A new poll states that the above proposal is showing 75% of Americans, including 53% of Republicans, support raising the minimum wage to $12.50/hour by 2020. The Poll, conducted by Hart Research Associates on behalf of the National Employment Law Project, also showed 71% support increasing the tipped minimum wage so that all workers would be guaranteed the same wage floor, and 82% support for automatic annual adjustments to the minimum wage. In addition, the poll showed 67% support for an even greater increase in the federal minimum wage to $15.00/hour by 2020.
There are a myriad number of groups supporting this increase and the poll also shows that support for this increase is overwhelming throughout the United States….in every region of the country and in ‘red’ states and ‘blue’ states alike. At least 7 in 10 Americans support a proposed raise to $12.50/hour by 2020.
This proposed increase would be phased in with annual increases of $1.05/year over five (5) years so that the current federal minimum wage of $7.25/hour (I cannot believe that some people actually fight an increase of the minimum wage) would be raised to $12.50/hour by 2020, with automatic indexing adjustments (a form of Cost of Living adjustments) each year thereafter.
So, what this poll basically says is that Americans, regardless of political persuasion, region of the country, socioeconomic status, actually favor a ‘real’ increase in the federal minimum wage. The American people are far ahead of our legislatures on this one; we have been watching Congress do nothing or argue against an increase for one reason or another while the average American has seen cities and states ‘seriously’ raise pay while continuing to thrive economically….and I believe, they want Washington to do the same.
As you may have garnered from reading my other BLOGS….no love is lost between me and a business owner whose main objective in life is to line their pockets….I truly believe that it is a give and take….no matter what the economic climate….if a business owner is doing well and the economy falls backward…they could/should have prepared for it by reigning in during the ‘fall’ or maintaining great credit so that there were/are options for them…the employee should not feel the ‘brunt’ of the owner’s failure….
However, if the product line is limited, if the business is in a true start-up mode, if there is an agreement ahead of time for starting individuals at a lower wage and offering increases once the business moves forward (this entails transparency, which, firsthand experience shows that small businesses, generally, do not like)….then, I am comfortable with and accepting of maintaining a ‘lower wage’ for a limited period of time….I can’t bring myself to write that I even remotely think $7.25/hour is a wage that a ‘poop scooper’ (yes, I know someone that ‘scoops’ poop in yards for people that have dogs) should accept….
….it is not just the small business owner…it is the major corporations that pay their employees low wages because it is more important to the corporation to make money for their shareholders than to HELP insure that their employees are not living in the welfare lane…didn’t Boeing workers just sign a contract with major concessions….basic wages are around $70,000/year with some individuals making over $100,000/year….sounds like a good (Great!) wage but when you look at what the CEO of Boeing made last year….I think it was $13.3 million with receipts of over $65 million for the last five (5) years….there is a reason that workers fight for better pay….I understand that the CEO of Boeing has a fantastic benefit package with a pension that can support a small municipality….
OK, so getting back to the minimum wage….to be fair…there are websites that advocate an increase to the minimum wage….raisetheminimumwage.com and there are websites that have contrary opinions with valid reasons for eliminating a minimum wage or at least maintaining status quo…www.minimumwage.com You have a choice and I would recommend looking at both of them to obtain a clear picture as to what is best for the overall economy….
I’ve been able to craft compensation packages for businesses that include all employees with an eye to the bottom line of the business with significant results…if you are interested in taking a look at your compensation plan in light of insuring that all your employees earn a ‘living wage’, please contact me, Rosanne Bennett at 484-798-1236 or firstname.lastname@example.org