Henry Ford’s $5 day was introduced on January 5th 1914. The $5 day was a form of shock capitalism that was good for everyone. Ford sought to reduce labour turnover in his plants and by upping wages he got that and a whole new swathe of the population that could afford to buy the product they were helping manufacture. The $5 day was controversial for its apparent generosity to workers even though it was rooted in Ford’s sense of selfish self-interest. Either way, it represented real progress for working people. Yet, a century later in an age of renewed struggle for living wages few seem to remember the $5 day.
This day in labor history: January 5, 1914
Seeing the fast food workers taking action to secure living wages in America over the last few years has been really great.
Cities that could see minimum wage raises in 2015
What a heartwarming piece: several casino workers describe how raises will make their lives easier. Happy new year.
What happens when low wage workers suddenly get a living wage?
Poverty occurs when people don’t have enough money. This video from an American left/labour think-tank points out that maybe we think poverty is far more complex, mysterious and unresolvable than it is.
A town each in Canada, Scotland and New Zealand share the name Hamilton. On poverty and wages they appear to speak the same language. Minimum wages are not enough in these places to fully participate in life and keep individuals healthy through proper housing and living conditions. Those participating in this internet discussion, recorded this afternoon, explain their take on living wages as the preferred approach to pulling people who work out of poverty.
3 Hamiltons meet to discuss their living wage efforts
Now this is the kind of headline we like to read…
Denmark’s McDonald’s workers aren’t demanding $15 an hour—because they’re already making $20
image: via Wikimedia Commons
When Parliament resumes the NDP intend to propose a minimum wage law for federal employees designed to bring working people out of poverty. Great to see a major politician advocating for economic justice. Especially right after the Tories ratified a nightmare of a trade agreement with China that gives away the shop.
Stephen Harper sells Canada: China can secretly sue to repeal Canadian laws
See also: (581) Minimum wage up one penny since 1975
image: Brooke Novak via Flickr/CC
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Meet the woman behind Ikea’s living wage calculator
marketplace.org – audio 5:43
See also: (476) Calculating a living wage
image: Bubba73 via Wikimedia Commons
Crap wages appear to be driving people clean out of the economy in Britain. Such is the finding after an examination of precarious and low income workers done for UNITE.
First ever poll of minimum wage workers confirms poverty pay pricing people out of the economy unitetheunion.org
Minimum wage survey 28-page .pdf file