the week that week😂

thevorax  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.

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

anonymous asked:

And yet the fact remains that the working poor do not actually have enough money to live with anything like dignity, and all those support services and worker's rights you talk about are on the republican chopping block, too. To hear it from you it sounds like we should just resign ourselves to being held hostage by the rich. Or maybe you think they know better than us? That wouldn't be odd to hear from a rationalist type.

What I’m arguing is that if it turns out a $15/hour minimum wage hurts the working poor then we should stop lobbying for it, and that it kind of looks like, from the initial studies of a $13/hour minimum wage, that a $15/hour minimum wage will in fact probably hurt the working poor. 

I know that when it looks like there’s only one way to make a situation better, “that won’t actually make the situation better” sounds a lot like “stop trying to make the situation better”. But they’re not the same. We have got to build a world that’s better for poor people, and to do that we have to be able to notice if the thing we’re doing doesn’t work. Even if that leaves us in a state of painful uncertainty about what will work. 

“Uh oh, I’m worried that it’s starting to look like this won’t work” is not “stop trying and do what you’re told”.

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.