People forget that the majority of businesses in America are small, independently run businesses that can’t afford to pay the majority of their employees more than the current minimum wage. Even the current wage is hurting small business in addition to the unrealistic competition large discount stores /walmart/ put on them.
The whole point of an entry level job is to work hard to make your way up in a company. If you work hard you will be rewarded.
To expect to be paid $10+ an hour starting out flipping burgers is unreasonable. Aspire to own the place one day instead and you’ll make $10 an hour the right way, by earning it.
Um, no. Stop reading Ayn Rand.
It is NOT unreasonable to expect to be paid a living wage. How many minimum wage jobs are people reasonably expected to work to pay rent? The answer should be 1, but in my city it’s at least 3.4 (Link to very depressing map of San Francisco) Minimum wage has not been rising with the rate of inflation, which functionally means that workers today are making less than they would have 30 years ago while being expected to afford a much higher cost of living - basics like paying for housing, food, clothing and medical care.
Raising minimum wage increases workers’ incomes, which increases the amount of money they spend - which helps small businesses. To put it bluntly, people who can afford more buy more. It’s pretty simple.
We have to decide if we want to be a first world county that values all of its citizens or a third world country that doesn’t. I already know which one I want this country to be. I’m sorry you don’t feel the same.
(I had to split my post in half)
This’ll be the last I speak on the matter because I feel that having discussion online (especially on tumblr with the horrible ui) is pointless. I just felt like responding to the original post for personal reasons.
I’m sorry you live in an area that’s grossly overpriced, although I believe your milk prices are far better than ours. ;)
However, I stand by what I say. I know first hand how this terrible economy has affected the private sector. Either way you slice it business will be hurt but even more so by forcing employers to raise wages. Not only would the wages of entry level employees be higher but the wages of veteran employees as well. It’s a domino effect.
People may have more disposable income but shop owners will have to raise their prices to pay their employees at the higher rate. And even then consumers will continue to shop at big box stores because they are able to offer the same products at slightly lower prices. Suppliers give better discounts to large companies on the same products that the small stores or independents offer creating an unfair advantage.