Posted 1 year ago on Nov. 4, 2015, 10:07 a.m. EST by agkaiser
from Fredericksburg, TX
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from Naked Capitalism:
"It's easy to laugh at this clip*, but I lived in Australia in the early 2000, where the minimum wage was much higher than here, $11.20/hour, and I think it either rose to or was soon scheduled to rise to over $13.00/hour by the time I left in 2004. And in local purchasing power terms (one US dollar was pretty much equal to one Australian dollar then). Workers in low-wage jobs, like cashiers, seemed far more chipper than people in similar jobs in the US. In keeping, I knew people who had held professional jobs who were between gigs for complicated reasons, and they were willing to take jobs in retail stores at not much above the minimum wage because they could land them quickly and keep income coming in. How often do you see that in the US?
"The broader issue seems to go unspoken: what we are willing to pay someone is a reflection of how much we value them, not just their work, but as people. And we are seeing that many are willing to risk a personal catastrophic failure rather than accept the certain subjugation of a badly-paid job."