Housing became decoupled from wages some time ago. Less considered but just as problematic is the relationship between wages and a reasonable level of physical and emotional effort. An economics and personal finance journo gives some thought to whether hard work is really enough. Breaking down the ‘minimum wage work ethic’ mirandmarquit.com
No matter how fractured our collective political lives become most of us would still tend to agree that preventing premature death by any cause is a good idea. Recent data from the United States should therefore interest all of us, regardless of how entrenched in total ideology or total indifference.
We love maps at suburban-poverty.com. And we have a soft spot for minimum wage workers. Then on top of that we know our way around a turkey dinner, even if we eat ours early – on Canadian Thanksgiving – which was, like, weeks ago. Anyway, the map with this article shows you how much toil a minimum wage earner has to take on to produce a turkey dinner by state. Six to seven hours. Probably not far off what you’d have to do for the same meal in Canada.
A little good news for the bottom and middle of the economy, where most of us are, really. Various circuses from northern Iraq and Ferguson, Missouri to the CBC/Ghomeshi thing seem to have obscured the third reading of Bill 18.
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.