reply to post by Xtrozero
minimum wage is a little over 7 an hour....
I make more than this, rent ( the cheapest efficiency on the market in the crappiest neighborhood there is) would take over half my earnings, add to
that car insurance, electricity, healthcare, gas for the car, and on an on...well, forget about eating!!!
health insurance is soon to be a necessity..gov't says so!!
car is a necessity for me, my feet say so!!!
heat, electricity is a necessity, the city says so!!
a roof over my head is a necessity, I say so!!!!!
that in and of itself would put me over my budget....
so, well, guess I would be sleeping in a car and my boss might have me working for him a few weeks before I physically feel apart, because well, I
asked for hep once, when I really, really needed it and was refused, so I will not ask again. at the time, I have a hubby and three adult kids
helping out with the household expenses so it isn't an issue.
but we have three adult kids here helping because they can't see a way to make it in this economy.
and I am not the only one in the shop earning low wages that have bothered going to college, there are several others. I know what the product we
produce sells for by the time it gets to the consumer!!!
the work the producers do to create this product is worth a living wage!!! it's just that the value of those between us and the customers is
overinflated in many areas, and of course, at some point the big corps are involved with their highly paid ceo's....
society thought that the machinists weren't worth a decent wage either, and look where it's gotten us!!! that segment of the workforce is dwindling
to an alarming rate while they retire and no one wants to go into the field.....
I've lived among the poor most of my life. I've seen what is going on. single men can't make it, the single mom's can't make it, the married couples
aren't making it on their own. the married couples end up separated, and then well, shh don't tell anyone, they might get back together till ss gets
a clue, then opps, their not together anymore... the singles, well, I've watched some of them play roulette, jumping from one to another as soon as ss
gets a clue as to what is going on in the women's household. or they are using the plastic to make ends meet....
I stand by my statement.
if a job requires a living person, it should be paying enough to that person to live on!!!
it would promote marriage more.
it would preserve families more...
it would encourage women to have those babies everyone is screaming about them killing before they are born more!!!
it would save us some money that is now flowing through social services!!
and maybe, just maybe it would encourage the business sector to stop overcharging everything for a profit!!!
that money could be diverted to the businesses that really need the help paying their workforce a decent wage!
in plain simple language I am sick and tired of helping the employees of big insurance companies get insurance for their kids so their bosses can
have that extra hundred thousand dollars everytime the gov't tries to help more people and extend the programs!!!
I've been in the business I am in in over ten years, I am good at what I do, it's a position that gives society a product they want, and sometimes
needs!! no one can argue that machinists are needed!
if society wants them, needs them, well, they should be paying for them when they use the products that they are making, and not the gov't, through a
vaste number of different programs with a small army to pay for to deliver their small pittance of "help"!!!
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