i think our congress should focus on more important matters at the moment
When I started my job in March '06 I was above the California minimum wage, but now with this increase it bumped me up to the higher $7.50. I am now at minimum wage, which sounds bad to me, but I still got that raise.
I'm a college student and need the flexiblity in hours, which this job provides me with. It's not a job for life, but it'll do for now.
Perhaps more effective and fair unions would do more than a minimum wage for the workers, what are your views?
The thing is, there's no need for a minimum wage because the market will do that for us. The supply and demand of labor will create a market equilibrium wage where both the employers and the employees will be content.
Instead of a minimum wage increase the government should force big companies like Wal-Mart to give health insurance to their employees.
Those are interesting points.
What about the situation with outsourcing jobs? It could be said that American workers are competing with low-wage workers in China/India/pick-a-country where labor laws aren't as strict as here in the States.
American corporations can't find people to do the jobs at a certain wage they can go to China or Vietnam to get the low-wage workers.
I'm against that for a couple reasons:
First, the American workers are losing jobs (our steel industry, for one, has been mostly sent to China)
Second, the labor practices of some of these countries aren't very humane in my opinion. Long hours, low pay, etc...
Laissez-faire is good when there are labor protections set up to keep the workforce's opportunity's equal that are fair for the businesses.