Todays rant - the working poor/ hourly wages

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    spectrumc01 I give you....the TRUTH

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    It's time to shine the light on a few things about hourly wages.

    The first is that the majority of hourly jobs as found at Wal Mart, Meijers, K Mart, all fast food jobs, and other department stores is that they are not full time employment. Yes, it is true that you can make a dollar or two above minimum wage , even up to ten dollars an hour at these stores but you do not get full time employment. These are the largest employers in the US, and they pay less than $20,800 (before taxes) a year to the majority of their employees. I can't tell you about benefit packages because they are only offered to full time employees.

    Unions are only in a few of these businesses so the employer can hire and fire at will if there is no union. When there is no union then management gets away with anything it wants, even though store policy is written to prevent those things. Employees have no recourse without unions. A manager wants to get his neighbors son hired, well, you just might loose your job. A manager has a bad day, so you might be on the receiving end of a cuss filled rant, sorry about your luck.

    It might help to see it, so here it is....

    1) $7.25 per hour X 40 hours = $290 per week X 52 weeks = $15,080.00 per year before taxes.

    2) $10.00 / hr X 40 hrs = $400 / week X 52 weeks = $20,800 / year before taxes.

    3) $15.00 / hr X 40 hrs = $600 / week X 52 weeks = $31,200 / year before taxes.

    In all honesty you really are not going to raise a family on a single parent worker for less than $15 and hour with medical benefits. (optical and dental are never considered as medical benefits). To know what the take home pay is multiply by 76%, because you only take home 76% of your pay.

    With prices going up and wages at a freeze eventually somethings gotta give. So when discussing economics and how the poor get everything handed to them, remember the working poor. The guy out there busting his ass to support his family working two jobs (one part and one full time) needs some help before he looses everything.

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    Why do they need to be?

    Which is why very few single parents have jobs like that unless they also have help from extended family.

    The fact is that most people in minimum wage earners are either single students, just starting their career, or secondary earners.
     
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    One of my kids was recently "promoted" to full time at Sam's Klub. The benefits suck believe me.
     
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    So people who don't make enough money shouldn't have kids. :thup:
     
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    Let's go back to the 50s.

    End NAFTA, stop importing sweatshop goods, join the Union...
     
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    A job is a job is a job.

    But a cigar is still a cigar.

    You do what you gotta do.

    Get on with it.
     
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    zzzz Just a regular American

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    In 2010 the breakdown of min wage earners is:
    Age 16-19=26% (994,000)
    Age 20-24=26% (1,141,000)
    Age 25-29=11% (502,000)
    Age 30-44=20% (912,000)
    Age 45+=19% (812,000)

    61% of these people are women! I would venture that many of them are single parent.

    32,000 of these people have masters degrees and 288,000 have bachelors degrees. 72% of them have at least a high school diploma.

    Political Calculations: Visualizing the Characteristics of Minimum Wage Earners in 2010
     
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    When I worked at Kmart I worked full time hours for five weeks, then the sixth week I would have around 29 hrs. It never failed! This was before they merged with Sears and if you worked full time for six weeks they had to offer you benefits.

    Kmart does offer some sort of benefits to part time workers, it isn't worth what you pay, and I sure as hell wouldn't call it health insurance.
     
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    ...............and 100% of them are murkins.....................
     

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