It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
The true costs of goods and services is a secondary issue to stagnant and exploitative wages: The cost of certain goods might go up, but more people would be able to afford them with better compensation. The current price of low-cost goods and services in the United States is low-income, exploited workers living in poverty. But the country as a whole isn’t broke, only its workers are — while corporations and C.E.O.s are richer than ever.
The value of the federal minimum wage has declined 24 percent since 1968. If we re-established the relationship between the minimum wage and the overall median wage to its 1968 level, we would raise wages for 35 million people, a full quarter of the workforce.
Low Wages Cost U.S. Taxpayers $152.8 Billion Each Year in Public Support for Working Families
Stagnating wages and decreased benefits are a problem not only for low-wage workers who increasingly cannot make ends meet, but also for the federal government as well as the 50 state governments that finance the public assistance programs many of these workers and their families turn to. Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of enrollees in America’s major public support programs are members of working families;4 the taxpayers bear a significant portion of the hidden costs of low-wage work in America.
The poor economic outcomes of workers that result from corporate lobbying efforts are scandalous considering the economy’s net productivity has increased 93 percent since 1968 and low-wage workers have far more education today. Employers steal billions in wages from their workers every year because of a lack of will and/or government resources to adequately enforce labor standards. Meanwhile, the powerful lobbies work to effectively disempower workers by convincing legislatures to water down collective bargaining rights and weaken unions.
As a country this isn't working. So either wages ( manufacturing jobs) go up, taxes go up or we let the poor start to suffer/die by removing the safety nets (social services). The last option would make going safely to the grocery store similar to running from a pit bull wth a chuck roast in your pants.
You cannot artificially increase wages without it causing other issues somewhere else
these jobs were not designed to be careers
Jobs are a by product of a business being able to make a profit.
They guy who bust his ass to make $20/hr now is not going to be happy when a new employee with no skill is also making $20/hr.
What good is making $20/hr if everything else like rent, food, etc has also increased?
You work the job, gain some skills and move up or find a new job at a higher salary. If you are stuck in a minimum wage job, you've made some seriously bad choices in your life.
The average age of affected workers is 35 years old;