All across the country people are not only talking about the need to raise the minimum wage they’re taking action. We’re hearing about proposals to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 by 2016. That’s good but not good enough. We need a $15/hour minimum wage and we need it now!
Join 15 Now, fast food and other low-wage workers, Occupy and union activists in a national day of action. Let’s March for $15 on March 15th and build the movement to end low pay!
If there isn’t an action in your area start organizing one today!
tbh I’m really glad this post is taking over my dash. more ppl need to have this concept on their radar… if I had a quarter for every time I had to listen to some brogressive or manarchist or Feminist talk about how to steal groceries or whatever while throwing the low-wage workers held responsible for product loss under the bus and straight up saying they “didn’t care” bc “punishing corporations” and “refusing to pay for resources” that they COULD pay for, in order to make a point, was more important to them than low wage workers who are collateral damage.
Since I’m always wary of these turning into “breaking the rules is always bad”, posts, shoutout to my grocery store coworkers, who worked as slowly as possible, because working quickly led to unreasonable expectations for people on other shifts - people who might not be as young or able-bodied. Shoutout to my grocery store workers who put the unsalable but edible vegetables in a part of the back room not covered by cameras, those kept me alive. Shoutout to my coworkers in the deli who gave away as many “samples” as they could get away with, who labeled fried chicken buckets wrong, so people could pay for some hot food with food stamps. Shout out to that look that passed between us when we caught each other eating in the back room, and how we were suddenly friendly afterwards, cos we were both complicit. Shout out to the people who arranged for the used grease to be turned into fuel, the day old bakery and sell-by date meat to go to a food pantry, all against the rules. Shoutout to my cashiers who looked the other way as people as poor as we were stuffed their jackets full of things they needed.
(the universe runs on people breaking the rules)
saw something on facebook that really pissed me off because I worked at McDonalds for three years.
In an episode of the sitcom Roseanne from 1989 the characters talk about being paid 8 dollars an hour and how they can barely afford to live. 1989.
If you don’t believe fast food workers deserve a living wage, cook your own fucking food.
people demand the fucking world from people they don’t think should make a living wage, and they demand it served with a smile
maybe i’m a goddamn bleeding heart hippie liberal but i’m totally down with paying an extra .50 cents for a thing of fries if the person who makes me those fries doesn’t have to work 3 jobs just to survive.
most studies show that prices would only have to go up by 1 to 3 cents in order to raise employee wages significantly
or, you know, the ceo’s could take pay cuts but that would be so hard for the poor multimillionaires
the thing to realize here is that conservatives find the idea of paying workers a livable wage so absurd that they make hyperbolic comparisons like this
because fifteen dollars and hour and a hundred thousand dollars an hour both mean the same thing to them; more than you deserve
^That commentary is very important.
[rant]The problem is a lot of businesses believe that just because they have a job they want done, they’re entitled to labor to do it. It’s a hard pill for a lot to swallow - but if your business isn’t doing well enough to pay somebody what they deserve for their time - you don’t deserve that labor. Period. End of story. Yes it would be great if somebody would just boost the productivity of your business for (practically) nothing - but that’s literally fantasy. People aren’t elves. They have actual practical needs, and need actual practical money.
In some ways getting paid minimum wage is almost worse than being unemployed, entirely because time is valuable - much more so than money. If you are stuck in a minimum wage job or jobs - and that is your income - you’re not going to have the time or money really to even pursue a better paying job. You can’t afford a car, you don’t have time to go to interviews, you cannot afford to get higher education so you can get a better paying job - because you don’t have the time or the money, you have bills and you need food. It’s our era’s serfdom.
Further - who employs the most minimum wage workers? Giganto-huge corporations. Look, Wal-Mart and Taco Bell aren’t exactly out on the street corner with a sign and a tin cup, and yet these businesses are essentially asking poor people to do charity for them - on the behalf of the millionaires and billionaires who run the businesses. If you’re working for $7.25 or less, you’re basically doing a business a favor. They’re not doing you a favor, they’re (usually) not being kind to you, you’re being kind to them, more than kind in some instances.
Never mind of course that low wages are incredibly destructive to a capitalist free market economy which rides on mass production and consumption of goods. People - a lot of them - need to have money to buy things. This isn’t the 1700s when there were less than a billion people on the planet, and a few aristocrats buying hand made furniture and clothing was an economy. An industrialized economy is supported by consumers, obviously they can’t consume if they don’t make enough money to. In the long run having a ton of people living below the poverty line stalls the economy, it’s self destructive basically. Henry Ford realized this a century ago (literally - 1914) when he introduced the $5 work day ($112 today) - more people making more money meant more people buying his products. But more importantly he also realized (no duh here) that paying his employees almost twice as much as his competitors meant: he attracted the best employees, lowered turnover (and thus training costs) and boosted productivity. Ever taken notice that the companies which insist on paying their employees next to nothing also suffer from high turnover, training costs (or a lack of properly trained personnel if they try to skimp on training to make up for turnover) and low employee productivity, job satisfaction, etc? Who’d of thunk it? It turns out you get what you pay for.
And This Is Why You Shouldn’t Get Sick In America
Many believe that the US healthcare system is the best in the world. Not so according to the World Health Organization’s ranking of the world’s health systems. The US doesn’t even rank in the top 25. It ranks 37th and is the most expensive in the world. I would argue that even if we had the best healthcare system in the world, what good is it, if no one can afford to access it.
Most companies are buying 60/40-policys for their employees these days, but even if you are lucky enough to have good insurance with 80/20-policy coverage, that 20 percent your responsible for can drive you right into bankruptcy as easily as the 60-40 policy given the cost of healthcare.
Insurance cost have been going up dramatically in the last two decades, long before the new Affordable Healthcare Act has taken affect, in some cases as much as 35% per year.
But have you noticed the latest trick the insurance companies have roll out?
Yes, Higher Deductible… most averaging $5,000 per year, per person, but I have seen some as high as $10,000 per year. For those of you that are wondering, this tactic is specifically designed too stop you from using your insurance. It reduces the insurance companies out of pocket liability by shift costs onto consumers, especially those dealing with chronic illness such as diabetes and arthritis. Consequently, because consumers can’t afford the deductible they will avoid necessary care to save money.
Although insurance companies are a problem, the real crocks is the healthcare system it self. A corrupt and bloated system desperately in need of reform!