In San Francisco, a family would need 4.7 full-time minimum-wage jobs to afford a two-bedroom apartment.
And this is why the minimum wage needs to be raised, folks! When the minimum wage goes up – everyone’s wage (well, those of us who aren’t born obscenely rich) ends up having THEIR wages go up! What do Conservatives think, anyway? If you’re making $16/hr, and they raise the minimum wage to $10/hr your wage will go down to $10/hr? It does NOT work that way. If min wage goes up to $10/hr your $16/hr wage will automatically go up to $18 or $20/hr. That’s how it works.
But here’s an idea: rather than some arbitrary number – base the minimum wage on actual costs of living. Find out the average cost for a two bedroom apartment in the five most expensive cities in the US, add the costs of heat, cooling, electricity, water, internet, and cable TV (the last two because thanks to the death of analog – you can no longer get even emergency information over the air – you have to have at least basic cable. And Internet & TV bring basic info to all.), add in average costs for gas / public transport, food / groceries, clothing, medical care, then bump that up 10% for life costs. THAT number – whatever it is, should be the new minimum wage.
Also – we need to stop working people to death who have jobs. 40 hours a week might have been fine for factory workers who tightened the same nut on the same bolt for 8 to 10 hours a day; but today most of us work in offices – and we need to think. The average work week should be 30 hours a week, not 40 (benefits also start at 30 hours not 40). That’s six paid hours a day. Experts agree that one should always take breaks every two hours when studying – much more than that, and the brain can’t absorb any more information, or consciously spit it out. Two hours is a bit generous, but work three hours, take a half hour break AWAY FROM YOUR DESK, have a meal, then work three hours. Productivity would go up, and people would be happier. Parents could spend time with their kids.
For businesses, who would no doubt complain there’s too much work for such a bold plan – hire a second shift. This would DOUBLE the number of jobs, instantly. And there would be an ripple effect too – more people means – more office space, which means construction jobs. People need desks, computers, office supplies – that means more jobs, it goes on and on.
The US is a consumer economy – give Americans more money in their wages, and they will spend it – adding to the economy and even more jobs.
By the way – Republicans not only do not want to raise minimum wage, thus keeping the majority of Americans in wage-slave poverty, but they actually want to banish it. VOTE THE BOZOS OUT!