What is a living wage?
a wage that is high enough to maintain a normal standard of living.
What would be considered a normal standard of living these days? Could it be an apartment, used car, food and clothing for the family and gas money?
Basically, anything required to sustain you as a worker, including some cheap entertainment?
What is missing from this list? Families in the past owned a house (renting is not owning) instead of an apartment, had new cars and saved up enough
money to send their kids to college. They might have even had a boat. What is the significance of this? They were in charge of their own lives, they
owned their property, and they had projects of their own initiative
in addition that they earned enough to pay for.
Yet these days, the lower class seems to be growing as more and more people have started working in fast food and low-income service industry jobs to
maintain a living. Right now, they are not being paid day's share of sustenance by their employers, which is, in my opinion troublesome. Someone who
does a day's work definitely deserves at least
a day's share of sustenance for themselves and their family.
Right now, the difference in what someone earns from corporations and what they need to live at a decent, but low, living standard is subsidized by
the government in food stamps and welfare paid to employees. A living wage forces corporations to take responsibility for their actions and pay
workers who work full time for them enough to live. I am firmly for this.
The problem isn't that, though, it is that even this "living wage" that everyone seems to be denied is no more than slavery. Those on the right might
scoff and complain about how entitled I am, ha ha. But most people are probably not thinking about it the same way as me. How much of the middle-class
is going to have their standard of living lowered
to that of a living wage?
Think about the days of plantations, and you will conjure images of workers living in bunkhouses and being fed. They probably also had things they did
to pass the time. Now, fast forward, and you have apartment buildings instead of bunkhouses, being fed, and being entertained. Doing that is basically
the extent of the living wage.
The question is, how much is the middle-class going to shrink?
So how does ATS stack up on meeting the living standards I think a living wage should provide? Are you making it on less than $2,400 a month?
$15 an hour is what cities are saying is a living wage, which is $2,400 a month or $28,800 a year. What do people think a living wage should cover? Is
$15 an hour too much? Should it be something each city sets based on its cost of living?
Earning the living wage gives someone $800, or a third of their income per month, to rent an apartment. It is recommended that a third of one's income
is spent on rent.
In Seattle, apartments seem to cost $800 being the cheapest I could find and $1,300 on the lower end of the scale. Here are some diagrams of them.
What should a living wage cover?
How could you justify making someone work for less than the cost of slavery?
How much of America can look forward to making a living wage as the new future?
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