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  •  Overheard (6+ / 0-)

    These jobs were not meant to pay a living wage. They are what they are.   So what should these folks do, MickeyD?

    •  Raise the Federal Min Wage, (10+ / 0-)

      because basically we are subsidizing MickeyDs by paying their employees in food stamps.

      Hell, McDonald's has so much economic buying power, the least they could do is provide groceries to their workers who make below a living wage.

      •  Santa Fe, NM has Living Wage ordinance, should (4+ / 0-)

        be a model...

        Living Wage
        What is the Living Wage
        The term Living Wage refers to the minimum hourly wage necessary for a person to achieve some specific standard of living.

        Santa Fe's Living Wage
        The City of Santa Fe Living Wage Ordinance was adopted to establish minimum hourly wage rates.

        Effective March 1, 2012 all employers are required to pay employees an hourly wage of $10.29.  This includes part-time and temporary employees.

        The March 1, 2012 Living Wage increase is in accordance with City Ordinance and corresponds to the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the Western Region for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers.  All employers required to have a business license or registration from the City must pay at least the adjusted 2012 Living Wage to employees for all hours worked within the Santa Fe city limits.

        Who is affected?

            The city of Santa Fe shall pay the minimum wage to all full-time permanent workers employed by the city.
            Contractors for the city that have a contract requiring the performance of a service including construction services but excluding purchases of goods, shall pay the minimum wage to their workers and subcontractors performing work under the contract if the total contract amount with the city is, or by way of amendment becomes, equal to or greater than thirty thousand dollars ($30,000.).
            Businesses receiving assistance relating to economic development in the form of grants, subsidies, loan guarantees or industrial revenue bonds in excess of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000.) to those employed by such entity for the duration of the city grant or subsidy shall pay the minimum wage to their workers for all hours worked within the city of Santa Fe.
            Businesses required to have a business license or business registration from the city of Santa Fe and nonprofit organizations shall pay the minimum wage to their workers for all hours worked within the city of Santa Fe that month.

        Additional Information

        For more information, you can download the following documents or contact Constituent Services
        by email at Constituent Services, or by phone at (505) 955-6949.


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    •  Times have changed that have made (9+ / 0-)

      these jobs go from after school and weekend jobs for teens to jobs for people with families.  You rarely see teens doing working in fast food these days.  Many good paying manufacturing, labor intensive, and entry level jobs do not exist anymore.  The USA has become more "service" oriented and these jobs can not be outsourced easily.  We need to raise minimum wage to a living wage where you don't need to get public assistance because all of us are paying for it and these companies get refunds instead of paying taxes.  

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