Facebook Demanding $15-An-Hour Pay For Contractors, Shows How Behind Democrats Are (Again)

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I’m not here to give too much of a wet-kiss to Facebook, which, to my way of thinking, plays a misleading game about its “social networking” process (i.e., its algorithm requires that you basically have to buy ads to actually move content to your own “Friends”). That said, today, at least it gets credit for pushing at least some pay standards higher–and showing, yet again, how Democrats are pathetically behind the energy in the streets on pay.

Hold Applause Pls: Wal-Mart Wages Still Poverty Level, Tho Underscores Sad Dems Minimum Wage Prop

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The problem with press releases and economic gorilla dust is no one bothers to do the math. So, Wal-Mart will get a lot of hugs and free good press from announcing that it will raises workers’ wages–but the truth is it’s still a sham. People working for Wal-Mart will still live in poverty. The only positive part of the announcement–though unintended–is how Wal-Mart’s announcement shows how pathetic the pre-election (is it even still on the agenda?) White House-Democratic Party’s signature minimum wage proposal is.

$10.10-An Hour Minimum Wage Campaign Is A REALLY Bad Idea

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The campaign for a $10.10 federal minimum wage, championed by the president, Democrats in Congress and a whole raft of “liberal/progressive” organizations, is a very bad idea.

To be clear, I’m not arguing it’s too ambitious. The opposite: what we need is a campaign, now, today, for a minimum wage of $20-an-hour. Anything less is a failure to confront poverty in America and a bankrupt economic system.

$10.10-an-hour will not allow people to make a fair living, or challenge the basic, “We-make-profits-thanks-to-poverty” system that underpins today’s real world economy.

Anything short of $20-a-hour is a capitulation to the most narrow politics, particularly on the part of so-called “liberals/progressives” who are, unintentionally, locking into place deep poverty in America and ratifying the basic principle of the so-called “free market”.

And $20-an-hour actually relates to real life after you look at a very complicated idea: simple math.

Bold But Moderate

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It’s nice to see a really big leap forward. That would be the vote in Seattle to hike the minimum wage to $15 per hour, though phased in over 3-7 years. But, let’s be clear this only the beginning: bold, but moderate.

Fast Food Workers Protests Go Global

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In a way, this is not surprise: poverty is poverty, whether you work in a McDonald’s in Paris or one in New York City. But, what is nice to see is some labor coordination across borders–something that usually is talked about a lot but rarely done effectively.

Businessman: Raising Minimum Wage is “an existential threat to the business model” he uses

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Workers are just human fodder, who just gum up the works and get in the way of the dreams of some tin-pot “small business” owner, just a glorified term for a guy running a restaurant. That’s the view of a low life who is whining about the proposal to raise the minimum wage for waiters, a minimum wage that was set much lower than the minimum wage for everyone else because of the power of the restaurant lobby. And it’s indicative of the philosophy underlying the opposition to hiking the minimum wage (a very meek and mild proposal, as an aside).

It’s Not Wage Stagnation, It’s Wage Robbery

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You take for granted that the malevolent Koch Brother billionaires and FOX will go all out to keep robbing workers. That’s just what they do. But, a much more pernicious danger undercutting workers is the inaccurate way in which the traditional “liberal” media and a whole raft of politicians describe what has happened to wages. It’s typically referred to as “wage stagnation”. That is false: it’s wage robbery.

BREAKING: $15-An-Hour Minimum Wage WIDENS LEAD! Likely To Win (UPDATE#3)

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Within the past hour, the newest ballot total count shows the $15-an-hour minimum wage SeaTac initiative has WIDENED its lead — to 53 votes from just 19 a day before, which was a lead that had shrunk — a nice reversal from yesterday’s narrowed vote. And, in my estimation, this means the initiative will now likely come out on top at the end of the count.

$15-An-Hour Minimum Wage: Thisclose, 19-Vote Lead (UPDATE #2)

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With about 250-300 ballots left to count, the ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage to $15-an-hour in the city of SeaTac is leading by just 19 votes. It’s lost a bit of ground since Tuesday’s lead of 43 votes. But, win or lose, it could set a different standard for the debate around the minimum wage.

Why Minimum Wage Gambit Smells Like Obamacare

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The lowering of expectations. The willingness to let people wallow in poverty and be bankrupted by big corporations because of the lack of courage in political leaders. That is what I would argue is the conclusion from the president’s minimum wage rhetoric, which is pretty much health care all over again.

Big Progressive Win…The SeaTac Minimum Wage

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Fabulous to see my old comrade from back in the first David Dinkins campaign become the next mayor of NYC. I think he’ll do very cool things. But, I’m even more thrilled to see a significant victory out West — a serious hike in the minimum wage. Can you say $15 an hour?

No Zits Here

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Ah, The corporate bag of rhetorical nonsense. The gift that keeps giving. As in, we get to starve people by impoverishing them when they work for us because actually we’re such good people — we give jobs to teenagers. You’ve probably heard of that argument by the fast-food industry…hey, you may have gotten that loud of bullshit yourself when you had one of those jobs. But, it is bullshit.

Raise the Poverty Wage

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For a very long time, I’ve pointed out the moral outrage of the so-called “minimum wage”, so-called because it is really a poverty wage, not a minimum wage. Minimum wage gives the impression that it is the minimum a person can live on. But, you can’t live on that wage. That’s where a hike in the poverty wage is welcome, even if it is still not enough.

Nobody Really Talks The Truth On Jobs

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It’s not surprising that a growing number of workers around the globe are losing faith in political leaders. After all, the economic debate often seems completely divorced from the realities of workers’ lives, whether it’s blaming workers for national budget squeezes actually caused by bankers or CEOs imposing mass layoffs to cover up obscene executive compensation at the heart of bottom-line revenue shortfalls. The debate in the United States is a good example.

Krueger and The Minimum Wage

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   Something positive to look forward to today: President Barack Obama on Monday will announce he has chosen Princeton University labor economist Alan Krueger to become the top White House …