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What Does 'Minimum Wage' Mean to You?

Is a minimum wage salary for young adults grabbing a beer after work or for struggling families? Tell us.

The latest battle in the fight over a minimum wage salary isn't how much it should climb, but whether minimum wage workers need a raise at all.

In Virginia, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ed Gillespie claimed to a group of supporters earlier this week that a lot of minimum wage earners are first-time workers just learning to get to work on time.

"It’s where you learn the social aspects of work," Gillespie said in a YouTube video released by Democratic opponents. "It’s where you play on the work softball team or go out for a beer after work. You know, we want to foster that and incentive work in this country."

Gillespie argues increasing the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour would reduce the number of these first-time jobs.

What does the minimum wage mean to you? Tell us in the comments section below.

Last month, it was the private sector making headlines in the minimum wage debate, as Ikea announced it will increase its minimum wage based on MIT's Living Wage Calculator.

That would put the furniture store's average minimum wage at $10.76 an hour, but the company notes the minimum wage will go over $13 an hour in some markets, including at the store in Woodbridge, Va.

Rob Olson, Ikea’s acting president for the United States and its chief financial officer, said the move is about improving the lives of employees.

“We are of course investing in our co-workers," Olson told The New York Times. "We believe they will invest in our customers, and they will invest in Ikea’s stores." 

What does the minimum wage mean to you? Tell us in the comments section below.
Jody July 24, 2014 at 09:30 PM
Ska, you miss the point so often, it's not much use to try to educate you. Encouraging self-deportation is much more cost effective instead of the total encouragement and subsidization coming from this administration. The only thing I think we agreed on was the need for mandatory e-verify. My simple point was that with fewer low-skill workers, the US low-skill workers would be more in demand and employers would have to pay more to attract employees-- hence more money for our own poor. If the fed. "government" refuses to squeeze illegals out of our job market and wants to give people a raise irrespective of what an employer can pay, they could increase the EIC. This wouldn't penalize employers who can't afford to pay their employees more. Funny how the federal employees in the DC area get bonus pay for living in a high cost area when they cause the area to be high cost with their high fed. govt. wages in the first place. Those poor federal workers need their living wage though, right?
Jody July 24, 2014 at 09:33 PM
I wonder why Obama put the Census Bureau under the executive branch and away from Commerce Dept. authority? Misuse of power. Who knows what they're doing to any numbers. You saw their scheme to use the IRS to harass GOP donors and conservative 503(c) applicants. I wouldn't put anything past this Chicago-style corrupt administration.
Good Grief Y'all July 25, 2014 at 08:52 AM
TheSkalawag, Jody would consider supporting raising the minimum wage at any other time than now: ". . . raise the minimum wage (which at any other time I might consider). . . " And she also agrees with these statements: "See, those Republicans don't care about poor folks." and "See, those Republicans should have passed the Senate immigration bill." -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Finally, admission of facts from the right wing. ;)
Good Grief Y'all July 25, 2014 at 09:45 AM
Since 1903, the US Bureau of Census has been situated within the U.S. Department of Commerce, and its director is appointed by the President of the United States. The Secretary of Commerce is a member of the President's Cabinet, as head of one of the 15 executive departments of the executive branch of the federal government. Ummm, so the Census Bureau was already a division of the executive branch. You're referencing a right-wing flap dating from Feb. 2009, which was just more right-wing ado about little or nothing, Jody.


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