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my youth and working for minimum wage

i am 63 now and have been on social security disability since 1990 and unable to work. before then there are many many many minimum wage jobs i held. i had 2 or 3 good jobs with benefits before attending graduate school and obtaining my MFA Design/Art, ...


I have a high-functioning , special needs daughter, who is 22 years old and despite the fact that she has worked & kept 2 jobs for over 2 1/2 years (one in a retail store & one at a grocery store) she does not make enough money to support herself. Her ...


there is no such thing as retirement ..... one works in one occupation or another to make ends meet
—Diana E. Peláez RiveraWI


I'm a concerned mother of two in a family that relies on hunting for meat. I am not opposed to guns. But let's have some common sense!

I hate retail!

I am 59 y.o. and have worked in retail for the last 12 years. Ten years previously I was a full-time stay-at-home mom. I received my bachelor's in business management in May 2011. I have been looking for a full-time office job since 2002. I thought once ...

stay at home mom, so husband works two jobs

With my little one being so young and day care is so expensive. I have to be a stay at home mom and since my family relied on my wages, my husband who barely makes over minimum wage at his first job, now has to work two jobs for us to survive. If my husbands ...

Making a living on

When you are hired in a job where you potentially get tips, an employer isn't required to pay minimum wage due to tips. I worked as a waitress and my hourly wage was $4.25 an hour. This was back in the 90's and it's still the same. A full time job ...

We Must Raise The Minimum Wagei

We raised six children....all University graduates ...& we see that even with higher education...many people are struggling with the low income of minimum wage.
—William & RuthFL

Equal pay

I work a lot of hours to get just 200.00 in 2 weeks, still not enough!

Not My Story but I do My Homework

Anyone who works a 40 hour week should not be living in poverty. Even the $10.50, that Obama suggested, is far below what it should be to keep up with inflation. As opposed to what Republicans say, it will not hurt job growth. It actually helps. When ...


I have worked as a waitress with my base pay at $2.01 per hr. (& that was in the late 80's) & now it's at a whopping $2.13 per hour before tips? You've got to be kidding me! (Maybe I ought to put in here that I was fired while on maternity leave (my boss ...

Get with it

I am retired. But it is very clear from numerous reports that the present minimum wage is not one that a person can live on. Time to get on with making it possible for folks in the lower levels of our population to survive with some dignity and full stomachs-but ...



Seeing the suffering causes me to suffer.

From the days of my youth I watched my grandpa and grandma work for minimum wages and less. My grandpa worked for minimum wage until he retired. He folded boxes for a living. My grandma scrubbed floors and cleaned toilets for $40 a day. Watching their ...

Minimum wage's original intent

The minimum wage was intended for high school students still living with their parents when I received it, 1958-60. It was never intended to support a family.


My wife worked 24 years with the same company, rising to $5 above min. wage in the last years. She had paid medical, dental, and eye coverage, plus profit sharing and vacation/sick pay. When the recession dug in (coupled with the lack of CA protections ...
—S. C.CA

Minimum wages are necessary

Please require the greedy companies to

raise the minimum pay to a livable

level. I've seen how people are suffering.


Single mother

I am A single mother , workinf 48-53 hrs a wk . I make barely enuff to cover my bills, If the mimimum wage was higher then people like me could afford luxury items , like .. FOOD!! CLOTHING FOR MY KIDS,, Please consider us hard working people who are ...


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I own a Small Business

We have owned a small business for 23 years and we DO NOT PAY MINIMUM WAGE. Mainly because no one can exist on it and pay bills.

I would like to see the Walmarts and Home Depots of the nation have to pay $10 minimum wage to full time workers, and more ...

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