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.
How hard is thanksgiving dinner on minimum wage?
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.
Minimum wage hike does not kill jobs
Dispelling Minimum Wage Mythology. The Minimum Wage and the Impact on Jobs in Canada, 1983–2012
CCPA site – 26-page .pdf file
image: Toshihiro Oimashi 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.
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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
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Anti-poverty groups push for local living wage Windsor Star
Pretty much like they do everywhere else…
A push to give steadier shifts to part-timers New York Times
image: waiter wearing a mask in Taverne de Paris, St. Denis St., Montreal via Archives Canada
Recent findings from Statistics Canada indicate that minimum wage in 2013 dollars has risen over the last three decades by the face value of a now defunct copper coin. So, this means we can stop researching and debating the minimum wage and put it up to fourteen or fifteen bucks per hour immediately, right?
A couple of postings on this blog have been to material about the way poverty dumbs us down. That great wealth and success sharpens the mind is demonstrated by this item on Politico who’s author has figured out that social disruption may be just around the corner. By applying the forward vision that powered his entrepreneurial success to American inequality, and by extension the social landscape of most of the western world, Nick Hanauer has confirmed for us that something is going very wrong indeed. What he sees doesn’t comfort him and we applaud Hanauer’s honesty. Eventually the zillionaire class he refers to will have to decide that even their most selfish self interest is just not served by mass social difficulty. Let’s hope they get this memo, those zillionaires. One of the most interesting things we’ve read all year…
image: Space Needle, Seattle, WA by Shannon Lucas via Wikimedia Commons