raising the wage

According to my Dad the Republican™, people who want the minimum wage raised “don’t understand what it’s for” and that the businesses he worked for when he was younger would have had to change their entire business model to accommodate it so I just wanna say, controversial opinion here apparently, but if your business can’t afford to pay its employees a living wage it’s because uhh your current business model ain’t worth shit. Lol

Minimum Wage Employee: I deserve a raise. No one who works full time should live in poverty.

Median Wage Employee: No way! Then you’ll make as much as I do. 

CEO: You don’t even want to know how much I make. But please keep blaming poor people even though nothing is stopping you from also demanding a raise.

FUCK YOU IF YOU THINK FULL TIME  MINIMUM WAGE EMPLOYEES DON’T DESERVE TO LIVE DECENTLY.

THIS FUCKING “MYTH” THAT PEOPLE WHO WORK MINIMUM WAGE JOBS LACK AMBITION AND HAVE NO SKILLS NEEDS TO DIE. CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:
- COLLEGE GRADUATES NEEDING TO PAY OFF THEIR STUDENT LOANS AND ALSO LIVE SOMEWHERE AND EAT
- COLLEGE STUDENTS WHO NEED TO PAY TUITION AND ALSO LIVE SOMEWHERE AND EAT
- ARTISTS WHO NEED TO SUPPORT THEIR OWN SKILLS AND PASSION AND ALSO LIVE SOMEWHERE AND EAT 
- FELONS WHO ARE TRYING TO GET BACK ON THEIR FEET AND ALSO LIVE SOMEWHERE AND EAT 
- SINGLE MOTHERS WHO ARE TRYING TO RAISE A CHILD AND ALSO LIVE SOMEWHERE AND EAT

PEOPLE NEED TO FUCKING EAT AND SLEEP AND IF YOU THINK THAT THEY DON’T DESERVE THAT BECAUSE YOU PERCIEVE THEIR JOB TO BE “ABOVE YOU” THEN YOU. ARE. A. SELFISH. DICK. 

AND IF ANYONE COMES INTO MY INBOX WITH SOME STUPID FUCKING BULSHIT I WILL GO OFF ON THEM THE LIKES OF WHICH THEY HAVE NEVER SEEN.

"McDonald's and Walmart can afford to pay the $15 minimum wage!"

You’re right, they probably can. You know who can’t? Mr. and Mrs. Smith who run the corner store downtown. Mr. and Mrs. Smith are going to go out of business because they could never afford to pay the workers that much if they were legally required to. And McDonald’s and Walmart aren’t really upset about paying the higher wages because they’ve just driven all their competitors of business. I don’t want to hear you complaining about big corporations running small businesses out of town if you support raising the minimum wage to a level that small businesses could never reach.

(democrats in 2019 getting lined up against a wall and shot by the trump sponsored paramilitary) still better than working with communists and actually having to raise the minimum wage!!!

You know why conservatism is a fucking scam? All throughout Obama’s 8 years they said we didn’t have money for anything: not for recession stimulus, not for better healthcare, not for a raise in minimum wage, not for new bridges and roads, not for natural disaster relief, not even for 9/11 First Responders’ lung cancer treatment. But, now, Republicans are in power, and immediately they don’t have any problem with buying an entirely useless wall to feed Trump’s self-blowjob vanity for 20+ billion dollars. Conservatism. Is. A. Scam.
—  Levi Olson
This needs to be said

Arguing to raise the minimum wage to a living wage hurts the feelings of wealthy job creators who work very hard.

The 1% has been unfairly treated by the media since Occupy Wall Street.

Consider that rich people get anxiety and depression too?? Like I love how y'all are all “I care about people struggling with mental illness uwu” but then when Warren Buffet talks about income inequality you mock him for being hypocritical?? That makes him feel bad???

Do you know how stressed Goldman Sachs was during the 2008 financial crisis???

Do you know how sad Elon Musk feels when people criticize his business practices?

When you say “I hate capitalism” you’re literally making rich people miserable. You’re blaming them for cronyism the government allows for. You’re blaming them for the actions of the invisible hand. It’s invisible?? Like?? What the fuck are you doing blaming corporations for it??? They can’t see it????

Okay I got that off my chest. Non-CEOs can reblog to support us.

The problem is not regular minimum wage jobs going up. The problem here would be that paramedic making a pathetic amount of money compared to what they do. I made 12.50 as a hostess.
Raising the minimum wage would get this paramedic in the scenario much closer to what they deserve as a salary. Do people not realize that?

Also, why, in every one of these fucking posts, are fast-food workers used as an example? You know minimum wage affects FAR more people and types of jobs than that, right? You can have a degree and be paid less than $15 hourly. But, apparently, unless you’re in the medical profession, you don’t deserve more. And evidently everyone that isn’t in the medical profession works at McDonalds.

Let’s not deny an entire mass of people a working wage because you got an incorrect order. That is moronic. How about you campaign and work toward fixing the actual problem in this scenario rather than turning on the working class. Look upwards, not downwards.

P.s. Any minimum wager could easily call out high paid jackasses for not doing their jobs, that they are highly paid to do, correctly but do you see that as often as this? Nope. Because they are focused on getting their fair wage, not just wildly pointing fingers. [Ending was edited out because it was a simple joke and people took it seriously then blew it way out of proportion]

Don’t let your employer tell you that this is unreasonable.

While I was in training at my new job, I got into a conversation with my boss about wages. He said it was important to him to pay his employees a living wage and asked me if I thought my wage is reasonable. We had a conversation about cost of living and local minimum wage laws. I broke it down and discussed what kind of apartment I could rent, bills I could pay, food I could afford, at my wage (I agreed that it was a reasonable living wage). When I was hired, he told me my starting wage, when I could expect raises and retention bonuses, and mentioned my coworker’s wages (same wage/raises/bonuses as mine). My mind is completely blown. I’ve never worked a job with this kind of transparency and care for employee income. It’s a small business, definitely not a huge income, and I’ve been to my boss’ house and seen that he lives a modest but comfortable lifestyle. I’m not eating instant noodles to line his pockets.

Don’t let your employer tell you that this is unreasonable.

You know what’s a major pet peeve for me when it comes to arguments against raising the minimum wage? All the references to food service workers as “burger flippers”. Burger flippers are not a thing. You’re never going to see a restaurant post a sign that says “help wanted: hiring burger flippers.” “Burger flipper” is a term used pretty much exclusively to condescend to food service workers and downplay the real work and stress that goes into food service. It makes out like minimum wage workers are lazy people who are literally just standing at a grill, occasionally moving a spatula, all day, mindlessly, and that is their one and only responsibility, which anyone who has ever worked in food service can tell you is not what that job entails. It’s rhetoric used solely to designate them inferior. It doesn’t reflect the reality of minimum wage food service work. It’s annoying.

The Washerwomen Strike of 1881 in a Post-Civil War South

In the decades following the Civil War, many African American women found employment as domestic workers. During this time, despite the intense labor and resources their work required, the average black laundress earned wages from $4 to $8 a month.

In the Summer of 1881, twenty African American laundresses formed the Washing Society to advocate for higher wages, respect, and autonomy over their work. The Washing Society was a trade organization that used door-to-door canvassing to recruit laundresses in Atlanta into the organization. In just three weeks, 3,000 black women laundresses in Atlanta, Georgia went on strike.

The Washing Society members successfully established a flat rate of $1 per dozen pounds of wash, effectively raising their own wages in spite of the City Council’s imposed fees, and local authorities’ arrests and home visits. Other workers in the domestic industry such as cooks, maids, and nurse were inspired by the efforts of the Washing Society. The strike served as a reminder to the community, of the importance of African American labor in the post-Civil War South.