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Let the WAGE WARS BEGIN !!!

Article from NBC News

BUSINESS

Wal-Mart Pay Hike Starts a Wage War

Less than a week after Wal-Mart announced that it would raise wages for 500,000 employees to $9 an hour in April, off-price retailer TJX said in its fourth-quarter earnings report that it, too, will boost pay.

The parent company of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods said Wednesday its full- and part-time hourly U.S. employees will earn at least $9 an hour starting in June. In 2016, all hourly U.S. workers who have been with the company for six months or more will earn at least $10 an hour.

“At TJX, we attribute our success over the last 38 years primarily to the people we have hired who have remained focused on our mission of delivering consumers amazing values,” CEO Carol Meyrowitz said in the company’s earnings release.

“This pay initiative is an important part of our strategies to continue attracting and retaining the best talent in order to deliver a great shopping experience for our customers, remain competitive on wages in our U.S. markets, and stay focused on our value mission.”

TJX said the combination of its investments in its employees, incremental investments to support growth, and pension costs will hurt its 2016 earnings per share growth by 4 percent.

Because of Wal-Mart’s role as the world’s largest retailer, experts last week forecast that other companies would follow its footsteps, in an effort to attract—and better retain—employees.

 Wal-Mart ignites minimum wage debate

“What I’ve been telling people is Wal-Mart just raised the federal minimum wage,” Maryam Morse, senior principal and retail practice leader at Hay Group, said ahead of TJX’s announcement.

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, though 29 states and the District of Columbia pay a higher minimum wage. In January, the minimum wage increased in nine states, including Arizona, Florida and New Jersey. TJX spokeswoman Doreen Thompson declined to share the percentage of TJX stores that are located in states that boosted their minimum wages.

Other retailers have taken similar steps to boost employee loyalty. They include Gap, which last year increased the minimum hourly rate for its U.S. employees to $9, and set it rise again to $10 in June.

On its earnings conference call Wednesday, Target declined to disclose its average wages but said the company is “very focused on ensuring we have competitive wages” and is always assessing the marketplace.

Nike, “CAPITALISM” at its WORST!!!

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I bring you this story,  not so you stop buying apparel that are made by human beings that are treated without a shred of dignity and have no hope for a brighter future. Rather I bring you this story so that you can see for yourself how corporate giants like ‘Nike’ DO NOT value the workers that make them so rich and so fat. Instead, this huge corporation that only manufacturers all their foot ware over sees, as to pay their workers as little as possible as to keep them dependent on the very job that is robbing them of any chance of having a better life for them and their families.

This is a small glimmer of what lays in store for our America. It should be a true wake-up call to workers in America that are being spoon fed by  these enormous corporations as they too become wage slaves to their jobs.

 

Featured comment-“Online companies like Amazon” Written By Jon

  It’s true that most Americans don’t consider the long term negative effect to the economy with each dollar they spend with mega-distributors like Amazon and Walmart.  Capitalism must be regulated to protect ALL businesses, not just the largest few.  Capitalism works in our favor when there are many hundreds of thousands of individual businesses.  The opposite can only mean financial disaster and the eventual collapse of a once thriving society.   Thank you for providing this forum!  Great website!

America first or is it corporate America first?

 You can’t complain about a loved one’s addiction, if you keep on contributing to it !!!

Anyone who  thinks they are getting  a good deal every time they buy something from an on-line company like “AMAZON”, is actually contributing to the demise of their local economy!

My most recent purchase of a crab trap was made at WEST MARINE, a local business  that employs people  in and around my neighborhood. Yes, I could have easily bought it on line and not only saved a couple of bucks and the sales tax as well, but I chose NOT to succumb to the sometimes overwhelming urge to give my money to a company that neither has local shops in my area, let alone  a single store  in America. In-fact they do not contribute to the American economy, rather they are the biggest  reason why American businesses are doomed to fail. 

The fact is we are buying our way into a third world economy. The more America succumbs  to the allure of the ever lowering cost of goods that are flooding our country’s economy without even having to hire a single American employee,  is clearly a recipe for disaster to our economy going forward! 

Yes, by all means ordering on line can truly be a pleasure, and usually you get a better deal, but give your business to your local stores and pick up your order there if you want to preserve our American  economy. 

Our greed will be this country’s demise!!!

The change must start now and it must start with you!

 

 

 

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Unpaid lunch

  • IS YOUR JOB STEALING YOUR LUNCH MONEY ?
Simply put, If you work ‘EIGHT HOURS’ but are not allowed to leave your job because of the possibility your services may be required at any given time, then you must be paid for your so- called lunch break!!! Many corporations are stealing your lunch break,  and getting away with not paying you for it!!

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Report: Walmart Workers Cost Taxpayers $6.2 Billion In Public Assistance

Editorial by, Clare O’Connor

Forbes Staff

Report: Walmart Workers Cost Taxpayers $6.2 Billion In Public Assistance – Forbes

Walmart’s low-wage workers cost U.S. taxpayers an estimated $6.2 billion in public assistance including food stamps, Medicaid and subsidized housing, according to a report published to coincide with Tax Day, April 15.

Americans for Tax Fairness, a coalition of 400 national and state-level progressive groups, made this estimate using data from a 2013 study by Democratic Staff of the U.S. Committee on Education and the Workforce.

“The study estimated the cost to Wisconsin’s taxpayers of Walmart’s low wages and benefits, which often force workers to rely on various public assistance programs,” reads the report, available in full here.

“It found that a single Walmart Supercenter cost taxpayers between $904,542 and $1.75 million per year, or between $3,015 and $5,815 on average for each of 300 workers.”

Americans for Tax Fairness then took the mid-point of that range ($4,415) and multiplied it by Walmart’s approximately 1.4 million workers to come up with an estimate of the overall taxpayers’ bill for the Bentonville, Ark.-based big box giant’s staffers.

The report provides a state-by-state breakdown of these figures, as well as some context on the other side of the coin: Walmart’s huge share of the nationwide SNAP, or food stamp, market.

“Walmart told analysts last year that the company has captured 18 percent of the SNAP market,” it reads. “Using that figure, we estimate that the company accounted for $13.5 billion out of $76 billion in food stamp sales in 2013.”

Walmart spokesperson Randy Hargrove described this week’s report as “inaccurate and misleading,” referring to its use of extrapolated data and adding that public assistance program eligibility requirements vary from state to state.

“More than 99 percent of our associates earn above minimum wage,” he said. “In fact, the average hourly wage for our associates, both full and part-time, is an average of $11.83 per hour.”

He said the company had no internal figures to share on the number of workers receiving public assistance.
“The bottom line is Walmart provides associates with more opportunities for career growth and greater economic security for their families than other companies in America,” he said. “Our full and part-time workers get bonuses for store performance, access to a 401K-retirement plan, education and health benefits.”

Hargrove added that the number of Walmart employees receiving Medicaid is similar to the percentage for other large retailers — and comparable to the national average.

He pointed to a 2005 report by economist Jason Furman, now a White House adviser, describing Walmart’s Medicaid enrollment as “a reflection of [its] enormous size.”

Other large retail chains have been the focus of similar reports in recent months. In October, two studies released to coincide showed that American fast food industry outsourced a combined $7 billion in annual labor costs to taxpayers. McDonald’s MCD +0.35% alone accounted for $1.2 billion of that outlay.

Yum Brands came in at a distant number two, with its Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC subsidiaries costing $648 million in benefits programs for workers each year.

LIVING WAGE CALCULATOR

Introduction to the Living Wage Calculator [Researched and created by M.I.T.]

Introduction to the Living Wage Calculator

In many American communities, families working in low-wage jobs make insufficient income to live locally given the local cost of living. Recently, in a number of high-cost communities, community organizers and citizens have successfully argued that the prevailing wage offered by the public sector and key businesses should reflect a wage rate required to meet minimum standards of living. Therefore we have developed a living wage calculator to estimate the cost of living in your community or region. The calculator lists typical expenses, the living wage and typical wages for the selected location.

Update (3-24-14)

While the minimum wage sets an earnings threshold under which our society is not willing to let families slip, it fails to approximate the basic expenses of families in 2013. Consequently, many working adults must seek public assistance and/or hold multiple jobs in order to afford to feed, cloth, house, and provide medical care for themselves and their families.

Establishing a living wage, an approximate income needed to meet a family’s basic needs, would enable the working poor to achieve financial independence while maintaining housing and food security. When coupled with lowered expenses, for childcare and housing in particular, the living wage might also free up resources for savings, investment, and/or for the purchase of capital assets (e.g. provisions for retirement or home purchases) that build wealth and ensure long-term financial security.

An analysis of the living wage using updated data from 2013 and compiling geographically specific expenditure data for food, childcare, health care, housing, transportation, and other basic necessities, finds that:

The minimum wage does not provide a living wage for most American families. A typical family of four (two working adults, two children) needs to work more than 3 full-time minimum-wage jobs (a 68-hour work week per working adult) to earn a living wage. Across all family sizes, the living wage exceeds the poverty threshold, often used to identify need.This means that families earning between the poverty threshold ($23,283 for two working adults, two children) and the median living wage ($51,224 for two working adults, two children per year before taxes), may fall short of the income and assistance they require to meet their basic needs.

The cost of housing and childcare for families with children exceeds all other expenses. In the United State, a typical family of four (two working adults, two children) spends 21% of their after-tax income on childcare and another 21% on housing. Faced with tradeoffs, a second working adult must earn at least $11,195 on average in order to cover the costs of childcare and other increased expenses when they enter the workforce. Single-parent families need to work almost twice as hard as families with two working adults to earn the living wage. A single-mother with two children earning the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour needs to work 125 hours per week, more hours than there are in a 5-day week, to earn a living wage.

The living wage varies based on the cost of living and taxes where families live. Families of four (with two working adults, two children) in the North ($56,179) and West ($53,505) have higher median living wages before taxes than the South ($49,167), and Midwest ($48,496). Within region, the largest variation is between Southern states, where the living wage ranges from $45,655 in South Carolina to $69,820 in the District of Columbia.

In most metropolitan areas, where the US economy and jobs are increasingly concentrated, the living wage is higher than the national median. Consistent with overall regional variation, of the most populous 100 metropolitan areas, Honolulu ($66,554), New York ($67,323), and Washington DC ($69,709) have the highest living wages for the typical family of four.

Please note that the data on the remainder of this website reflects values through 2010. Updated calculations for states, metropolitan areas, and counties will be available shortly. In the meantime, please contact amyglas@mit.edu for more information.

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SELF -CHECK OUT !

                          SELF-CHECKOUT

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When it comes to shopping , never enable a business to destroy the job of a human being.

Self-checkout is being deployed all over this country for one Purpose and that is to achieve corporate bottom line. 

 Its sole intent is to replace people with machines that do not ask for pay raises and do not require medical benefits to protect themselves. THEY DON’T EVEN PUT YOUR  PURCHASES IN THE BAG.  “THIS  BECOMES  YOUR JOB!” It’s  a great strategy if they can convince shoppers like you and me that this somehow benefits us. 

 YOU SHOULD DO ONE OF TWO THING TO MAKE THE POINT.  If you are being informed that the self-checkout center is open.

 FIRST: You  request they open another register as you are in a bit of a hurry !                                                   

“IF THIS GETS NO RESULTS, GO TO THE SECOND STEP”.

SECOND : As you pull your shopping cart in front of this JOB KILLING MACHINE, you call to the  OVERSEER  of your work and ask aloud  “I NEED A CASHIER TO PLEASE CHECK ME OUT. I’M IN A BIT OF A HURRY !” 

If the reply is ” you’re on the self-checkout line”. Then you reply, “I’M SORRY BUT I DON’T WORK HERE ! THAT WOULD BE AN EMPLOYEE’S JOB !

IF NO SALES PERSON OFFERS ASSISTANCE , THEN…… YOU……SIMPLY…….LEAVE  YOUR CART WHERE IT IS AND DEPART.

 AS THIS BECOMES  MORE AND MORE A REGULAR  OCCURRENCE IN STORES ACROSS THE NATION, AND THAT SALES ARE BEING LOST AS WELL AS TIME LOST BY EMPLOYEES HAVING TO RESTOCK THE MERCHANDISE  CUSTOMERS HAVE  LEFT BEHIND,  THEN  THEIR PLAN BECOMES A WASTE OF TIME AND SURELY AN INEFFECTIVE TOOL IN THEIR ATTEMPT TO CUT MORE AND MORE EMPLOYEES FROM MAKING A SIMPLE LIVING AS TO ACHIEVE THEIR BOTTOM LINE.

 BIGGER  INCOMES FOR THE  FEW AT THE TOP,  AND LESS FOR THE MANY IN NEED OF A LIVING WAGE, NEAR THE BOTTOM !

 

‘Living Wages’, Rarity for U.S. Fast-Food Workers, Served Up in Denmark

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Eve Edelheit for The New York Times

Our special thanks to Adam Mark for bringing this article to the attention of the wage war website.

If making a living wage in Denmark for fast food worker’s is possible, than whats holding us back?

COPENHAGEN — On a recent afternoon, Hampus Elofsson ended his 40-hour workweek at a Burger King and prepared for a movie and beer with friends. He had paid his rent and all his bills, stashed away some savings, yet still had money for nights out.

That is because he earns the equivalent of $20 an hour — the base wage for fast-food workers throughout Denmark and two and a half times what many fast-food workers earn in the United States.

“You can make a decent living here working in fast food,” said Mr. Elofsson, 24. “You don’t have to struggle to get by.”

With an eye to workers like Mr. Elofsson, some American labor activists and liberal scholars are posing a provocative question: If Danish chains can pay $20 an hour, why can’t those in the United States pay the $15 an hour that many fast-food workers have been clamoring for?

“We see from Denmark that it’s possible to run a profitable fast-food business while paying workers these kinds of wages,” said John Schmitt, an economist at the Center for Economic Policy Research, a liberal think tank in Washington.

Many American economists and business groups say the comparison is deeply flawed because of fundamental differences between Denmark and the United States, including Denmark’s high living costs and taxes, a generous social safety net that includes universal health care and a collective bargaining system in which employer associations and unions work together. The fast-food restaurants here are also less profitable than their American counterparts.

“Trying to compare the business and labor practices in Denmark and the U.S. is like comparing apples to autos,” said Steve Caldeira, president of the International Franchise Association, a group based in Washington that promotes franchising and has many fast-food companies as members.

“Denmark is a small country” with a far higher cost of living, Mr. Caldeira said. “Unions dominate, and the employment system revolves around that fact.”

But as Denmark illustrates, companies have managed to adapt in countries that demand a living wage, and economists like Mr. Schmitt see it as a possible model.

Denmark has no minimum-wage law. But Mr. Elofsson’s $20 an hour is the lowest the fast-food industry can pay under an agreement between Denmark’s 3F union, the nation’s largest, and the Danish employers group Horesta, which includes Burger King, McDonald’s, Starbucks and other restaurant and hotel companies.

By contrast, fast-food wages in the United States are so low that half of the nation’s fast-food workers rely on some form of public assistance, a study from the University of California, Berkeley found. American fast-food workers earn an average of $8.90 an hour.

As a shift manager at a Burger King near Tampa, Fla., Anthony Moore earns $9 an hour, typically working 35 hours a week and taking home around $300 weekly.

“It’s very inadequate,” said Mr. Moore, 26, who supervises 10 workers. His rent is $600 a month, and he often falls behind on his lighting and water bills. A single father, he receives $164 a month in food stamps for his daughters, 5 and 2. “Sometimes I ask, ‘Do I buy food or do I buy them clothes?’ ” Mr. Moore said. “If I made $20 an hour, I could actually live, instead of dreaming about living.”

Mr. Moore’s daughters receive health care through Medicaid, while he is uninsured because he cannot afford Burger King’s coverage, he said.

“I skip the doctor,” he said, adding that he sometimes goes to work sick because “I can’t miss the money.”

Burger King declined to discuss wages or benefits, saying those decisions were made by its franchise operators. The company said that its “restaurants have provided an entry point into the work force for millions of Americans,” and that the Burger King McLamore Foundation gave some employees emergency financial assistance and college scholarships.

Mr. Schmitt, the economist, acknowledged that it would take some time for the American fast-food industry to adjust to higher wages.

“We would need to phase this in,” said Mr. Schmitt, who is co-editor of the book “Low-Wage Work in the Wealthy World.” “We’ve created a low-road economy, and it’s going to take us some time to build up the speed to get onto the high road.”

In Denmark, fast-food workers are guaranteed benefits their American counterparts could only dream of. Under the industry’s collective agreement, there are five weeks’ paid vacation, paid maternity and paternity leave and a pension plan. Workers must be paid overtime for working after 6 p.m. and on Sundays.

Unlike most American fast-food workers, the Danes often get their work schedules four weeks in advance, and employees cannot be sent home early without pay just because business slows.

Given the benefits available, Mr. Elofsson, the Burger King employee in Copenhagen, said he hoped to make his career with the company and work his way up to restaurant manager. While the Danish industry does not keep data on worker retention, HMSHost Denmark, which runs the fast-food operations at Copenhagen Airport, estimates that 70 percent of the workers at its Burger King and Starbucks franchises stay for more than a year.

By contrast, an internal study done several years ago by McDonald’s found that workers’ average tenure at the company in the United States was nearly eight months, although the National Restaurant Association said American fast-food workers averaged 20 months on the job.

Danish law does not require fast-food companies or their franchisees to adhere to the wages required by the agreement with the 3F union. But they do, because employees and unions pledge in exchange not to engage in strikes, demonstrations or boycotts. “What employers get is peace,” said Peter Lykke Nielsen, the 3F union’s chief negotiator with McDonald’s.

McDonald’s learned this the hard way. When it came to Denmark in the 1980s, it refused to join the employers association or adopt any collectively bargained agreements. Only after nearly a year of raucous, union-led protests did McDonald’s relent.

In interviews, Danish employees of McDonald’s, Burger King and Starbucks said that even though Denmark had one of the world’s highest costs of living — about 30 percent higher than in the United States — their $20 wage made life affordable.

True, a Big Mac here costs more — $5.60, compared with $4.80 in the United States. But that is a price Danes are willing to pay. “We Danes accept that a burger is expensive, but we also know that working conditions and wages are decent when we eat that burger,” said Soren Kaj Andersen, a University of Copenhagen professor who specializes in labor issues.

Measured in Big Macs, McDonald’s workers in Denmark earn the equivalent of 3.4 Big Macs an hour, while their American counterparts earn 1.8, according to a study by Orley C. Ashenfelter, a Princeton economics professor, and Stepan Jurajda, an economics professor at Charles University in Prague.

And the Danish restaurants are less profitable. With fast-food wages in the United States so much lower than in Denmark, and the price of Big Macs in the two countries similar, Mr. Ashenfelter said, “It must be that U.S. McDonald’s are far more profitable.” The higher wages and the higher menu prices help explain why there are 16 McDonald’s per million inhabitants in Denmark, but 45 McDonald’s per million in the United States, Mr. Jurajda said.

McDonald’s declined requests for detailed financial data for its restaurants. But it said in a statement that the countries where it operates “have significantly different cost structures, economic environments and competitive frameworks.” The company added that it and its franchise operators “support paying valued employees fair wages aligned with a competitive marketplace.”

America’s restaurant industry predicts a wave of woe if pay were to jump toward Denmark’s levels. An increase to $15 would “limit employment opportunities” by making fast-food restaurants reluctant to hire, said Scott DeFife, an executive vice president at the National Restaurant Association. “More than doubling the starting wage will dramatically increase costs in an industry that exists on very narrow margins.”

Denmark’s high wages make it hard, though not impossible, to maintain profitability at his restaurants, said Martin Drescher, the general manager of HMSHost Denmark, the airport restaurants operator.

“We have to acknowledge it’s more expensive to operate,” said Mr. Drescher. “But we can still make money out of it — and McDonald’s does, too. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be in Denmark.”

He noted proudly that a full-time Burger King employee made enough to live on. “The company doesn’t get as much profit, but the profit is shared a little differently,” he said.

“We don’t want there to be a big difference between the richest and poorest, because poor people would just get really poor,” Mr. Drescher added. “We don’t want people living on the streets. If that happens, we consider that we as a society have failed.”

A study from the University of California, Berkeley found. American fast-food workers earn an average of $8.90 an hour.

  • Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of enrollments in America’s major public benefits programs are from working families. But many of them work in jobs that pay wages so low that their paychecks do not generate enough income to provide for life’s basic necessities. Low wages paid by employers in the fast-food industry create especially acute problems for the families of workers in this industry. Median pay for core front-line fast-food jobs is $8.69 an hour, with many jobs paying at or near the minimum wage. Benefits are also scarce for front-line fast-food workers; an estimated 87 percent do not receive health benefits through their employer. The combination of low wages and benefits, often coupled with part-time employment, means that many of the families of fast-food workers must rely on taxpayer-funded safety net programs to make ends meet.This report estimates the public cost of low-wage jobs in the fast-food industry. Medicaid, the Earned Income Tax Credit and the other public benefits programs discussed in this report provide a vital support system for millions of Americans working in the United States’ service industries, including fast food. We analyze public program utilization by working families and estimate total average annual public benefit expenditures on the families of front-line fast-food workers for the years 2007–2011.1 For this analysis we focus on jobs held by core, front-line fast-food workers, defined as nonmanagerial workers who work at least 11 hours per week for 27 or more weeks per year.

    Main Findings

    • More than half (52 percent) of the families of front-line fast-food workers are enrolled in one or more public programs, compared to 25 percent of the workforce as a whole.
    • The cost of public assistance to families of workers in the fast-food industry is nearly $7 billion per year.
    • At an average of $3.9 billion per year, spending on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) accounts for more than half of these costs.
    • Due to low earnings, fast-food workers’ families also receive an annual average of $1.04 billion in food stamp benefits and $1.91 billion in Earned Income Tax Credit payments.
    • People working in fast-food jobs are more likely to live in or near poverty. One in five families with a member holding a fast-food job has an income below the poverty line, and 43 percent have an income two times the federal poverty level or less.
    • Even full-time hours are not enough to compensate for low wages. The families of more than half of the fast-food workers employed 40 or more hours per week are enrolled in public assistance programs.

EXAMPLES OF GREAT AMERICANS !

University president gives up $90,000 of his own salary, to raise workers’ wages !

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                                    Raymond  Burst

The interim president of Kentucky State University is giving up $90,000 of his $350,000 annual salary to give minimum wage workers on campus a raise, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

The lowest paid workers on campus currently make $7.25 per hour, the federal minimum wage. They’ll now make $10.25 per hour, an increase that will stay in effect even after the university hires a new full-time president.

The interim president, Raymond Burse, was president of Kentucky State in the 1980s before working for General Electric as a senior executive and retiring in 2012. “This is not a publicity stunt,” Burse said, according to the Herald-Leader. “You don’t give up $90,000 for publicity. I did this for the people.”

Kentucky’s state legislature considered a bill this year that would have increased the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 — the minimum wage President Obama would like to see instituted nationwide — but the measure failed in the state senate. A living wage for a single adult in Frankfort, where Kentucky State is located, is $8.29 per hour, according to MIT; for an adult with

$17.37 per hour.

Other college presidents have taken similar actions, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. The president of Hampton University donated more than $100,000 to give low-wage workers a raise to $9 per hour. After Obama called for a $10.10 minimum wage, the president of Centenary College in Louisiana raised the pay of the 25 employees who were making less than that.

CALIFORNIA GIVES CHINA CONTRACT TO BUILD THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY BRIDGE

        San Francisco’s, Bay Bridge.                                     ‘MADE IN CHINA’ ?????

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                     San Francisco Bay Bridge,

                “MADE IN CHINA” ???

This example of outsourcing American jobs takes                       job killing to a  whole new level !                                                                                                                                                                                                     It is self evident that not only do corporations have their bottom line as their main objectives, that being what the project will yield in profits,  but as we can see, so does our government. This project will pay China an estimated cost of more than  FIVE BILLION AMERICAN DOLLARS.  California says it saved about FOUR HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS BY OUT SOURCING THIS JOB CREATOR TO CHINA. 
This is nothing short of TREASON !

Outsourcing the building of  an American bridge to China is nothing short of the selling out of our most precious American resource, 

AMERICAN JOBS !

“Walmart & Sams Club”

       We can and will  make a difference!!

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  WE  MUST  START MAKING  AN EXAMPLE OF CORPORATIONS THAT  ENCOURAGE THE PRACTICE  OF “WAGE  SLAVERY”!  PLEASE DO YOUR PART.  IT’S UP TO US TO START MAKING THE POWER OF OUR PURSE BE NOTICED !

If the american wage slave is not able to stand up for what is right for fear of loosing the meager income, that is doled out by their BILLION DOLLAR EMPLOYERS, Than we who  can stand up for our fellow Americans, have an obligation to rise to the occasion! 

THE REAL DEAL ABOUT LIVING ON TIPS !

Federal law states that that if an employee makes $30.00 or more A MONTH, than the employer only has to pay them $2.13 PER HOUR!

Why are food servers at restaurants exempt from a living wage. If tips are the sole source of a person’s income , Than lets change the deck that is usually stacked against the employee.

I propose that food servers get an income like any other employee. Lets say for arguments sakes  $9.00 an hour. Besides giving an employee some kind of realistic minimum expectation of their income, it would also deter bosses from giving no thought of overstaffing, just because its  in their favor. Employers would be less likely to have staff on schedules that is obviously detrimental to that over populated workers.It makes it a losing battle in earning a fare wage. GIVE THEM A SALARY THEY CAN COUNT ON ! GIVE THEM A SENSE OF STABILITY THEY CAN COUNT ON AT THE END OF THE WEEK!


GIVE THE FUTURE AMERICANS A CHANCE TO MOVE UP!

I have heard all the excuses why we should not tamper with the minimum wage level set back in 2007. The problem is that its just the same old excuse i’ve been listening to for to many years. ” If we raise the minimum wage to $15.00, we would just be hurting the ones you’re trying to help! ”  REALLY !  IS THAT POSSIBLE????? If you pay an employee what they really should be earning, that it is POSSIBLE this could have an adverse affect on them. Perhaps they would miss working two, or even three jobs just to make up for pay that they should be getting for working “ONE” full time job!

  I’ve seen first hand what is happening to Americans that try to compensate for this new Corporate American philosophy of  not giving employees a living wage.” HOPELESSNESS” is,  I think one of the biggest reasons for what i am witnessing in  the new American work ethic today. When hopelessness take a firm grip on a person, it hollows all their ambitions out of them, so what they bring to work is basically just a body without any passion for a job well done. For they are being conditioned day in, and day out for an outcome that has little if any promise for a future. There is just one thing that drives companies to disenfranchise employees, as a course of  their regular way of business. That which is,  GREED!!!.       Greed without a moral compass !

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