I’ve been mostly sharing on our FB page under my moniker QG so feel free to friend request me! Anyway, I wanted to write something a bit more serious that got a long trend our on FB site. It concerns minimum wage. Now if you’re like me, then you know that we slaves who work in the service oriented industry bust our humps for practically very little pay. That is why in the U.S. , President Obama wants to up the average pay between $7.25-$8.00 to $9.00. Sounds like good idea, right?
Well there are some issues concerning this which I'd liked to put my two cents in.
In America, the median wage is between $7.00-$8.00 if you do not work in an industry where a tipping system is incorporated. Servers earn even less, between $2.00-$3.00, and rely on tips to make a decent wage to survive on. This is relative to the area and the cost of living in that particular region or state. In other countries, minimum wage might be more than it is in America but then you have to consider the cost of living in that particular area and it all becomes relative.
Now how does this affect the average slave? Well, you have to consider the cost of living. Rent, housing, sales taxes, bills, groceries, utilities, childcare, etc. That meager income can only cover so much that eventually many people have to turn to other resources like government aid and welfare. Then you have to consider other important factors like health insurance. In the U.S., some companies don’t offer health benefits and if they do they’re not always affordable so a slave like me usually takes the chance of skipping out on their health since they can’t afford the expensive costs of medical coverage. Other countries that do offer good healthcare for their citizens, I salute you. Here in America, you’re on your own.
Then there are the hours. Normal full time hours should average 30-40 a week. Usually, the 40 is reserved for upper management while struggling slaves earn an average 30. Take into the consideration this troubled economy and companies have to scale back and administer less than 30 hours and if you’re earning minimum, there isn’t much of a paycheck to take home. Hence, slaves are having to seek out other alternatives or multiple employment to make a decent income.
Call me cynical but Obama’s $9.00 bill won’t really change anything. Even if wages increase so will prices on goods. The inflation of products, rents, and even utilities will only put us back to square one. Companies might even cut hours and benefits just to pay their employees so in the end it’s all relative. Higher wages doesn’t mean a resolution but simply more problems to come.
So RHU, I post this food for thought for you.
What do you foresee in the future if they do increase wages?