$15 Hourly Wage Seen as Too Low to Meet Nationwide Cost of Living
While labor groups continue to fight for the adoption of a $15 an hour minimum wage, one liberal organization is calling for an even higher minimum.
A true livable wage would be an average of $16.87 an hour, the group says. In Arkansas, a wage of $14.26 would suffice. Washington D.C. workers would need to earn $21.86 an hour.
“Our emphasis...is to show just how modest a figure $15 really is,” Allyson Fredericksen, the report’s author, told Common Dreams. “It is not an extravagant wage and it is not the only solution.”
The report also noted how many hours each week workers would have to put in at the current minimum wage to get by. In New York, it’s 91 hours; in Virginia it’s 103.
“The answer to low wages is not expecting people to work a ridiculous number of hours, or to make severe cutbacks in basic necessities,” Fredericksen said. “Instead, the answer is to pay workers enough to ensure that full-time employment provides some measure of financial stability. Our research shows that’s twice the current minimum wage in many states.”
-Noel Brinkerhoff, Steve Straehley
To Learn More:
Pay Up! $15 in Not a Living Wage in Most of the Country (by Kathy Mulady, Alliance for a Just Society)
To Fix National Poverty Crisis, Study Shows Even $15 Wage Won’t Do the Job (by Nadia Prupis, Common Dreams)
Pay Up! Long Hours and Low Pay Leave Workers at a Loss (by Allyson Fredericksen, Alliance for a Just Society) (pdf)
Fast-Food Workers Earn $20 an Hour plus Benefits…in Denmark. Why Not in U.S.? (by Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)
- Top Stories
- Unusual News
- Where is the Money Going?
- U.S. and the World
- Appointments and Resignations
- Latest News
- Chief of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol: Who Is Ron Vitiello?
- Chairman of the U.S. Parole Commission: Who is J. Patricia Wilson Smoot?
- Secretary of Agriculture: Who Is Sonny Perdue?
- Acting Director of the U.S. National Central Bureau of INTERPOL: Who is Wayne Salzgaber?
- Acting Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement: Who Is Thomas Homan?