Adrienne L. I would like to see some kind of tiered minimum wage system. A teen living at home and working on the weekends really doesn't need to make 10 dollars and hour but people with limited ability to get education (weather due to time, physical, financial, or intellectual limitations) deserve to be able to support themselves.
Sandy Segur (aka rusty2rusty) I understand why we need a minimum wage. Those are the jobs are youth are suppose to start out to get experience before moving on to more profitable careers. or for those who only want to work part time jobs. The sad part there seems to be an abundance of these type of jobs. But not enough for people to gain skills to move forward like their use to be without a college education. It is in a way to keep the rick, rich and the poor, poorer.
M. Keogh I think the cost of living is too high for those earning only the minimum wage. I also understand also that for employers it means a lot of money already and with the new laws on paid leave... and other obligations, it becomes difficult to keep your doors open by keeping yourself afloat. You have to fire some employees or find new ways to make money. It's hard out there for everyone. I don't understand how some big companies give themselves big bonuses while the "little man" working in the same company can barely pay his bills. Without the "little man" they would not have been successful. You don't get to the top alone, you need or used others. It is up to you to show your gratitude, share the benefits, give training, offer free classes or daycare... That is also how you keep good employees and become like a family where people enjoy working for you towards the same goal.
Vjval McM It's different now, I used to work several minimum wage jobs and was able to have a new car and a decent apartment, although that's without having any dependents, many though can work here and get government assistance and they have homes and cars plus electronics, so they just have to hope they don't get some kind of disability
L. H. Minimum wage is not suppose to be a living wage. It's a foot in the door job that allows unskilled workers the chance to earn experience. If people want to make more money they should gain the experience and skills they need and find a higher paying job. Even better yet go to school (if they haven't already) or join the military. Entry level fast food workers and other unskilled employees should not be expecting 15 dollars an hour.
I like this quote " Don't like minimum wage? If you have minimum skills, minimum education, show minimum motivation, provide a minimum contribution to the workplace, why the hell should someone be forced to pay you more?"
Lei D. Minimum wage sucks. It is basically only enough to barley get by and that's if you are good at being financially responsible (that means no shopping every week). I can get by with minimum wage but it would suck.
Anna McCoy I have been working for minimum wage the last six months, despite transferring to a department that is supposed to pay more. I have a husband who is disabled and two young children who outgrow their clothes and shoes in twenty minutes. You can't do it on minimum wage. Even at forty hours a week, we barely have enough to cover our rent and utilities. Thankfully I start a much higher paying job next month. Living on minimum wage is almost impossible, especially if you have kids.
Mary Kirkland Trying to live on minimum wage is a joke, because it's not a liveable wage and people don't seem to understand that. Everything in life has increased in price except for the wages we make.
Nadia Abdul One economy teacher in high school said that if minimum wage was increased, then people wouldn't be able to qualify as easily for government assistance. And most people on government assistance still NEED this help. So, in a way, it's a catch-22 because people will have to cut back hours or something because if they go over the allocated income, then they can't receive aid.
Tiffany Cummings I make 8.50 which is barley over minimum wage. I work at a store and i've been here for over a year. I can't get more than 30 hours here but I have been going to school and I'm with a temp agency for dental assisting. I got 15 dollars an hour at my first dental office. That's almost double. I'm happy i'm in the right direction, being a single mother and all.
Kristi Anglen I'm guessing if I figured out my actual hourly wage working from home, it would be minimum wage or some weeks less than that. It's okay though since I don't spend any gas money or have to buy certain clothes to work from home. I don't know how people who have to commute though can live on the current minimum wage.
Lee Ann W In my part of Canada its bad, gas is $1.41/liter right now and food just keeps going up too. Every time they raise min wage here then everything goes up. I make a little more than min wage because of raises at my previous job but still. That doesn't help much. I know so many people that have to do 2 jobs now just to support their self and all they do is work, they might go out to the bar once a month if that for entertainment.
Hannah Guyette I think that its kind of sad that now minimum wage is up to 8 dollars but the price of gas is 4. I guess a minimum wage job wasnt really made to pay all of the bills for a long period of time