973 words - 4 pages A sensitive topic for many Americans is their income. Many people’s income relies on minimumwage. In 2012, 3.6 million people received an hourly pay at or below minimumwage. There is an ongoing debate in government as to what the minimumwage should be. Stuck at $7.25, Obama has suggested raising the minimumwage to $9.00. Depending on a person’s perspective, raising minimumwage could be positive or negative. Minimumwage has the ability to change lives, and change the economy. Small businesses and unemployment, teenage demographics, and the cost of civilian goods would be most affected.The only mystery is whether things would change for the better or for the worse.
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805 words - 3 pages According to the United States Department of Labor in 2012, “3.6 million workers earned wages at or below the federal minimumwage standard.” Minimumwage is a social problem that affects millions of people. There are several reasons minimumwage should be increased and it would affect the whole country in a more positive way. The government should increase minimumwage because the current minimumwage is not enough for living expenses, it helps to reduce the number of those on government assistance, and it would help boost the economy.
I remember my first real job experience, it was my first year in college, and I got a job the first week at one of the dining halls on campus. While I didVIEW DOCUMENT
811 words - 3 pages1. Skylar, Holly. “Raising the MinimumWage Will Help the Poor.” Social Justice. Ed. William
Dudley. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2005. Opposing Viewpoints. Rpt. From “Raise the MinimumWage to $10 in 2010.” Let Justice Roll Living Wage Campaign. 2009. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 17 Nov. 2013.
This article compares the rate of pay in 1960 to what minimumwage workers are making today.
The article discusses the minimumwage has not kept up with the current cost of living, and that it is
falling behind. A minimumwage increase would help to stimulate the economy, and stop the
diversification of the rich and the poor.
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924 words - 4 pagesMinimumwage has obviously changed over the decades. From $0.25 in 1938 to currently $7.25 for all covered, nonexempt workers since 2009. In the reasonable eye, one would think working in a job that only allows them to receive minimumwage will be motivation to go back to school and get a better paying job. But what if minimumwage increased? Making the average minimumwage amount $9.00 to even $10.00? The average amount of minimumwage in some states will increase starting January 4, 2014. In advanced; this is going to cause controversy between the people and governors of the states that passed this particular bill.
Since 1938; October 28 to be exact, uprisingVIEW DOCUMENT
1123 words - 4 pagesBarrack Obama’s State of The Union Address of 2013 caused a controversy that is still a relevant debate topic. Live from the United States Capitol, Obama clarified his perception on the minimumwage in America. Obama insisted that minimumwage should be increased because it would be a means of social justice to many Americans. Many Americans live in poverty and Obama believes that raising the minimumwage would assist some Americans to remove oneself from living in poverty and assist the economy from disintegrating. After hearing Obama’s State of The Union Address of 2013 and reading many articles concerning the raising of minimumwage, I believe minimumwage should be raised because itVIEW DOCUMENT
1295 words - 5 pagesAmerica is currently working on the issue of whether the minimumwage should be increased from $7.25 to $10.10 and economists are studying the effects of the possible increase. Minimumwage workers deal with struggles such as affording health care, paying for education, providing food for their families, putting many hours of work in while making little income and paying their bills. America’s decision to raise the minimumwage would help low wage workers to make higher incomes and would overall strengthen the economy, pulling Americans out of poverty. Americans may hold a minimumwage job if they do not have money to attend a college or university to obtain a degree in order to find aVIEW DOCUMENT
1435 words - 6 pagesOn Saturday, June 25, 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed 121 bills. Among these bills was a landmark law in the United States’ social and economic development—Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) or otherwise known as the Wages and Hours Bill. This new law created a maximum forty-four hour workweek, guaranteed “time-and-a-half” for overtime hours in certain jobs, banned oppressive child labor, and established the nation’s first minimumwage. By definition, a minimumwage is the lowest wage permitted by law or by a special agreement (such as one with a labor union). Throughout the years, the minimumwage has been a central debate topic for the socioeconomic world and now in 2014VIEW DOCUMENT
3552 words - 14 pagesRunning Head: PoliciesLiving in MinimumWageCheryl RobinsonCapella UniversityHS5401History of Social Welfare392 A Hickory Point BlvdNewport News, VA 23608757-952-5116Crobinson82@capellauniversity.eduDr. Edward MuldrowTable of ContentsHistorical Facts……………………………………………………………………….. 4Federal/ State Guidelines………&hellipVIEW DOCUMENT
595 words - 2 pagesZarbab SiddiquiENG4U0 - Mr. PanwarOral EssayExtend MinimumWageHello ladies and gentleman, citizens of Canada. Today I will be speaking on your behalf as a troubled individual, who believes in the same goal as you do; who believes that minimumwage should be more than it currently is. Through the amount of time and effort and countless hours of work we put in everyday; we receive a small check which seems puny, insignificant and worthless to us by the end of the day. We cannot comprehend the understanding of why minimumwage is put to such aVIEW DOCUMENT
2469 words - 10 pages Who are these workers that makes minimumwage? According to the official Bureau of Labor Statistics 3.3 million are making at or below the federal minimumwage of $7.25. Among 3.3 are split into two main categories. The first category is those who are making the exact federal minimumwage which accounts for 1.5 million workers. The second category is those who are making below the federal minimumwage which accounts for 1.8 million workers. The second category includes tipped workers, full time students, and disabled workers. Majority of which are tipped workers and regardless of how much tips they received, they will at least make the federal minimumwage. About 50 percent of the minimumVIEW DOCUMENT
1428 words - 6 pagesMinimumWage Legislation AssignmentMinimumWage LegislationDate: November 14, 2012Student's Name: JasonClass Number: AF4-4ID Number: SBC-11-0445Professor's Name: Andy RitrcheWord count: 1302MinimumWage Legislation AssignmentMinimumWage Legislation AssignmentIntroduction:The mitigation of poverty is increasingly seen as a primary economic objective. Poverty creates many economic costs in terms of the opportunity cost of lost output, the cost of welfare provision associated withVIEW DOCUMENT
998 words - 4 pagesThe minimumwage was first enacted into law as part of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938. The original minimumwage applied to workers engaged in interstate commerce and the production of goods for interstate commerce. In 1938, this applied to roughly 11.0 million workers out of a total of 54.9 million workers. The minimumwage was set at $0.25 per hour. However, by 1966 the minimumwage $1.25 and applied to virtually all workers. In its beginnings, the minimumwage was set at a value that was high enough for a person to live off of (Valetta 3). However, in recent years someoneVIEW DOCUMENT
704 words - 3 pagesA bill increasing the current minimumwage is greatly needed, and our government officials should demand a raise due to the increase in the cost of living, as it’s no longer realistic. We need higher paying wages for all, middle and lower class income levels. Without some sort of help and support from our government the economy will only get worse. Students will not be able to afford the cost of school and living. Single family households will not be able to support their selves.
Some argue that if an increase in minimumwage is passed businesses will raise the prices of goods and services to help compensate the cost of pay raises. The cost in goods and services is already on anVIEW DOCUMENT
694 words - 3 pagesMinimumWage in America � PAGE �2�
MinimumWage in AmericaJeremy MastersNational University (ECO 203)Minimumwage laws were first seen in Australia and New Zealand around 1896, they set the legal minimums for the hourly wages paid to certain groups of workers. These laws were first seen in the United States round 1938. As of today, more than 90% of all countries have someVIEW DOCUMENT
2578 words - 10 pagesInvesting in employees is the single most important investment that a company can make. A lot of Americans are now in deep poverty, or have a huge amount of debt to catch up too. With the thought of that, in the United States today, millions of Americans are living on the federal minimumwage of $7.25. For this case, it is necessary that there is a need for an increase in the federal minimumwage because it would be much more beneficial to both the economy of the United States and to individual workers because more Americans need spending power, higher minimumwage will help close the wide gap between the wealthy and the poor, and the working poor need to protect themselves in caseVIEW DOCUMENT
1537 words - 6 pagesA heated discussion that has only gained momentum in the year 2014, is the topic of minimumwage, and whether or not it needs to be increased. Both the state and federal levels of government are trying to push for an increase in minimumwage, effectively raising the amount people can earn, particularly those who find themselves within the lower class. Once again, at both a state and federal level, they face various amounts of opposition, who either disagree with the number being proposed, or any increase in general. Considering the upcoming bill in Massachusetts legislature about increasing the minimumwage, this is an issue that could potentially affect my future, and numerous othersVIEW DOCUMENT
1283 words - 5 pagesThe selling point that has brought people to the United States for centuries is the American dream: Prosperity, Luxury, Opportunity, and so on. Unfortunately for many, this dream has been squandered by the receding economy of an indebted country. As inflation runs rampant, the value of the U.S. dollar decreases, lowering the value of household and business incomes. This economic recession has led many, especially those who only earn the minimumwage, to poverty. According to the United States Department of Labor, “The federal minimumwage is $7.25 per hour” (“Wage and Hour Division”). Some people believe that a solution to this problem is to raise the minimumwage; however, doing so wouldVIEW DOCUMENT
1533 words - 6 pagesPoverty is a significant topic that is being investigated, talked about and most importantly lived in by millions in America. Many American citizens, specifically the children are not only living in poverty, but they are living below the poverty line due to low minimumwage (Gidfar). A child living in poverty can face serious problems in the future. Reducing poverty should not be charity work. As citizens of the world it should be a social responsibility to find a way in which poverty can no longer be a living status, especially for a developed country like America. It is one of the top countries before Mexico with the highest rate of child poverty (Gidfar). In context, minimumwage has aVIEW DOCUMENT
1168 words - 5 pagesMinimumWage
Weather or not to increase minimumwage is currently a hot topic. Some feel that minimumwage should be increased while others say no. Minimumwage is the lowest wage payable to employees. Minimumwage should not be increased because if it is a lot of current minimumwage workers will be forced out of their jobs and could possibly lose everything.
“The minimumwage makes it illegal for workers to have a job paying less than the minimumwage, and it keeps employers from hiring anyone for less than the legal minimumwage even if people are willing to work for less. If the current minimumwage for low-skilled workers is $7.25 per hour, and Congress mandates a minimumwage of $9VIEW DOCUMENT
1115 words - 4 pagesA family of four is on government welfare, has no health or car insurance, and lives from paycheck to paycheck because both parents make minimumwage. Parents cannot provide for a family because they barely make enough money to pay the bills. According to Driscoll, it is proven that a “family of three all making minimumwage, still falls below the poverty level.” President Obama has proposed raising the minimumwage to $9.00 but no actions have been made on his behalf. So congress needs to raise the minimumwage in order to help the general well being of the people.
Minimumwage is the least amount of money than an employer can pay its workers per hour. For example, the minimumwage inVIEW DOCUMENT
1256 words - 5 pagesFor the past year I have watched my younger sister struggle to support herself and her now 11 month old baby. She makes more than minimumwage. She has struggled to the point where she was evicted and now lives with me. I have also experienced struggling on low pay. When I was eighteen, I was kicked out of my family’s house, and I was only making $8 an hour. There were days where I had to choose between paying rent and getting my electricity shut off, just because I couldn’t work enough hours to pay all of my bills. It can be very scary to only make minimumwage and have to support yourself. There are changes that need to be made so that every person can live properly with any job. MinimumVIEW DOCUMENT
648 words - 3 pagesThe first minimumwage was put in place by Congress in 1938 as part of the Fair Labor Standards Act. It was set at twenty-five cents. Since then minimumwage has continually fluctuated, and currently, it is $7.25, but Congress is now considering the Fair MinimumWage Act (Whittner) which would, over the course of two years, raise minimumwage to $10.10 (Sherk). Adding almost three dollars to the United State’s minimumwage will most certainly have a large, positive impact on the nation. Congress should raise minimumwage because it would boost the economy, it would create jobs, and it would not be right to let people who work full time to live in poverty.
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1530 words - 6 pagesMany dissatisfied people suffer in the economy due to their incomes and the minimum wages. In an article, under CNN, the story of Kevin Burgos, an employed American father who’s suffering financially in the current state of the economy is used as an example to support the idea of increasing minimum wages. Kevin works full-time as a fast food assistant manager, earns above minimumwage, and brings additional money to his home on the side. However, his salary and extra money doesn’t fully pay off his simple living expenses. In fact, he is $600 short every month, which makes his family of five suffer. His story points out income inequality and how the minimum wages don’t cut it for many. KevinVIEW DOCUMENT
858 words - 3 pages For decades, many Americans argue that minimum wages should be raised. Would it be a help or harm? Many Americans wants this because they believe it would help them have a better life. Moreover, they believe it will greatly help the poor get out of poverty. Also, Harkin believes that raising minimumwage means more for America’s gross domestic product (“Raising…”). Harkin estimates that there will be about $25 billion more for GDP, 100,000 more jobs, and 28 million Americans would get a raise if the minimumwage increases (“Raising…”). However, in my opinion, minimumwage should not be raised. It will cause more harm than good because raising minimumwage will lead to an increase inVIEW DOCUMENT
838 words - 3 pagesIf you or your family were to go out into the world today and find an easy paying job you would be expecting minimumwage. Minimumwage has been defined by as the lowest wage, determined by law or contract that an employer may pay an employee for a specified job. For many this is not enough I know first had that it will help but it is not enough. For most of my college career my mother was the only one making more than minimumwage and it was barely enough.
Recently this subject has been in the news more than ever. Ten states are looking to raise the minimumwage price ceiling in their state to allow their workers to make more money. As stated before this is only the state’s minimumwageVIEW DOCUMENT
1069 words - 4 pagesMinimumWage: The Bare Minimum
"They work hard every day; they stock our store shelves, wash dishes at our restaurants, clean our offices at night, care for our kids during the day...They have in common the minimumwage. And they need a raise, and as you saw, they deserve a raise" (Clinton). President Clinton made this speech on the south lawn of the White House at 10:30 a.m. on the 8th of March 2000. He argued for the minimumwage hike to go into effect. He argued for the population of the United States who worked at the federal minimumwage. But was his argument feasible? Would it be practical to raise the federal minimumwage from its current status of $5.15 an hour, to $6.15VIEW DOCUMENT
1579 words - 6 pagesLiving in a nice home, a good neighborhood, and having nice cars is what most people think of as part of the American Dream. How are you supposed to get there though? Unless you're going to win the lottery you’re going to have to work in some form. Achieving the American Dream while earning minimumwage may take a person longer but it is still attainable. Through higher education or hard work individuals can achieve a higher standard of living.
What is minimumwage? Minimumwage is the lowest hourly rate (dollars per hour) that employers can pay their employees. According to minimumwage.com Minnesota’s minnimum wage is $7.25 per hour but will be getting raised to $9.00 per hourVIEW DOCUMENT
1431 words - 6 pagesIntroduction
WASHINGTON D.C. President Barack Obama has shouted on Congress to raise the combined minimumwage, the centerpiece proposition at the State of the Coalition address that concentrated on commercial inequality in America. Pointing out that the present minimum of $7.25 is nearly 20% lower in real paying manipulation than it was 25 years ago, he impelled legislators to prop a bill that should hold the nationwide rate to $10.10. We additionally have to do extra to safeguard our economy distinctions the dignity of work and that hard work pays off for all of our citizens. Americans overwhelmingly concur that no one who works maximum period ought to ever have to raise a relation inVIEW DOCUMENT
2237 words - 9 pagesThe life of many Americans is one day on repeat. We wake up, prepare for our day, and then head off to our jobs that never seem to pay enough for our living needs. No matter how hard the average worker works, he/she can’t seem to make ends meet. Why is this? It would be logical that these hard working Americans that spend day after day at their job would be thriving; however, in most cases, it is the opposite. Despite the amount of time and effort that goes into a daily job, these workers are making minimumwage and are fighting to survive in the current economic state. It is close to impossible for most families to survive without spending paycheck-to-paycheck, as most do. There is aVIEW DOCUMENT
872 words - 3 pagesIntroduction:
The relation between employment and minimumwage is one of the most debated topics in economics. The debate on minimumwage has been going on ever since it was first implemented in New Zeland in 1894 and Austrian colony of Victoria in 1896 (Starr, Gerald 1993). Although minimum wages has been implemented in most countries there is still heated debates about the benefits and drawbacks of minimumwage. Numerous studies have been conducted in the USA on the relation between minimumwage and employment, and many show contradictory results. While initial reports found a correlation between unemployment and minimumwage, subsequent studies have show no proven relationship. ThisVIEW DOCUMENT
970 words - 4 pagesMinimumwage is a difficult number to decide on because it affects different income earning citizens in different ways. According to Principles of Microeconomics, by N. Gregory Mankiw, minimumwage is a law that establishes the lowest price for labor that and employer may pay (Mankiw 6-1b). Currently, the minimumwage in the United States is $7.25 per hour. For many years politicians and citizens have argued on what should be the minimumwage that would benefit the economy and society in general. A minimumwage was first established in 1938 to increase the standard of living of lower class workers. To discuss what is better for the country and its citizens, people have to understand whatVIEW DOCUMENT
1933 words - 8 pagesWith President Franklin Roosevelt’s cries for “A fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work,” the Fair Labor Standards Act established minimumwage in 1938 (Grossman). Overtime, the minimumwage has been raised in order to account for inflation (BLS 14). However, what the overall economic impact of raising the wage will be is once again a daunting and extensive question. The controversy over raising the minimumwage seems to come from often conflicting economic opinions. While raising the minimumwage is done with good intentions, critics argue that a higher minimumwage will harm those it is actually trying to help. Raising the minimumwage, while a controversial issue, will have an overallVIEW DOCUMENT
1761 words - 7 pagesShould the minimumwage increased to $10.10 an hour? This has increased over the years and everyone has their opinions. Those who are in favor of increasing minimumwage to $10.10 believe that more money will decrease poverty and the unemployment rate. Those who oppose the increase in the minimumwage, believe that it should not be increased and should stay the same, because it will cause businesses to close up because they are not making enough money to survive in the economy An increase in minimumwage would have to make the employees work harder to make increase sales of the business. I believe that the minimumwage should not increase to $10.10.
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812 words - 3 pagesUnemployment is an issue that national leaders try to deal with every day. Many job-creating strategies have been put forth over the years, and, in recent times, a popular strategy is to raise the Federal minimumwage. However, increasing the minimumwage could have an unforeseen effect on America’s job market that if unchecked could spiral out of control.
At first glance, raising the federal minimumwage seems like a good idea. In a perfect world, giving everybody more money would be wonderful. Unfortunately, this is not a perfect world, and money doesn’t grow on trees, says a Yahoo! Finance editorial by Robert Weinstein. “What proponents actually need is Santa to be real. The only problemVIEW DOCUMENT
1272 words - 5 pagesWould raising the minimumwage actually help the American economy? Some people believe it would take people out of poverty. Others think that it will make it easier for people to supply for their families. Many believe that it should have been raised with the price of inflation over the years. While any of these reasons might be true, there are still many consequences that could take action if minimumwage is raised. Most Republicans are completely against the idea of raising it while President Obama would like to raise it from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour. Raising the minimumwage would cost jobs, place people in higher tax brackets, inflate prices, and create greater competition forVIEW DOCUMENT
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What would be so bad about raising minimumwage, it sounds good and all? Raising the minimumwage can hurt Americans more than it can help them. The people for raising minimumwage are people who believe that increasing minimumwage can help those people who are generally unskilled and need an income they can live on, but raising minimumwage would do the opposite and make employers have to fire people who earn minimumwage, because they can’t afford the higher wages. People need to realize that increasing the minimumwage would hurt people more than help them, because in the end increasing it would result in some people being let go because business can’t afford paying them minimumwageVIEW DOCUMENT
845 words - 3 pagesMy chosen topic is minimum wages increasing in the United States. This topic came from the idea from the news. It was brought up in the discussion. This topic was interesting because I work at a retail store in New Jersey. The wages in New Jersey are seven dollars and twenty five cents. In 2014 it will be a dollar up so it is going to be tough because prices will rise. This topic affects me because now I worked as a minimumwage worker so I get pay by an hour. If the wages rise then something will decrease and increase.
Minimumwage is the lowest hourly pay employers are legally able to pay their workers. In United States there is huge debate on whether or not to raise the currentVIEW DOCUMENT
1959 words - 8 pagesThe Effects of a Higher MinimumWage
When I was eleven years old my parents told me that they could not afford to buy me new school clothes that year. So, in my desperation for some new school clothes I started working. I did odd jobs on farms for family and friends, as well as babysitting. I worked that whole summer of my 6th grade year, and I continued to work every summer up until my senior year in high school when I started to work full-time. I started helping pay my parents rent when I was thirteen and bought most of my own food as a young adult. I bought all of my cars, and I am paying for my own school. So you might ask "why were we so poor? Was it because you had deadbeat parentsVIEW DOCUMENT
1098 words - 4 pages For the past year I have watched my younger sister struggle to support herself and her now 11 month old baby. She makes more than minimumwage. She has struggled to the point where she was evicted and now lives with me. I have also experienced struggling on low pay. When I was 18 I was kicked out of my family’s house, and I was only making $8 an hour. There were days where I had to choose between paying rent and getting my electricity shut off, just because I couldn’t work enough hours to pay all of my bills. It can be very scary to only make minimumwage and have to support yourself. There are changes that need to be made so that every person can live properly with anyVIEW DOCUMENT
1758 words - 7 pagesHistory and Overview
Lululemon Athletica is a yoga retail store; it is a textile apparel clothing company founded in 1998. Lululemon is located in the United States as well as Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Lululemon very first store opened in November of 2000, in Vancouver BC, a place called Kitsilano. Originally, Lululemon idea behind the store was for it to be a community where individual would be able to learn and talk about healthy leaving through and yoga and their diet. However, it was impossible to help every customer that way since the store was very busy. Instead, Lululemon shifted their focus on educating their staff so well that they would able to positively influenceVIEW DOCUMENT
1322 words - 5 pagesPros and Cons of Raising the MinimumWage
When you picture a minimumwage worker, who do you picture? Do you see a sixteen year old, a middle-aged mother, a college graduate, or even a senior citizen worker? In September of 2013, California governor Jerry Brown signed a new bill into act that would cause the California minimumwage to rise from the current $8.00 and hour to $10.00 and hour in increments over the next three years. The minimumwage rate will go up in two separate $1.00 boosts. The first will change the rate from $8.00 to $9.00 in July of 2014, and the second increase, to $10.00, in January 2016. In this paper, I will discuss, compare, and weigh the pros and cons of theVIEW DOCUMENT
1865 words - 7 pagesIf a person were to ask any worker if he or she would like a raise, the response would be a resounding yes. However, if one were to ask that same worker if he or she would like to be fired or have their hours of work reduced, then that worker would likely say no. The effects of minimumwage are centered on exactly these points. Minimumwage should be eliminated.The federal minimumwage was instituted in 1938 as a provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). It was originally set at $0.25 per hour, about 40 percent of the average manufacturing wage at that time. Over the nextVIEW DOCUMENT
1291 words - 5 pages The national minimumwage was introduced in the UK in April 1999 by
the Labour government. Essentially it formed a major part of their
manifesto as it convinced the average population that Labour were
beneficial for everybody. However, they would argue against classical
economics and suggest there are wide spread benefits to be gained.
The main argument is that the NMW would alleviate poverty across the
country. This is an equity issue that has constantly concerned society
and would go some way to redistribution of income. It is a social
belief that if every one is 'well off' and lives above the poverty
line, there will be positive socialVIEW DOCUMENT
1047 words - 4 pagesThe Effect of MinimumWage on the American Economy
A sensitive topic for many Americans is their income. Many people’s income relies on minimumwage. In 2012, 3.6 million people received an hourly pay at or below the national minimumwage. There is an ongoing debate in Congress as to what the national minimumwage should be. Currently at $7.25, Obama has suggested raising the national minimumwage to $9.00. Depending on a person’s economic perspective, raising minimumwage could be positive or negative. Minimumwage has the ability to change lives. Small businesses and unemployment, teenage demographics, and the cost of civilian goods would be most affected.
Many areas could be affected byVIEW DOCUMENT
1756 words - 7 pages “Franklin Roosevelt’s 1937 impassioned speech calling on Congress to help the one-third of Americans who were “ill-housed, ill-clad, and ill-nourished” heralded in the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 and with it a national minimumwage. Echoes of that speech are still heard today. Senator Edward Kennedy (1989: S14707), in his criticism of the most recent increases in the minimumwage, declared:
The minimumwage was, as it should be, a living wage, for working men and women ... who are attempting to provide for their families, feed and clothe their children, heat their homes, [and] pay their mortgages. The cost-of-living inflation adjustment since 1981 would put the minimumwage at $4.79VIEW DOCUMENT
1198 words - 5 pagesNarin GopaulProfessor FlanaganEnc11018/4/2013It's the year 2014, and we are in the state of the financial crisis which is still being feltacross the nation by the majority of Americans. Many Americans who have worked onminimum wages are struggling to live on a salary that is below the poverty threshold. In 2012, the U.S census posted that in a family of three; their income is 18,552, (U.S Census). In most case, one member of the family is working on a minimumwage salary which is below 18,552, (U.S. Dept. of Labor). It has been almost a five years since congress has raised the minimumwage (Huff Post). Throughout my argument, I will share myVIEW DOCUMENT
1683 words - 7 pagesPresident Franklin Roosevelt endorsed the federal minimumwage law in 1938 while the Great Depression was at its utmost insolvent position. Because at this point in time the economy was at its lowest, the sole purpose for its enactment was to keep the majority of Americans out of poverty and increase consumer demand. Following the 1960’s, the minimumwage has had a very gradual increase to the point where it is now at a standby. At this moment with a recession occurring, minimum wages have not brought any benefits to those working for such a limited pay. In fact, it has affected an amount of factors rather than actually keeping the overall population out of impoverishment. AlthoughVIEW DOCUMENT
1718 words - 7 pagesPicture this: You are a single parent of two, you work 40 hours a week plus occasional overtime at a minimumwage paying job, you struggle to put food on the table to feed your family, and then you receive a call from the bank saying that your home is being foreclosed. This is the situation faced by thousands of Americans every year due to low income and wealth inequality. The federal minimumwage (FMW) as of April 2014 is $7.25, which is not enough to keep a family of two above the poverty line. There are certain questions on this topic that should be addressed, such as why is poverty and wealth distribution an issue in the United States today? Should the FMW be raised and why? How wouldVIEW DOCUMENT
3356 words - 13 pages well as their interaction with narrative language (Kress and Van Leeuwen, 2006).Through studying images and language collectively, Kress and Van Leeuwen (2006) combine Critical Discourse Analysis and Multimodal Discourse Analysis to examine how media constructs a version of reality.
One recent political issue which has been represented differently in newspapers of distinct political inclinations is the US minimumwage hike. This paper will compare two newspaper cuttings on Obama’s proposal of minimumwage hike and the Republicans' banning of it. Since both news clips consist of images and words, I am going to discuss them in terms of Multimodal Discourse Analysis (MDA), then CriticalVIEW DOCUMENT
1067 words - 4 pages“More than 1.1m people in London live in low-income families where at least one adult is working, an increase of 60 per cent over the past decade” (Pickford, 2013). In an article recently published by former treasury minister and economist, Kitty Ussher, the question of whether minimumwage in London should be increased was put forward (Ussher, 2013). This article highlights the idea of how minimumwage affects people with a low income in London and that by using the methodology of the Low Pay Commission (the independent body that advises the government about minimumwage, a conclusion was reached that “raising the mandatory rate by 7 per cent in the capital” (Pickford, 2013) would not haveVIEW DOCUMENT