Originally Posted by catsknowme
I vote to raise minimum wage!! As a small business owner's wife, I am intimately aware of the problems of raising the wages even higher (here in CA, due to worker's comp premiums, employer's taxes and employee contributions, it costs me about $3100.00 per month to have an employee for $2500 salary - which breaks down to $15/hr - what I would make as a busperson. Anything less than $15/hr is indecent, IMO). Yes, the answer for us is to pass the costs on to the consumer, but if a person has a good heart by any stretch of the imagination, they will also tone down their standard of living before they make their workers go underpaid. Some of my husband's colleagues think that "I'm out there" because we drive old (1989) vehicles and live very modestly; no trips to Europe for us, and my husband's idea of giving his wife furs is to let her adopt another cat (okay by me, the thought of wearing dead animal isn't appealing); but to gallivant about the country on expensive vacations, live in a huge, new house and have 3 new expensive cars while your receptionist is trying to get by on $9/hr. , well, it doesn't seem CIVILIZED
I wish more employers were more like you. Once when I asked my boss for a raise, he told me not to expect one for a long long time. He said HE was in the business of making money for himself, NOT making the employee's well off. Now mind you, this man married a wealthy woman, so he never has to worry about money as long as he lives. He is tight with a dollar, though. For several years he drove around an old 1980 Mercedes, not a classic or anything, just an old car. However, he also had a brand new E Class that the wife used, and when he got into a car accident, and the old Mercedes was totalled, he went out and bought a new M Class 500, and paid cash for it. He lives in a beautiful luxurious home and the best of everything, including a super sized HDTV. While most of his employees can't even afford a car to drive to work in.
Now mind you, he doesn't pay minimun wage, not even to new employee's, but he admittedly does pay low wages, and he will definately have to raise his starting wage for new employee's when the new Minimun wage takes effect here in California, because he starts new people at $8. I have worked for this man for 10 years now, and I feel sort of stuck there, because I'm somewhat disabled. It will be hard for me to find work elsewhere when I can barely walk. My boss even brought that up to me, when I told him that if I didn't get a raise, I couldn't afford to continue working for him, and that I would be looking for a new job. He asked me, "Do you honestly think someone is going to hire someone who limps to an interview?"
It takes half of my monthly wages just to pay my rent, and I do not live in an expensive apartment, at least by Los Angeles standards. The way I see it, although I make several dollars above minimun wage, I'm really no better off than an minimum wage person, in another state, where the cost of living is considerablly less.
I somehow afford to have DSL service through my telephone company, however, I can't afford Cable TV, or a Cell phone. I'm lucky if I can afford any new clothes, period. It's really hard on people to live in low wages, and like I said, if I can barely make it, how is a person on minimum wage supposed to live?
Anyone who thinks minimum wage shouldn't be raised is obviously unaware of how hard it is to struggle to make ends meet. Although I make more than double minimum wage, I am not so far removed from poverty that I can see that it is next to impossible to survive on minimum wage, even if they make it over $8 an hour here in California. I would not be able to survive on $8, and I don't know how other people do it.