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Minimum Wage

July 26, 2013

Dear Editor, First, the Government should not have any say on minimum wage negotiations. That is up to the Unions, whether you’re for or against unions is another story....

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Aug-04-13 7:56 PM

The "good" employees are treated like crap and the "bad" ones are catered too.

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Aug-04-13 7:50 PM

I hate to say this but most companies don't care about the employee who has strong work ethnics. I had my annual evaluation, I was given a $0.26 raise. A month after that I received a letter and was told I will be making X amount a hour. So I double checked to see how much more I would be making. It turned out to be a whopping $0.01 more. This penny raise was due to a raise in the base pay for my job. For the ones who will have their annual elevation after this will now be making more then myself. Even though I have more time in. The best part we have a person who has been complained about not knowing her job and posing a safety hazard from every one who has worked with her. She is now full time, even though the rest of us are "part-time". What the rest of us are now doing is not telling her what to do. After a year she should know what to do. This is also what I have heard about other companies as well.

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Jul-29-13 8:18 AM

"Obviously not a business owner, or a very poor one if he was."

He said that he has a background working in unions.

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Jul-27-13 10:36 AM

Dubedit, Too dumb.?...some are not as fortunate as some of us . Count your blessings,help others and remember one size does not fit all. .Relax

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Jul-27-13 8:53 AM

Hey, dolts! The MINIMUM wage was never intended to be a family-supporting wage. It was -- and is -- a PART-TIME or ENTRY LEVEL wage. If you're too dumb to be worth more -- or if, as many do, you CHOOSE one of those jobs because you want to work part-time, etc. -- then, fine. But if you pay $12.50/hour, then you're going to charge $4/gallon for gasoline, $2.50 for the "dollar menu" fast food items, etc.

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Jul-27-13 8:40 AM

by taking away 10% of what they now get every six months until in five years they get nothing, then I'll bet they'll be happy to work to support themselves.

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Jul-27-13 8:38 AM

It's not the hourly wage that is difficult for businesses (like mine), it's all the extra costs we have to incur such as workers comp insurance, general liability insurance, health care costs, matching funds into Social Security and medicare, the retainage of attorneys for possible litigation and/or frivolous lawsuits, etc. These costs we bear can easily add upwards of 30 and 40% to our costs. These expenses are the driving force as to why businesses go overseas. it would be far less expensive for me (as a business owner)to just hire workers through one of the 11 or so H-1 visa programs whereby foreign workers can come into this country and work. I could eliminate all kinds of costs, but of course that would mean putting more Americans (and my employees) out of work. Forget the minimum wage crap, people who want to work will work and people who don't will seek support from the ones working via government handouts. Want to fix the problem, then wean people off government handouts

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Jul-26-13 3:41 PM

Just to help Carl with his math and put it in a context that may enlighten him. A 66.5% increase in the gas price at todays retails would increase the price of regular unleaded by $2.43 per gallon to $6.09 per gallon. Still want the $12.50 minimum wage Carl?

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Jul-26-13 3:29 PM

So following Carl's logic he is willing to pay up to 66.5% more for goods and services he needs in order to pay some people what he considers a living wage. That's the difference he is citing between $12.50 per hour and $7.50 per hour. Obviously not a business owner, or a very poor one if he was. I say was because I'm sure he's out of business now! WOW! They are out there and they vote! God help us.

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Jul-26-13 3:23 PM

Raising the minimum wage is one of the factors that has caused the economy to decline. Here is what happened, Clinton jumped the minimum wage while in office, the cost of everything went up as a result. However the pay of the middle class did not increase enough to equal the rate of inflation. Basically raising minimum wage brought the middle class down. Today under Obama we see all these social programs being added and costing employers money, who then increase the cost of what you buy. Once again no wage increase for the middle class. You want to fix the economy stop the social programs and fix middle class wages.

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Jul-26-13 1:03 PM

It is not the lower pay that keeps people from going to work. It is the ethics with which they were raised. If they were taught that life just hands you what you want/need, then they will not work. I deal with this every day at work. The answer is to get Uncle Sugar out of the SOCIALISM business and back to a free enterprise system. I hear it all the time: "why should I work when the gov't is going to pick up the slack anyway?" NOTE: for every ONE job created by BO's economic recovery plan, SEVENTY-FIVE people went on food stamps. Now 1 in 6 Americans are getting food handouts. I'd wager that the number wouldn't be that high if they received gov't surplus cheese and milk as in the 60's. But today you can get steaks and Oreos courtesy if the taxpayer (or in reality, more gov't debt). Why work, indeed? Socialism IS going to kill our nation.

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Jul-26-13 9:50 AM

The dirty little secret as to why unions push for higher minimum wage is, that most their contracts are tied to minimum wage, that they will be a percentage higher. Raising minimum wage only leads to higher cost for all. Hurting mainly the lower paid worker the most, due to the fact the majority of the items they purchase are directly effected by the wages of these minimun wage earners, eg Walmart, Mcdonalds grocery stores, ect.

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Jul-26-13 9:39 AM

here's an example Carl.

Let's say YOU own one Subway franchise.

You clear $50,000 a year.

You employee 2.5 FTEs (full time equivalents) at $7.50 an hour.

If you have to pay them $12.50 an hour.

Now you bring home $18,720 or $7.50 but at least your employees are happy.

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Jul-26-13 8:47 AM

"A Double edged sword certainly. (full Ins. Benefits also)."

Notice any increase in national part time employees with a corresponding drop in full timers? Obama-Care will provide your full insurance benefits for you, right?

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Jul-26-13 8:44 AM

And please, don't get me started on unions.

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Jul-26-13 8:43 AM

Minimum wage raises from $ 7.50 to $ 12.50 per hour. This causes the cost of goods to increase. The increase in the cost of goods makes EVERYTHING more expensive. Then another letter to the editor saying that $ 12.50 is not a living wage and it should be $ 17.50. See what happened there, Carl?

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Jul-26-13 6:19 AM

Gound control to Carl Rozzelle ...Carl...Carl.....CARLLL! AP. It has been reported that Carl Rozzell has been lost in space and left our solar system. While I can agree that 7.50 an hr. is not a living wage 12.50 would be ASTRONOMICAL..$500 a week to work in a Walmart or McDonalds could only work Maybe if implemented over 10 years.... (Maybe}Unions have done the worker well in some cases But...Corporate America will send more jobs away.A Double edged sword certainly. (full Ins. Benefits also).

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