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The Sub-Subminimum Wage: Is It Legal to Pay $2 an Hour? - Working In These Times

The Sub-Subminimum Wage: Is It Legal to Pay $2 an Hour? - Working In These Times | Two Jobs and Counting | Scoop.it
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This article is interesting because it shows how a huge company can evade paying minimum wage. Workers for CrowdFlower were sometimes paid $2 an hour and this company employs more people than any other company.

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Reasons for raising the minimum wage - Shreveport Times

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Reasons for raising the minimum wage
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The notion that minimum wage must be a living wage is subjective (progressives for, conservatives against).
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This article is very helpful and provides a good response to those who don't think that raising the minimum wage is a good idea. It uses statistics and research to support raising minimum wage and cites the sources. By citing the sources used, this article is a great place to start researching.

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In New York, Having a Job, or 2, Doesn’t Mean Having a Home

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Affordable-housing advocates say the homeless work force is proof of the widening gap between wages and rents and the difficulty in escaping the shelter system.
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This article, while about New York residents, is applicable to members of the working class all over the country. Even in one of the most livable cities in America (Pittsburgh) many minimum wage earners work two jobs to pay rent and buy food.

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Minimum Wage Workers

Observations on the job

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In my experience working as a Walmart associate, a waitress, a "sandwich artist", and an office assistant I have noticed that minimum wage earners are often very grateful for their jobs. They have an interesting mentality that prevents them from seeking an improved employment situation. These workers believe that they are lucky to have gotten the position that they have. It's not that they don't feel like they deserve it. They just think that if they are having trouble paying bills and buying groceries it must be even more difficult for lower class people to do it. But are these workers the real middle class as they tend to think? Or are they becoming the lower class? 

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U.S. Reckons With Impact of Shutdown

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Federal workers across the country braced for an uncertain financial future on Tuesday after Congress gave up hope of passing a budget in the face of Republican attacks on the new health care law.
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This is a very detailed article describing how the government shutdown is affecting civilians.

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Should we raise the Minimum Wage? - The Independent News

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Should we raise the Minimum Wage?
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Fast Food Strikes Go Viral: Workers Expected to Protest Low Wages in 35 Cities ... - TIME

Fast Food Strikes Go Viral: Workers Expected to Protest Low Wages in 35 Cities ... - TIME | Two Jobs and Counting | Scoop.it
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Recent history of the minimum wage - Los Angeles Times

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Recent history of the minimum wage
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Sources: U.S. Department of Labor, Times reporting. Note: Wage rates are as of Jan. 1 of each year except 1968 and 1972, for which the rates shown are as of February.
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Minimum Wage - News - Times Topics - The New York Times

Minimum Wage - News - Times Topics - The New York Times | Two Jobs and Counting | Scoop.it
News about minimum wage. Commentary and archival information about minimum wage from The New York Times.
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This the New York Times' page on topics related to minimum wage. It is helpful for accumulating news stories about minimum wage and it provides a day to day timeline of how raising minimum wage is progressing in congress.

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Raise federal minimum wage to $8 - MontereyHerald.com :

Raise federal minimum wage to $8 - MontereyHerald.com : | Two Jobs and Counting | Scoop.it
It makes sense in historical terms as well. Since the establishment of the federal poverty line in 1959, the average income from a full-time job at minimum wage has been two-thirds of that line for a family of four.
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This article proposes that the minimum wage be raised to $8 or $9 instead of jumping to where it should be immediatley. A sudden hike to $11 or $12 may have serious consequences for the unemployment rate in the U.S. so why not do a trial run in a way and raise it to $8? It is an interesting suggestion; doing something is better than doing nothing. But will it really make that much of a difference in the end?

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National minimum wage at lowest real value since 1968, workers barely above ... - The Pendulum

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National minimum wage at lowest real value since 1968, workers barely above ...
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This article puts minimum wage into perspective. It says that when compared to wages in 1968 minimum wage is significantly inadequate today. In 1968 it was $1.60 which would amount to $10.69 today if compensated for inflation. These statistics are informative and this article cites several provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Two Jobs and Counting

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The History of Minimum Wage
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This is my blog: Two Jobs and Counting. It's a work in progress

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Keeping the Poor Poor (Until They're Not) - American Thinker

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Keeping the Poor Poor (Until They're Not)
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Government data indicate that the U.S. remains far from winning the longest war in its history: the war on poverty.
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This article by Paul Ciarcia is very informative. He addresses critics who claim that it would more accurately describe poverty in the U.S. if we count welfare as income. He writes that this wouldn't change anything other than distracting from the truth. He supports his argument with helpful statistics on poverty in America.

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To Address Gender Gap, Is It Enough To Lean In? - New York Times

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To Address Gender Gap, Is It Enough To Lean In?
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A history of the minimum wage since 1938 - Economy

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The grey line shows the minimum wage, unadjusted for inflation, whereas the blue line shows you what it would be worth in 2012.

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt first created the minimum wage in 1938, it was 25 cents.
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