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Minimum wage went up 10 cents today, gee..................

Started 1293927336.403 in Viewpoints | Last reply 1293995420.34 by Ripley109

wonder if I should go back to work, LOL

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barbados1293927438.9814405 PostsRegistered 5/21/2007

I think i'll take the increase. Beats sitting at home and not earning any money.

straitgirl1293929182.35321933 PostsRegistered 7/29/2006

I worked darn hard for my pension & social security so I'll pick to sit at home. I should have added I think they should have raised it a couple of bucks.

Lynneuk1293932274.6338328 PostsRegistered 11/3/2006

I'll book my around the world cruise tomorrow!{#emotions_dlg.laugh}

RedConvert­ibleGirl1293932385.614429 PostsRegistered 9/3/2005Pacific NW

Personally, I think it's too high as it is.

When we shoulder the mantle of compassion no cry goes unheard and no wound goes unhealed. In this world of seemingly endless suffering we have to believe that no one is beyond hope of rescue. Scotlund Haisley, Animal Rescue Corps

blahblahva­mpemerblah1293932479.5136204 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 1/1/2011 RedConvertibleGirl said:

Personally, I think it's too high as it is.

ITA. They raise it, and people lose their jobs. There was a big thing on Stossel about this just last night.

Yeah, FINALLY!!!!! Run Trey, run!

Troop_Angel1293932597.4835424 PostsRegistered 4/22/2006

Minimum wage jobs are meant to be a stepping stone; not jobs people stay in their whole life. But they just might if they keep raising them!


caligrl1293932639.839049 PostsRegistered 7/17/2008

Oh Boy, that will really help when gas goes up to five dollars a gallon!{#emotions_dlg.scared}

poregirl1293932844.197419 PostsRegistered 10/12/2009great white north

lets see: gas is up , groceries up, utilities up and employers dont get inflation?- sheesh

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Amaly1293932859.6833620 PostsRegistered 8/23/2008cali
On 1/1/2011 RedConvertibleGirl said:

Personally, I think it's too high as it is.

Your kidding

caligrl1293932990.819049 PostsRegistered 7/17/2008

Too high?? You can't live on it!

TrackerGal1293933042.63723626 PostsRegistered 8/7/2007
On 1/1/2011 RedConvertibleGirl said:

Personally, I think it's too high as it is.

HUH?

RedConvert­ibleGirl1293942452.214429 PostsRegistered 9/3/2005Pacific NW
On 1/1/2011 caligrl said:

Too high?? You can't live on it!

A teenager living at home working at McDonald's does not need to "live on it".

When we shoulder the mantle of compassion no cry goes unheard and no wound goes unhealed. In this world of seemingly endless suffering we have to believe that no one is beyond hope of rescue. Scotlund Haisley, Animal Rescue Corps

croemer1293943025.44376258 PostsRegistered 1/29/2009

Minimum wage is not meant to be a livable wage, but unfortunately many have to live on these wages and they just do not stretch very far.

"That what you gaze upon...you become"

star8261293943478.49712389 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004Coastal Ripkaland bordering Bixbyville and Dawkinstown

How many people know it's not the same in every state?

ck this:

http://www.dol.gov/whd/minwage/america.htm

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croemer1293943715.20376258 PostsRegistered 1/29/2009
On 1/1/2011 star826 said:

How many people know it's not the same in every state?

ck this:

http://www.dol.gov/whd/minwage/america.htm

Correct me if I am wrong but I believe it is based on cost of living and each state can decide the minimum wage of their state.

"That what you gaze upon...you become"

JudyL1293943742.662497 PostsRegistered 1/11/2008
On 1/1/2011 RedConvertibleGirl said:
On 1/1/2011 caligrl said:

Too high?? You can't live on it!

A teenager living at home working at McDonald's does not need to "live on it".

If teenagers living at home were the only ones getting minimum wage, you might be right.

However, it's the single mother trying to support herself and her child(ren) living in a rundown apartment in a bad part of town because she doesn't have enough education or hasn't had the opportunities she needs to do better or who suddenly finds herself on her own due to death or end of a marriage and never worked before or didn't finish her education, or it's the parents living in a 1 bedroom apartment with their kids who don't have the education or the resources to do better or get a better job, it's the educated man/woman who has been laid off and trying to do what he/she can to bring home some money, any money, so that his/her family can hopefully eat.

I could go on but I won't. Many, many people besides teenagers try to live on minimum wage. Some use it as a stepping stone, others it's their only means of support.

Judy

Dream. Live. Believe. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. Henry David Thoreau

MOPAR1293944080.893704 PostsRegistered 6/22/2010
On 1/1/2011 croemer said:

Minimum wage is not meant to be a livable wage, but unfortunately many have to live on these wages and they just do not stretch very far.

True. A couple of my DD's friends work 2 jobs because of this. These kids are very young with children. She has one gf that has a minimum wage paying job too, but she's going to college and still living at home so it works fine for her needs.

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circles1293944102.90317660 PostsRegistered 5/11/2005N.J.
On 1/1/2011 JudyL said:
On 1/1/2011 RedConvertibleGirl said:
On 1/1/2011 caligrl said:

Too high?? You can't live on it!

A teenager living at home working at McDonald's does not need to "live on it".

If teenagers living at home were the only ones getting minimum wage, you might be right.

However, it's the single mother trying to support herself and her child(ren) living in a rundown apartment in a bad part of town because she doesn't have enough education or hasn't had the opportunities she needs to do better or who suddenly finds herself on her own due to death or end of a marriage and never worked before or didn't finish her education, or it's the parents living in a 1 bedroom apartment with their kids who don't have the education or the resources to do better or get a better job, it's the educated man/woman who has been laid off and trying to do what he/she can to bring home some money, any money, so that his/her family can hopefully eat.

I could go on but I won't. Many, many people besides teenagers try to live on minimum wage. Some use it as a stepping stone, others it's their only means of support.

Judy

Thank you for the voice of reasoning....Some of the posters don't seem to understand or don't want to beleive how many of us live off minimum wage and every increase we are grateful for....I work with many older people...myself included who depend on that little check at the end of the week....

curlywhite­dog1293944756.5576570 PostsRegistered 6/2/2005Central NJ

It's all in how you look at it. A ten cent an hour wage hike isn't much, that's for sure, in fact, it's really pathetic, but I know people who haven't had a raise of any kind in three or four years.

Heck, I know people who are just happy they have a job. Yup, it's all in how you look at it.

Maria

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor in the morning the devil says "oh crap, she's up".

di-mc1293945125.3137543 PostsRegistered 12/4/2006the real world
On 1/1/2011 PinkSugar said:

I worked darn hard for my pension & social security so I'll pick to sit at home. I should have added I think they should have raised it a couple of bucks.

Really? That would mean everything would cost more, so the pay increase would not be a big help. Remember, the customer pays for the salary, the business passes the cost along.

The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.
Alexis de Tocqueville

star8261293946002.812389 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004Coastal Ripkaland bordering Bixbyville and Dawkinstown

I think when more people see the map of the US and which states pay the same or more than the federal rate and that there are a few states with no mandated minimum wage... that shocks me in the 21st century that it isn't the same in all 50 states...

What about restaurant workers? They depend in their tips... $2 something an hour! Please!

The system needs to be fixed!

http://www.dol.gov/whd/minwage/america.htm

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curlywhite­dog1293946192.0976570 PostsRegistered 6/2/2005Central NJ
On 1/1/2011 di-mc said:
On 1/1/2011 PinkSugar said:

I worked darn hard for my pension & social security so I'll pick to sit at home. I should have added I think they should have raised it a couple of bucks.

Really? That would mean everything would cost more, so the pay increase would not be a big help. Remember, the customer pays for the salary, the business passes the cost along.

You are so right. It's so easy for everyone to sit back and say "it should have been more" but the fact of the matter is that for every raise in the minimum wage there is either a cut down in staff or a compensatory raise of prices to the public which, in turn, even affects those who got the raise. Ask the guy who got laid off if he wouldn't have rather had his job back without the 10 cent raise and I'm sure he'll say to lose the raise and keep his job. Watched a great show the other night about exactly this...the effects of an obligatory raise. It showed many instances where a raise for all minimum wage workers has resulted in one or two layoffs. It showed how higher minimum wage has resulted in less teenagers getting into the work force with companies saying that if they were paying a higher wage then they wanted workers with a little more experience. A rise in the minimum wage, while sometimes necessary, does not come without baggage.

Seven or eight years back my husband's company went through a rough patch and the president and his directors made a decision to reach out to the employees. First of all, there would be no raises, that was for certain, but they asked each employee, including the directors, which included my husband who would not have been affected by the layoffs, if they were willing to take a 10% pay cut in order to save a few from layoffs and there was not one person, not one, who said they wouldn't be willing to do so. Exempted from the pay cut were those whose wages were less than $50,000 a year but everyone else was asked. It was a group decision where no one took a selfish position and everyone said yes and I think that was pretty amazing considering even those who wouldn't have been affected agreed so that others could keep working. The company is well back on it's feet and has been for a few years now but the goodness of those who said yes will never be forgotten and those who might have found themselves on the unemployment line were spared the loss of their job.

Maria

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Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor in the morning the devil says "oh crap, she's up".

di-mc1293946683.1637543 PostsRegistered 12/4/2006the real world

Maria,

When you get into these emotional issues, common sense takes a back seat. You're right about lay offs also; I had forgotten about that aspect of raising pay across the board. Businesses can only raise prices so much, then the layoffs happen. My husband is an engineer and worked for a BIG computer company. In the 1990's they started downsizing and thousands lost their jobs so the company could cut costs.

The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.
Alexis de Tocqueville

poregirl1293947116.4377419 PostsRegistered 10/12/2009great white north

too bad big whigs dont refuse their bonuses - they would rather cut jobs-shameful

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star8261293947117.49712389 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004Coastal Ripkaland bordering Bixbyville and Dawkinstown

May I also point out that those on Social Security have not had a cost of living increase in a few years.

Many can't make ends meet...

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A helpful decision maker: Ask yourself, "What would Cher do?"

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