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Originally posted to Comics on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 02:50 PM PST.

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  •  15. that's it. no less. n/t (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    psnyder, newpioneer, annieli, PSzymeczek

    "Daddy, every time a bell rings, a Randian Libertaria­n picks up his Pan Am tickets for the Libertaria­n Paradise of West Dakota!"

    by unclebucky on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 03:49:58 PM PST

  •  What difference would a nearly 40% increase make? (6+ / 0-)

    Really, those elephants need to learn basic arithmetic, not to mention figure out how to develop hearts.

    Marx was an optimist.

    by psnyder on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 04:06:17 PM PST

    •  Communism (0+ / 0-)

      He was also a communist, and based on historical events communism does not really work out all to well. Unless you are into that whole over controlling oppressive government thing. Oh, and remember that the whole reason America was created was to escape an absolutist form of government.

  •  If it makes so little difference (6+ / 0-)

    Why a panicky campaign to stop it?   That's what I always wonder. What difference?  

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 04:47:55 PM PST

  •  It isn't enough to raise the minimum wage (1+ / 0-)
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    PSzymeczek

    We must also find a way to stop inflation. CEO's and companies will raise prices to keep CEO wages higher when the minimum wage goes up. It's what they do.

    Unless we stop that cycle, raising the minimum wage will increase the cost of living.

  •  I work, two distinctly separate jobs. (0+ / 0-)

    Job 1: I farm.  

    There's no economics of scale at my size.
    Too few acres to justify the expense of H2-A migrant worker documentation, plus the need to provide housing, transportation, etc...

    So, per State Law, I must pay the prevailing/minimum wage, to US citizen workers, plus workmen's compensation based on $43,000 in annual salary.  
    If you make $14,500 over the season?
    I still pay as-if you're making $43,000 - as that's where the state sets "prevailing wage".
    I'd love to make $43,000 per year as the owner, working the full year, 7 days a week.  Of course, you the consumer needs to have food that costs less, is farmed locally, follows the National Organic Program, and is... oh, yeah.  
    CHEAPER TO PURCHASE than at the grocery store.
    "It's not like you have you know, a big store and like a bunch of trucks and stuff."

    More of your income should be available for the important things in life:
    Beverages, fashion wear, recreational vehicles, and electronic amusements.  

    Fact: You can't be seen without that $75 59FIFTY cap, and I shouldn't be hatin' on your lifestyle, while being told I should work for 11¢ per hour.
    I've done the math: it's all about you, and that's a Fact.

    Job 2: I work for another company, managing back-end logistics.  They have retail store locations, with two to six employees per location; a warehouse, a central office, and a small production crew.
    Weekly payroll:  $10,000 as that's all the average week in retail sales will generate, after overhead expenses.

    Sales staff is salary (minimum wage) plus 2% commission.
    Production staff is hired at minimum wage, and top pay is about double.

    Fact:  $10,000 is the most cash available for wages.
    On-average, that means there's 1000 man-hours available per week.
    If minimum wage goes up $2 per hour, the average man-hours will drop to 800 per week.  Fact.
    The other option is to take $2 per hour away from the senior employees, who are non-commission, and have endured years of 50¢ "raises".

    Or... we could be one big happy family:

    Everyone's now paid the New! Higher! Federal Minimum wage, and all of you are now working a maximum of 26.5 hours per week.
    "I'll expect the same great customer experience which is our hallmark, from each and every one of you."  While management pockets the difference.  
    It's the WalMart way, the McDonalds way, the Target way, and very likely our way soon.

    Or say fuck it.  
    Go down to two owned locations, eliminating leases.
    Reduce payroll to 11 employees and two owners, and let the rest hope for extended benefits.  Fact.
    There isn't the cash available to do otherwise.
    Fact.
    Economic recovery my ass.

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