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Families Need

You have already cut SNAP, raise the minimum wage so that these families affected by the cut to their SNAP benefits, will be able to feed their family. Yes, they can go to food banks, which also have lower donations, but they pay taxes in their jobs, ...

Let's go back in time

In the 50's, while I was a graduate student, I would some time have to get summer jobs. I worked for the American Can Company in Seattle and made 75 cents an hour. In today's dollars, it is more than the current minimal wage.

19 years of service - now below minimum wage

My brother has delivered pizza for Domino's for over 19 years continuously, at the same outlet in the mid-Atlantic region. His wages are less than the minimum wage, because of the sub-minimum tipped wage category.

He provides his own vehicle and ...

—Steve CA

Give then a chance!!

Everyone needs a chance at making something of themselves and helping to become successful in life. Working for wages that are so low that you can't pay your bills and provide for you family are unbelievable, and UN- American. We live in a country where ...

Throughout my life

I have had the same relationship to capital as the 99%; low wages when I was able to have paid labor; denigration of my position no matter what work it was - keeping me 'in line'; insistence that 'this is how it's s'pozed to be'.

I have worked all my ...

—Norma J F CA

To Insure Prompt Service

I worked for waitress minimum wage plus tips for 12 years, in high school, college and after college, when I couldn't find other work. I think my base pay was less than $3/hour, which meant I really relied on the kindness of strangers and their tips to ...

My children

Both college graduates my children work for minimum wage in cooporate environments, Barns and Noble, and Living Well Fitness, Neither of them receives benefits. The money is not enough to pay the rent , utilities and groceries. They are young but they ...

Low Minimum Wage Means we Subsidize Big Business with Tax Dollars

Here's the way this works plain and simple:

Big Businesses like Wal-Mart, McDonalds, Burger King, etc, etc. typically pay their people MINIMUM WAGE.

M.W. is not a LIVING WAGE! No one can survive on this alone, especially with a family. Therefore these ...


Many Disabled Persons Work for Pennies Per Hour

The so called Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 allows companies, including federal

contractors to pay disabled workers less than the minimum wage. This is an outrage!

When the minimum wage is raised, as it must be, DISABLED WORKERS MUST BE INCLUDED ...


Real inflation is much higher than reported

Did you know definition of CPI changed twice since 1980 and no longer reflects reality?  T he pre-1980 CPI in 2013 was TEN PERCENT!  And yet the increase in social security checks and many peoples wages in 2013 was like 1.5%.  SS and wages need to ...

You are punished everyday in everyway.

You work very hard, but if not enough you are fired, if you don't make everyone happy all the time you are fired. Those you serve, those you work for making them the big checks. You can't pay your bills, your credit is damaged you can't buy or rent ...

Opportunity in 1973

I was just out of college in 1973. I had a teaching job lined up in Yuma, AZ. There was no opportunity for summer work where I grew up in Iowa, so I moved to Yuma right after college. I worked at two minimum wage jobs during the summer until August ...

Minimum Wage

I am 38 an a full-time college student. I was working 2 part-time jobs until the bakery I was working at closed. Now, I am working through my college's work study program. I get paid 7.25 an hour, and I'm only allowed 20 hours a week. It's very difficult ...


no story

the day

Hour 1, mainly set-up, no customers. I made less this hour than it took me to get to work.

Hour 2, early birds. Old ladies on a pension, no extras for tips. They don't believe it isn't optional, and I can't mention a thing.

Hours 3 and 4, the rush, ...


lifetime of minimum wage pay

Ever since I was sixteen I have had a job and every job I have had except one I was paid minimum wage. I have never been paid more than the minimum allowed by the law. The only time was when I worked for a Burger King restaurant where the owner started ...

raise spouses minimum wage

my spouse's wage is so low our power is constantly being shut.

still hard to survive

when I was in my twenties I worked at a chambermaid and waitress for $0.85/hr. plus tips. on evening shift we had 1 hr of clean up with no tips. I tried to get others to go with me to talk ot management but they were afraid 0f losing their jobs. so ...
—Jane CA

'''''''''''''''dependent, but not really a child.

I worked as a dishwasher & had to have my parents help me.

I also cleaned houses . two jobs were

not enough to be independent, so I was realy blest to have parents who coould help a little.

—Barbara WA

Children of working poor

I am a Head start teacher, working with children and families for four years. Although i am not a minimum wage earner, i joke about how now that I am a lead teacher I am finally back to earning what I earned 10 years ago.

Many of our families have come ...

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