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A tale of two minimum wages

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CNN’s Jon Sarlin takes a look into the widening gulf between the 39% of the U.S. that has a $7.25 minimum wage, and the 61% with a higher one.
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Jay Steinmetz (14 hours ago)
Your first and only quoted reference is from the Economic Policy Institute. Did you happen to research that they are a left-leaning organization founded and supported by the Unions? This makes CNN look biased.
Warped (2 days ago)
These pesky organ sacks keep getting in the way of my money!
Arthur (2 days ago)
CNN The Most Trusted Source of FAKE NEWS!!!!
Javier Hernandez (4 days ago)
You don’t want to raise minimum wage, here in Arizona it is currently at $11.00 and prices for food and other goods keep going up, if anything keep it at where it is. How do McDonald’s workers want more an hour than a starting construction worker does? Which is $13.33 where I work. Gtfo..
Seneca Brown (7 days ago)
Corporations have $1 trillion extra to purchase stock buybacks but complain they can’t pay a decent living wage for workers, Trump Economist vs. Progressive Economist on Stock Buybacks, Senator Bernie Sanders, Feb 12, 2019, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wn0RBgel8UI "[N]o business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country. By 'business' I mean the whole of commerce as well as the whole of industry; by workers I mean all workers, the white collar class as well as the men in overalls; and by living wages I mean more than a bare subsistence level — I mean the wages of decent living." — Franklin Roosevelt's Statement on the National Industrial Recovery Act, June 16, 1933 "A living wage must include enough to secure the elements of a normal standard of living -- a standard high enough to make morality possible, to provide for education and recreation, to care for immature members of the family, to maintain the family during periods of sickness, and to permit of reasonable saving for old age." — Theodore Roosevelt, Speech Before the Convention of the National Progressive Party, in Chicago, Tuesday, August 6, 1912, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qi6L6hxFE8&t=127s “The man who has millions will want everything he can lay his hands on and then raise his voice against the poor devil who wants ten cents more a day.” — Samuel Gompers, Louisville, Kentucky, May 1890 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hw1yRJ8qxrg “Why is it right that there is not a fairer division of the spoil all around? Because laws and constitutions have ordered otherwise. Then it follows that laws and constitutions should change around and say there shall be a more nearly equal division.” — Mark Twain, The New Dynasty speech to the Knights of Labor, March 22, 1886 “[T]he tattering of the American Dream is causing individuals who expected more out of life to self-destruct in record numbers. In my mind, there is a connection between the skyrocketing suicides, drug addiction, and binge drinking we’re seeing across the country and the fact that Americans are struggling so much financially. As the divide between the 'haves' and 'have nots' grows ever wider, one could assume that 99% of the population feel that overcoming economic inequality is insurmountable. Many Americans are hopeless and resigned to the fact that they may never live the American Dream or become part of the 1%." — Christopher Bergland, Psychology Today, May 6, 2016, https://goo.gl/K9attH Alarming numbers commit suicide due to job loss, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpR1wFGa8ew Minimum Wage Would Be $22 An Hour If It Had Kept Up With Productivity. “If we started in 1960 and we said that as productivity goes up, that is as workers are producing more, then the minimum wage is going to go up the same. And if that were the case then the minimum wage today would be about $22 an hour,” she said, speaking to Dr. Arindrajit Dube, a University of Massachusetts Amherst professor who has studied the economic impacts of minimum wage. “So my question is Mr. Dube, with a minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, what happened to the other $14.75? It sure didn’t go to the worker.” Dube went on to note that if minimum wage incomes had grown over that period at the same pace as it had for the top 1 percent of income earners, the minimum wage would actually be closer to $33 an hour than the current $7.25. — Elizabeth Warren, March 19, 2013, https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/18/elizabeth-warren-minimum-wage_n_2900984.html Working class Americans struggle with affordable housing as rents rise, CGTN America, Oct 29, 2018, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vc05DRX6RP4 1940s: FDR Second Bill of Rights Speech, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4MqALE9jSsDoes a basic guaranteed income decrease the need for social services?, Jun 28, 2018, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCrBWSZJhMw Fair Wage clip. President Franklin Roosevelt's 13th fireside chat, delivered June 24, 1938, https://youtu.be/YG-4boJJb7g?t=2m11s  How Amazon Drives Down Wages, Sept. 19, 2018, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kkz39LzbNeE
David Phongsavanh (8 days ago)
I feel disrespected. I just graduated welding school and as a entry level welder making $13 an hour vs $15hr burger flipper. Go fuck yourself
Celina K (9 days ago)
2:32
Vojtěch Tranta (22 days ago)
Great work CNN. Just list that study that show that low income workers got paid more. Why don't you show latest Seattle data showing the opposite? Of course that minimum wage can increase income for some people but it will only work in special cases. I just wonder how's it possible that you claim to finally make a fair report about minimum wage and you show only one study, which just confirm you bias :(.
Jose Luis Castillo (24 days ago)
If inflation is the reason why wages should be raised, shouldn't stopping inflation be what the focus should be on? Seems like treating a symptom, instead of the disease itself. With that logic, why not just raise the minimum wage to a billion an hour?
Michael P (1 month ago)
If you want to increase minimum wage then stop advocating for illegal aliens. Illegal labor is what has brought down the cost of labor. Caesar Chavez knew this, and that’s why he was opposed to illegal immigration...he wanted to prevent what happened to farm workers. Illegal labor started saturating that industry, and as a result, UFW workers lost their bargaining power and ultimately their liviable wages.... with that, we are also seeing illegal aliens saturate the trades, ie: roofing, brick laying, welding, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, etc... sorry, but you can’t advocate for illegal immigration and call for a higher minimum wage (they are mutually exclusive)... why should I pay you $15 an hour, when I can pay 5 illegals $15 a day?
Damalia Marsi (1 month ago)
Indexing to inflation: I hire 10 employees for 7.25 and hour. Inflation goes up 10%. I give my employees a 10% inflation adjusted raise. I raise my widget prices to , account for the wage increase which causes inflation. I give my employees a 10% inflation adjusted raise. I raise my widget prices to adjust for the wage increase which causes inflation. Isn't there a "while loop" here some programmer could write to help explain this. All the while purchasing power of my employees doesn't change. Price of bread with minimum wage of 10c = 2c. (Wage A) Price of bread with min wage of 1000 dollars an hour (Wage B) = 200 dollars. Number loaves of bread Wage A will buy, 5, Number of loaves of bread Wage B will buy 5. Also may push people into higher tax brackets so they give the government more money and end up being able to only afford 4 loaves of bread per wage hour, thus increasing their wage decreases their spending power. Brilliant lie of the dumbocrats keeping people poor since the founding of this country.
Beefe (1 month ago)
It's cheaper to live in those places with lower wages, generally speaking.
Beefe (1 month ago)
My friend just fired one of his three employees because the minimum wage DOESN'T HELP ANYONE BUT WALMART EMPLOYEES and other big business employees.
Arrhenius (1 month ago)
Just because wages increase doesn't mean its a good thing. This places with higher minimum wage see low end wage boosts. Well no shit, its artificial and it prices low skilled workers out of work. Wages should be set by market demands
Miles North (1 month ago)
Minimum wage = layoffs. Not all employees worth $10/hour are worth $15/hour. Those left will be forced to have their workload increased. Gov't might be able to tell employers how much to pay employees, but they can't tell them how many employees to hire.
Seth Zweig (2 months ago)
The arguement about wage growth XD. Of course wages are going to increase where they're forced to be increased. I think we should look at the places without the increase in minimum wage, where the lowest wages increased ON THE EMPLOYER'S WILLS, rather than THE GOVERNMENT'S, who mind you is responsible for inflation. ... and he never addressed the argument of less employment... *sigh*
TheRobinMasters Theory (2 months ago)
Here in Virginia the minimum wage is only $7.25 and some people work 2 or 3 jobs to make it.
Toyota Nerd !!!! (13 days ago)
Finally someone in one of these comments section that knows how it works in the real world. So many economic experts in the comments of these videos
g4ngst4crizz4b (2 months ago)
If you don't sell, you don't earn.
Chu Kim (2 months ago)
Wow. 2 out of 5 Americans are working at minimum wage. Did not know that. That is really incredible.
Lucid999 456 (2 months ago)
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Epic878787 (2 months ago)
"So lets look into it"[and let me trick you into thinking that correlation is causation, and I'll throw a bunch of graphs at you that seem to prove my point but don't yet will fool the trusting]. If you want higher wages then manage the supply and demand for labor rather than just issuing a ukase. Manage the supply of labor by adjusting immigration policy and manage the demand for labor by adjusting tax and regulatory policy but there is no utopia. "Obama spent his entire term"... what? I thought he served 2 terms, and didn't the democrats control congress for the first half of his first term yet they did nothing to increase in the Federal minimum wage(there was an increase but that was due to the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007 which was passed by a democratic house and got through the senate and signed by Bush after they added tax cuts for small business). Why is this guy(and this channel) so tricky? Is it possible that Obama and the Democrats didn't raise the minimum wage because they wanted to use it as an election issue and don't really give two shits about low wage workers?
Carl Spackler (3 months ago)
Your just confirming the bias, CNN you are fake news, take a basic economics course!
Rick Sanchez (3 months ago)
All leftists are selfish retards who don't care about long term consequences of their naive policy pushing. If minimum wage is, for example, $35/hr, ALL goods and services will become MUCH more expensive and more people will lose their jobs due to businesses being unable to cover costs and closing. Wanting $35/hr is incredibly naive. All leftists are naive retards. We actually have a moral and ethical responsibility to remove these people from relevance since they're too stupid to contribute anything well thought out and useful.
Raithier Rains (3 months ago)
Seattle minimum wage increase lost people jobs and hours. Create a need for jobs like what we have going on now there is almost no one working for minimum wage. In my state minimum wage is 8.25 an hour no adult is getting paid that and few high school students. No one here works for less than 10 because job demand is high. Most low wage earners are in the 11 to 13 dollar an hour range the minimum wage does not even matter.
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Biplav Shrestha (3 months ago)
There is no controversy. Minimum wage is useless. There should be no minimum wage.
Toyota Nerd !!!! (13 days ago)
If their was no minimum wage companies would pay 2$ an hour and never give raises. You must not have any work experience.
S S (3 months ago)
Prof. Guy Standing needs to be listened to.
Серж Шуляченко (3 months ago)
What the World Bank is hiding. Successful investments in Belarus. https://news.tut.by/society/553863.html?crnd=89123
Incomeking (3 months ago)
All boss want to pay less, want to be cheap, cuts benefits. You think without government intervention your boss would really take care of you? Be realistic. I know if I was a boss I want to get rich.
Albert Green (3 months ago)
Incomeking The only person responsible for taking care of you is YOU. The boss is not your parent.
Hayden Shipley (3 months ago)
PA has the federal minimum wage, graph is wrong
Ajinkya Taware (3 months ago)
Dumb video
nothing human (3 months ago)
Omg the national minimum wage is $7.25? Wow...and here we are complaining about our minimum wage of $18.50
Foomanlol (2 months ago)
Cost of living vs wage is what matters in the end.
Andy (3 months ago)
I know right! 😂
Mohammed Suuka (3 months ago)
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coolman9i6 (3 months ago)
I don’t understand just fucking work harder find a job with better pay I’ve been working since I was 16 and I started at minimum wage and now I make 12 an hour at 19 I don’t understand why people don’t try to find different shit to do why does it need to be a hand out
Alex Hamilton (3 months ago)
They really miss on the min wage debate for one reason. Most people who make above the min wage feel a raise is unfair unless you raise it the same percentage for everyone who earns above the min wage also. You can always try to talk State Legislatures to raise the State Min wage as was mentioned in the video. To me I only care about my wages. I listen to this now and wonder if Democrats are so behind the National min wage increase why didn't they do something in 2008 thru 2010 when they had a super majority in the Senate , majority in the House and the President? No they wanted to screw up healthcare :D
Dalika Toy Art (3 months ago)
I like CNN
B B (3 months ago)
figure it out genius.
Dalika Toy Art (3 months ago)
why?
B B (3 months ago)
feel sorry for you
Stacy Krett (3 months ago)
Crux of video at 1:20
terock22 (3 months ago)
Cant wait till automation takes out these minimum wage jobs. Let's see dems have a response to that 😂😂😂
715490 926 (1 month ago)
Democrats go to college far more than republicans and the higher the education level the more likely a person is to be democrat. So it’s just gonna be conservatives who complain about there not being any jobs and blame non whites and liberals instead of their congressmen.
Bon Appetit (3 months ago)
terock22 Artificial intelligence will also replace white collars jobs
Ned Walport (3 months ago)
It would be nice to know the real facts about how higher minimum wage affects local job markets, but there's no way in hell I'll believe anything on bullshit CNN.
puga (3 months ago)
I think the national minimum wage should be raised to $8.00
puga (3 months ago)
+Andrew you obviously don't understand economics and inflation making a water bottle like $200
Andrew (3 months ago)
Why not $10000/hour so were rich (jk)
Gohskull (3 months ago)
Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock. Hey CNN, I don’t take YOU seriously. I remember 1980. I don’t need morality lectures from the likes of “riding on my daddy coat tails” Chris Coumo, or RACIST Don Lemon. Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock. You’ll all be in Gitmo soon.
David Gaines (3 months ago)
Why is it your chart of the country all the liberal state have the most homeless and the highest tax? In California people piss and shit and live in the streets
Neptune Rider (3 months ago)
Don’t like your job? Study and get a high paying job. The blessing of capitalism is that it allows you to rise in social ranking
blue 2122 (1 month ago)
How are you going to afford school with a minimum wage job ?
Heil Golwalkar (2 months ago)
+Incomeking he lying capitalism & moving up on social ladder is a myth....just think if everyone will be millionaire, billionaire who will work at cleaning, nursing etc... creating inequality & class is part of capitalism.
Incomeking (3 months ago)
Neptune Rider well the problem is not about liking your job or not. Why are you bringing up bill gate. Becoming those guy are 1 out of billion. It is nearly impossible. Having high iq is pretty hard too. At the end of day we just need government to check and balance the minimum wages. There is like 100 of millions of people doing minimum jobs. We can’t just tell them if you don’t like it go to school.
Neptune Rider (3 months ago)
Incomeking True, we do need minimum wage jobs, but a higher minimum wage would just lead to less real people working and higher prices on top of that. My point was that if you as an individual don’t like your min wage job then study or gain a skill and do a higher paying job. Bill gates went from a middle class income to the 2nd richest man. More interestingly Jeff Bezos who libs like to hate actually lived in a home whose teen mom worked at super low income, and now he’s the richest man in the world. This is not only a testament to how the minimum wage shouldn’t be raised, but also to how amazing capitalism is. All you need is brains to have gains
Incomeking (3 months ago)
Not enough jobs. Stop thinking few individuals. We needs people to do the minimum wages job. Otherwise our world will stop
Jun3 Shiroyuki (3 months ago)
If you want a better wage, better yourself. Learn skills and teach yourself something new every day. Become someone that can’t be replaced easily. A burger flipper can easily be replaced. A burger flipper who can run things like the manager can when he’s out can’t be so easily replaced. Don’t rely on politicians to better things for you with failed strategies.
Jun3 Shiroyuki (3 months ago)
abc def Doesn’t mean anyone should stop trying.
abc def (3 months ago)
no so easy to get recognized. too mant low ballers
Max Alvarez (3 months ago)
Okay but if you want to be paid more, get a education
blue 2122 (1 month ago)
Elephant In The Room if you choose a good degree it is worth it. And yeah student debt is a burden that’s why we need Bernie Sanders’ college for all act
Elephant In The Room (1 month ago)
student loan debt worthless degrees
blue 2122 (1 month ago)
Max Alvarez how are you going to afford an education when you make minimum wage?
Captain CJ 97 (2 months ago)
+Michael Exactly
Michael (3 months ago)
Max Alvarez spend 50k at university and make $10/hr instead? Lol you must be forgetting this is America. Debt and interest runs this country
nirvana896 (3 months ago)
vote red
nirvana896 (3 months ago)
What does this idiot think raising minimum wage does to inflation? All these morons fighting for 15 per hour fail to understand is this will cause skilled labor making 15 per hour to raise to 20 per hour, increasing costs of goods and services a crossed the board putting these people exactly where they were at 8 per hour. Now if you think raising minimum wage to a so called living wage is still a good idea you should also consider that at current tax brackets minimum wage earners will now have to pay into federal and state income tax, which is the only reason democrats are pushing for these increases. Keep in mind most democrat controlled states have state income tax, so do they really want living wages or more tax dollars? Then there is a good possibility that employers forced to pay 15 per hour will abolish many minimum wage positions in favor of automation and or require some type of degree or experience which is not good for unskilled workers trying to find experience building entry level employment.
Fun With Trinity (3 months ago)
How do you afford to learn better skill sets when you make minimum wage?
British Entertainment (10 days ago)
+Bob Dylan lol. Restaurant workers are on another level i agree. Pure class
Bob Dylan (10 days ago)
Fast food workers are useless worthless peices of shit. They are the janitors of the working class. 9$ an hour is all they can have. Go work in a real restaraunt as a waiter waitress .
British Entertainment (1 month ago)
I grew up poor and learned programming. For the past year iv been working for 20£(25$) an hour as a programmer. It is more than good money for me. I was waiter before it and earned aroumd the same aa i do now but now im literally a free man, work, eat, watch youtube while before i was on my legs 8 hours every day. Fuck that
Alex Bryant (1 month ago)
The internet has lots of things to learn for free or very cheap... all the poor people I know spend 20-30 hours a week playing video games or just idling browsing social media in their expensive tech products...
Foomanlol (2 months ago)
Get a student loan and study something useful like engineering or nursing.
Aussies Wear MAGA Hats Too (3 months ago)
The more illegals you take in the less jobs and even less pay legal citizens will have
Kevin S (3 months ago)
Wages are depressed due to illegal immigrants working for less. Health care costs are so high due in part to illegals who use the e.r. as the primary dr
Brock Story (2 months ago)
wrong
Albert Green (3 months ago)
J DP Tell me what I am missing in history and economics since you know so much more please. Just one paragraph. *Please give me any numbers that don't show a massive imbalance between how much they cost us and how much we spend on them. I DARE YOU AGAIN!* One more thing, if you get to choose what is "right" for other people, do I get to choose what is "right" for you?
Brian Bianco (3 months ago)
+J DP about 90% of McDonalds are owned by franchisees. Ask someone that has a franchise how much they clear and it's not boatloads of money. The franchise owner is going to end up paying the absurd higher wages and not McDonalds the corporation. I've worked in fast food when I was a teenager. All I did was take a customers money and give them their food and change. When it was slow, you didn't get hours, when it was busy, you were expected to come in (like any retail job). It was something to put on my next application as experience and that's it.
J DP (3 months ago)
Albert Green Give it a break. Learn some history and economics and pull your head out of your ass. For a computer programmer, you sure are dumb.
Albert Green (3 months ago)
J DP Finally, you are coming to your senses. *First* Look, I'm not old at all but I've cleaned dishes, I've mowed many lawns and I've done janitorial work. I did all of this before the age of 20. By 21 I was a computer programmer and I have been one ever since. *The Choice of the Restaurant and the Fruit company.* If Americans won't take the job at 5 bucks an hour, they will keep raising the amount until they find someone to bus the tables. There's just no way around that. They will have to raise their prices to account for that but once we get rid of the illegal immigrants in the country, all of the restaurants will have to raise their prices simultaneously. It's like when the price of gas rises and I know you know about that. *Automation* Yes, some of these companies will automate and that's great for them. The automation is the fault of the raising minimum wage. McDonald's would love to pay teenagers a few dollars an hour and give them their first taste at real responsibility but now you have fully grown adults demanding to take care of their family on a McDonald's salary. *Underemployment* Underemployment is superior to unemployment in every way. It also gives these people a chance to move up. I've been underemployed in my life and it sucked but I didn't blame anyone but myself. Finally you say this... *But the people that contribute to our society, should not be lumped in with the cartels and drug dealers. That’s not right.* Who are you to get to choose what's RIGHT for other people? Where the hell did you get that power? THIS IS YOUR PROBLEM. This is self-righteousness. Illegal immigrants are a complete drain on our country, if we ONLY take schools which cost 13,000 to 30,000 a student per year, who is paying for that? Of course they have many children. They don't pay for it. Even if they pay taxes which they don't, they need to more than $120,000 of income to even get close to paying $10,000 in taxes. This doesn't even include us paying for them in prisons, hospital, courts and much more. You are dead wrong. They don't contribute. They are huge drain on our society. They do not work hard. They are desperate. If they were such hard workers, why are their countries in such shit shape? Please give me any numbers that don't show a massive imbalance between how much they cost us and how much we spend on them. I DARE YOU!
Gopnik Vlad (3 months ago)
A minimum wage is.... minimum.. It is not supposed to be a living wage. Minimum wage is good for teens like us or for side/temporary jobs. If you are a grown adult, however, and have no skill sets and after years of searching you can only find a minimum wage job as your main job, then that is completely on you and I feel no empathy. Even if you work at McDonalds, you can easily get promoted and receive a higher wage. When I was a sophomore in High school, I already had a job that paid twice the minimum wage. I also ran a small online business that earns ~$2,000 a month. If you can provide value, you will earn money. The American dream is alive and well. Anyone can earn if they really try. Working minimum wage is your problem that you can chose to solve.
Gopnik Vlad (3 months ago)
​+Fun With Trinity There are plenty of ways to learn, especially with internet nowadays. With an hour a day you can learn programming, graphic design, writing, accounting and almost anything else. Getting certified is another thing, but learning skills can require $0.
Fun With Trinity (3 months ago)
Gopnik Vlad how do you afford to learn skill sets when you make minimum wage?
Jonathan Quiles (3 months ago)
This guy is telling half truths and whole lies!!
Jeffery Howard (3 months ago)
Jonathan Quiles which parts? Or are you just spouting off at the mouth
javier castellon (3 months ago)
I will tell you what is no good.  Abortion.  If one is willing to vacuum out, dismember, or burn alive a little baby for money and politics.  What would prevent them from lying or stealing or cheating?  Democrats are not pro-women.  Abortion is linked with immediate regret, anxiety, depression, addictions, low self worth, infertility, promiscuity and even suicide.  Abortion kills one, hurts another.
JogBird (3 months ago)
stay in skool
Im Broke (3 months ago)
Hi, uh just came here to say "CNN is fake news." Aight have a good day now !👋
Damalia Marsi (1 month ago)
I disagree, they are fake political commentary and fake word vomit. I have never seen them report anything that could be considered news, even if fake. At least The Onion has a sense of humor. CNN is so going to fail, so going to fail.
peter lee (3 months ago)
Vote against Trump, his supporters and enablers to save our once Great Nation and the world. Vote against Trump's constant lies, racism, sexism, attack on immigrants, our environment and bullshit. Vote against the current Republican politicians and say, "No more!!" It's time to change and unite against the evil Trump represents and spews from his lying mouth.
ZBop (3 months ago)
VOTE!
pork n beans (3 months ago)
AHH CNN WHERE BULLSHIT COMES TO ROOST
Oluwaseun (3 months ago)
A strike is starting tomorrow because of this subject
Slick Rock (3 months ago)
CNN = RACIST
William Boared (3 months ago)
Minimum wage should be for entry level jobs. Gain skill and move somewhere else. IF we are going to require a "living wage" then we have to counter it by dropping all the perks (healthcare, housing, etc.) Ex. Personally know someone, 42, who never worked a whole year (and not an hour since the 1990s), has 7 kids by 4 guys, and lives in a new 5 bedroom two bath house (with two more available in the basement) where she only pays $75/month rent.
Box Top (6 days ago)
with a 7.25 min wage you can afford 2 Hershey bars and a happy meal from McDonald's If min wage should be for entry level jobs then Trump's tax cuts for fast food should be increased to a starter rate for entry level companies.
Toyota Nerd !!!! (10 days ago)
+Bob Dylan what do you do with your life that's so great ?
Bob Dylan (10 days ago)
Fast food workers are useless worthless peices of shit. They are the janitors of the working class. 9$ an hour is they can have. Go work in a real restaraunt as a waiter waitress .
Toyota Nerd !!!! (13 days ago)
+Matthew Baker Not so simple as that. You clearly have not worked a low wage job. Yes the tasks are simple. But let's see you work a convenient store by yourself with the pressure of a line of 30 people. Meanwhile someone is yelling at you you didn't set your pump.people trying to scam you all day long. You have to complete a job list. Your right it's not rocket science but multitasking is an art. And only experience can teach you. You talk tough but face the real world situation. Hint hint it never goes according to plan. You have customers slip and fall on purpose. Customers rambling over and over again trying to get you to give in and let them have what they can't have. Risk of being robbed. Have to make manegment desisions. So remember not all minimum wage jobs are equal.
Walmart Fanatic (29 days ago)
+Alek Santini look, there are pros and cons to the minimum wage. I think a better solution is to drop the price of homes and all other commodities but I doubt the rich assholes will agree to this. An increase in minimum wage means more money gets taxed witch is good for the government but it also means people will be more willing to spend more. But of course, when people have more money to spend, prices will skyrocket. I don't necessarily believe in a 15 an hour minimium. Mabe 11 an hour is good enough.
nachos (3 months ago)
if the worker has a better option they will go somewhere that pays more. no one *wants* to work for minimum wage.
Foomanlol (2 months ago)
+John Smith No those are big businesses for sure. I just mean that when a big business like Walmart rolls into town, people stop shopping at the local business with 20 employees which actually existed in the past and go to Walmart instead to save some money. Walmart offers cheap prices partly by importing products made buy people who make a few dollars a day and paying their own workforce as little as possible.Everyone just wants more for themselves without offering to give anything up.
John Smith (2 months ago)
+Foomanlol I wouldn't consider Nordstom, Aunt annes and chick fil a small business lol. Mall are souless and boring to me. But you're right in the fact that many who complain are complicit with the system .
Foomanlol (2 months ago)
+John Smith Yeah and the reason they are able to become monopolies is because the same people complaining about minimum wage are the same people who stopped supporting small business and decided to shop at corporation business to save money for themselves. When walmart rolls into a new town, everyone selfishly goes and shops there and eventually small businesses disappear. The bottom line is everyone is just looking out for their own ass.
Brock Story (2 months ago)
+John Smith hmm so policies allow these corporations to monopolize so you call for more policies to counter the policies?
Brock Story (2 months ago)
+Unknown User not true even when your the only employer your not the only employer if that makes sense
Edward Ornelas (3 months ago)
Minimum wage shouldn't exist to begin with, it should be left with the business owner to decide. If He/she pays too low, the worker will leave anyways
Whitney Mohrhauser (21 days ago)
+DublinDapper In the 1900's most textile businesses employed children for 10 hour shifts and sub human conditions. Many children died because of those conditions. It is the reason why child labor laws passed to prevent such abuses. The main reason why children were hired was employers find them cheaper than adults. The main reason jobs are outsourced is for that same reason GM pays it workers $2 an hour in Mexico to build cars and yet at the same time closing plants in the USA. Many Americans are working part time with 2 to 3 jobs just to survive currently. In some areas of United States there are not a lot of jobs. If we didn't have immigration enforcement or even laws against migrant workers we would have less jobs for the citizens of this country. Look at H1B visa programs in the tech industry the IT pays the worker 2/3 less than American worker in statement that the USA has no qualified workers in that area. If you don't believe look up Disney. They laid off all the American IT people to add insult to injury they had those same workers train their own replacements. Wal Mart and some fast food restaurant are replacing workers with robots. No employers want slavery back and even indentured servitude as a cheap source of labor.
Elephant In The Room (1 month ago)
Yeah that would work.......just like drug companies who charge $800,000 for a years worth of drugs or landlords in san fransico who charge 3000 a month
David O'Berry (3 months ago)
+Adam Becerra it actually did work out very very well wages more than doubled during that time.
Matthew Baker (3 months ago)
NutLover360 labor should be free in this country
NutLover360 (3 months ago)
Than the business would group up and set their own min wage which would be way lower lol
Richard Joseph (3 months ago)
The real question is: Why are we having inflation dramatically increase over the years?
Toyota Nerd !!!! (13 days ago)
+doomtomb3 actually milk is 5$ a gallon in most stores wear I live in Florida. 4.99$
Richard Joseph (3 months ago)
+Blue Wave 2018 this problem far exceeds what Obama has done LOL this started since Andrew Jackson had beef with "The Banks"
Blue Wave 2018 (3 months ago)
Because Obama printed ten trillion dollars and added it to the national debt
Kingarachnis (3 months ago)
Screw this lying cuck bitch
doomtomb3 (3 months ago)
To me, this is bipartisan. Raise minimum wage. Texas doesn't care, they always been at the federal level.
GilbertoTX (3 months ago)
+doomtomb3 you do realize the minimum wage is for high schooler and people just entering the workplace, so they can learn how to learn and teach them how to earn money. Is not for losers who dropped out of high school, or for foreigners who come here illegally and demanding they get a raise. Like idiots right? If you think the minimum wage is so people can live off it, your a big idiot than I thought
doomtomb3 (3 months ago)
Replies are idiotic. Yea let's make minimum wage $0. People are just worthless slaves anyway. I don't work min wage, far from it, but they deserve a raise to a livable wage unless you are some sort of masochist
GilbertoTX (3 months ago)
Is called minimum wage for a reason, -_- learn economics first. Before supporting a stupid idea
Albert Green (3 months ago)
doomtomb3 Yes! Let's raise it to 20,000 an hour. Wait a second, let's raise $1,000,000 an hour. Wait a second. If it can just be whatever I want why are we settling for just 15 dollars an hour?
Leonard Martin (3 months ago)
there are other issues other than the ones mentioned. what about the fact that when we increase minimum wages much needed companies puts up prices of their products to cover these increase costs. so food from grocery stores, restaurants, and retail, not to mention warehousing will increase their costs to cover the increase as well same with low waged production companies all of these products which is mostly what we buy are then much more expensive for everyone making the cost of living much higher. fact is no matter how much you raise wages if companies are just gonna increase costs right after their is no benefit from it.only benefit being is that the government gets more money from taxes of higher wages
Leonard Martin (3 months ago)
+doomtomb3 having worked minimum wage jobs i can assure alot of them do it to the best of their ability. look at production workers or restaurant workers even grocery store workers most are non stop. if they are not productive companies just fire them cause basicly a monkey could do it or a robot.
doomtomb3 (3 months ago)
That does really suck. If the productivity of the average worker went up though, prices could stay at normal inflationary rate.
Leonard Martin (3 months ago)
+doomtomb3 last time i checked most of the jobs that are minimum wages either sell or make products that you need. Food from grocery stores, clothes which is all affected by higher minimum wages. im not saying people dont deserve higher wages. what im saying is that why increase wages when companies will just increase the cost of living.
doomtomb3 (3 months ago)
Higher wages, more money. Use the power of discretion to not spend on those things that you view as overpriced.
MemeyGamer (3 months ago)
Lmao first
TrustJoeyWheeler (3 months ago)
Oh shit I’m first