Posted 3 years ago on April 19, 2012, 11:01 p.m. EST by MikeInOhio
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I hear a lot of talk about “living wages” and “fair wages” on this site, and I’m curious to hear a definition of these concepts. Is there a minimum hourly wage that every citizen should be guaranteed?
Here in Ohio I can hire a good carpenter for about $14 per hour. When the same carpenter works on any City, County, State, or Federal project, he makes almost 3 times as much. How is this fair?
I can also hire a general laborer for about $10 per hour. When that same person works on a Federal Highway project, or builds a school, he is paid almost 4 times as much.
Have you looked at the teacher salaries in your school district lately? You can buy a pretty nice house in my area for the yearly salary of a 45 year-old public school teacher. And many of these people will earn more in retirement benefits than they earned in pay during the course of their careers!