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 Raising the minimum wage helps, doesn't hurt

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MessageSujet: Raising the minimum wage helps, doesn't hurt   Sam 25 Juil 2009 - 5:49

Raising the minimum wage helps, doesn't hurt

By Dr. Boyce Watkins
9:00 AM on 07/24/2009

I am a curious professor, a compassionate capitalist and the owner of a small business. All of these hats create a complex perspective on whether or not it is a good idea to increase the minimum wage. After all, we are in a recession, and one might be tempted to argue that any sort of pay increase would slow down our nation's economic recovery, eliminate jobs, and significantly reduce corporate profitability.

Sorry to burst those bubbles, but the data don't validate most of the above concerns.

First of all, the minimum wage was introduced during the Great Depression, the mother of all economic downturns. The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 was designed to ensure that the most vulnerable Americans were no longer going to be exploited by the power of big business. The Great Depression came to an end shortly thereafter, and there is no evidence that it slowed down the economic recovery in any significant way.

Secondly, the budgetary implications of minimum wage increases are not very large. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 2 percent of all men and 3.6 percent of all women currently earn the minimum wage. But while the impact on our national budget is small, the gains for those affected are tremendous: there are nearly 5 million children in families who earn the minimum wage, and nearly all of these children are going to have better lives in the advent of an increase.

Third, the impact of a minimum wage increase is further minimized by the fact that 18 states and the District of Columbia have already implemented a minimum wage that matches the $7.25 per hour being offered in the current federal adjustment. Additionally, another 9 states had a minimum wage that exceeded the previous rate of $6.55 an hour. So, the truth is that the minimum wage is simply not worth fighting over from a political standpoint, since most states realized that the federal minimum wage was already too low.

Finally, the massive job losses some expect due to a minimum wage increase are simply non-existent. Even in the restaurant industry, which employs a disproportionate number of minimum wage earners, 76% of all restaurants did not cut jobs as a result of the last increase. The 2008 Survey of the National Restaurant Association also revealed that 74% of all restaurants did not put off hiring new workers. So, in spite of the fact that a few jobs might be lost, there appears to be a net wealth benefit for low wage earners.

The bottom line is that the minimum wage is more of an issue of advocacy. If you advocate for women, children, minorities and the poor, you are going to support most minimum wage increases. When it comes to the least privileged members of our society, trickle-down economics simply does not work.
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MessageSujet: Re: Raising the minimum wage helps, doesn't hurt   Sam 25 Juil 2009 - 9:11

Anpil aktivist, ekonomist e lot moun ki konserne we zafe saler minimum nan kankou yon reparation kont injistis sosyal nan peyi d’Ayiti. Komm yon point de depart, yon baz pou libere malere kap lite pou yon saler desan e plizoumwen akseptab pou yo viv nan peyi a..

Nou ratache fenomenn “Restavek la a l’esklavaj paske timoun sa yo pa touche yon saler pou tout tan ke yo fe ap bourike. Yo selman jwen yon ti kote ate pou yo domi, e yon ti manje pou yo manje. Pou ayisyen sa yo ki diferans ki gennyen ant avan 1804 e konnyen la 2009???
Anyen pa chanje pou yo !!
Yap reviv memm fenomemm esklavaj nan champs kann ke granpapa yo te viv la.

Pou rezoud zafe fenomemm restavek la fok Leta etabli yon saler minimum

Fok gen sevis sosyal ki la pou passe nan tout kay pou we si gen restavek, si yo manje, si yo domi, e si yo touche pou travay yo.

Si met kay la vle retire prix manje ak domi an sou saler la se tre byen di moman ke restavek la gen yon kob nan men li ki rele’l chemet, chemetress. Yon pouvwa d’achat ki kap pemet li soti nan l’esklavaj ke li ye a.

Si se pa sa, malere sa yo ap fosse fe memm bagay ke granpapa yo te oblije fe an 1804, koupe tet !! boule kay !! oubyen fout anpwazonne tout met kay.

Peye yon malere pou foss travay li pap vreman elimine fenomemm restavek la, men lat montre ke moun pa travay gratis anko.

Fok se gouvenman ki pou pran swen de pep li e montre ke pep ayisyen pa manje biskwit laboue anko.

Yon peyi kankou Ayiti ki toujou ap vante tet yo kom premye peyi nwa indepandan ki pran libete yo anba l’esklavaj pa montre okenn dillijans pou radike fenomemm restavek la ki limemm se yon fom d’esklavaj.

Gen neg sou forum nan ki di ke yo touche $100.00/par heur pou sevis konsiltan aloske memm neg sa yo kont zafe peye yon malere $5.00/pa jou pou 10 ze travay.
Yap konpare le USA avek Ayiti aloske USA gen gouvenman federal ki la pou proteje travaye yo kont explwatasyon malonet.
Anplis de sa, chak Eta nan USA gen saler minimum yo ki pafwa pli eleve ke saler minimum Federal la.
Yon moun kap ale de Eta e yon lot Eta e touche plis ou mwen lajan sa depan de si kote a prodiktif.

An Ayiti tou nou jwen 2 e 3 indistryel konsekan ki peye travaye yo jiska $10.00 dolla + pa jou e memm offri overtime le bagay yo bon.

Nou ta souwete ke rest indistryel nan peyi a swiv exzanpt mesye sa yo olye ke yap kontinye intimide e blackmail gouvenman sou pretex ke yo pral voye mwatye fos travaye yo sou beton si Leta passe saler minimum nan a $5.00 pou 10ze tan travay.

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