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For instance a car repair place charging $180 an hour in labor, and paying the mechanic doing all the actual work $18 an hour, this is stupidity at its finest, and business 101.
Pay nothing take everything. That is the American business model.
reply to post by oblvion
40 hour a week should equal basic food, shelter and clothing.
Otherwise whats the point of working if you CANT FREAKING SURVIVE!
reply to post by crazyewok
40 true working hours SHOULD....
The problem comes in very fast when people demand that 40 hour week purchasing power and standard of living on part time or less for levels of effort put out to earn it.
Min. Wage in Missouri comes to $294 and change for a 40 hour work week. My base Mortgage is $490 for a 3bd + in a solid middle class neighborhood. As an entry level job pays minimum wage? I can live fairly well ...albeit with a very basic standard of living ...on 40 hours at that wage. Federally raising mine here will blow the local economy to hell and back for some of the levels they've dreamed up. Perhaps in other areas, $294 a week barely pays the commute and parking bills, much less day care or lunches.
It varies..and why 50 DIFFERENT states are such a good idea to form a Union from, eh?
What flies in New York wont work in Alabama and vice versa. Be like the EU forcing a standard minimum wage.
40 hours, regardless of the job, skill level of employee????
Does everyone get the same EQUAL clothing, food and shelter, regardless of their pay level?
I don't know where and when it happened, but minimum wage jobs were for kids just starting out. I had a paper route in 5th through 8th grade, now 45 year old men have paper routes. My kids will never have the joy of getting up 3 hours prior to school, 7 days a week to get their routes done. They have missed out on that work ethic, try as I may to instill it.
Also, the UK minimum wage has never risen above inflation since its introduction in the late 90's - That is a conspiracy in itself in my eyes.
Then the recession hit.....
In your example, let's assume it's a restaurant.
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The movement for a minimum wage was initially targeted at stopping sweatshop labour.
Im pretty sure the minimum wage was introduced to give all people a basic standard so that you dont go without food, shelter, warmth and water. It has for many years been abused by big business, who CAN afford to pay their employee's more, but choose not to. Also, the UK minimum wage has never risen above inflation since its introduction in the late 90's - That is a conspiracy in itself in my eyes.
With more people with degree's and no job's for graduates, everyone's wages are just being grinded down. Its like capitialism's own twisted version of socialism.
And now for the "You dont deserve to make more than minimum wage" in 3.........2.......1.........
I will flame war with all of the idiots who say "that job is entry level" or "that job is low skill" etc..... If a man works 40 hours a week anywhere in the U.S. he deserves to be able to feed himself and his family, I dont care what job he has.
Anything less is slave labor at best, and anyone who thinks 40 hours of work shouldnt equal food and shelter is a parasite that simply feeds off the blood sweat and tears of humanity as a whole.
one of the most effective labor strikes anywhere in the world has been those of garbage collectors. the wealthiest people in any country where they live, cannot live without their garbage being taken away. the rotting stench, coupled with the vermin, disease, insect infestations bring the billionaires to their knees real fast. I remember one garbage strike in New York, in downtown Manhattan, where the garbage was stacked 10 feet high around all the posh entry-ways to those multi-million dollar central park apartments...shocker!...that strike ended really fast.