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As Workers Win Local Pay Hikes for 2019, Sanders Says 'We Must Raise Federal Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour'


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As Workers Win Local Pay Hikes for 2019, Sanders Says 'We Must Raise Federal Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour'

Julia Conley, staff writer

More than five million workers in states and cities across the country will see their incomes increase in 2019, thanks to the push for a higher minimum wage by groups including Fight for $15.


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No more of these phase ins like by 2050 the rate will be 15.00. Do it now- in fact make it 20.


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Yup. $15 NOW/$20 BY 2020!!!


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The problem is that Sanders is not calling for $15 NOW. He wants a phase-in starting with $12.50 overFIVE YEARS. That’s true of nearly all Dems - liberal, neoliberal and “progressive.” Clearly, LIVABLE WAGES will not be won in the Duopoly Kabuki Kongress. It will be workplace-by-workplace, industry-by-industry and state-by-state. Those are long and dirty fights that leave a lot of bitter bodies and wasted lives on the road of “progress” in the neoliberal capitalist economy.

PS: It’ll be interesting to see if AOC pays her interns and staff $15 as promised – and see what the other Kongress Kritters do.


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I don’t think $15/hr is enough. Certainly not if you get fewer than 50 hours a week. In a couple minutes of searching last week I found the total US income and divided it by the number of people in the US. The result was $40,000/year or $20/hr for a 40 hour work week.

If you really want to do something radical, go to a 20 hour work week and a guaranteed wage of $50,000 a year for adults with a $20,000 a year subsidy for children. There would still be a lot left over for the greedy. Oh, and stop saying some work is “worth” more than others. The most important workers to our quality of life are the people who deal with our trash and the ones who keep our water safe.


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…and raise our children, and care for the sick, and educate us, etc… Almost all work is inherently dignified, and as your post points out, there is more than enough for everyone.


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She’s not even seated and you’re casting aspersions on her keeping her word.
What a worthless one-noter you are sometimes. Cut back on the throttle there, Clyde Crashcock.


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Jesus Christ, you need more than an increase in the min wage. Let’s say it passes in the Congress of next year to 10.50 per hr (ha, ha, ha, it ain’t gonna happen) we still need the EFCA passed so it is easier to form a union. Secondly, we need ACTUAL laws (with real teeth) that protect workers. My honest opinion is if we make it “easy” to form a union that will be the quickest way to re-distribute “wealth” to the poorer people enabling another middle class revival.


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How many Republicans even believe in a minimum wage? Trump doesn’t. To get a $15 minimum wage vote the Republicans out of office. It is not going to happen as long as they can block it.


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Obviously Sanders is no socialist. The comfort of the rich will still be dependent upon producing an abundant supply of relatively or absolutely impoverished waged slaves to produce profits for them. All wealth comes from labour.

We need a commonly owned , post-capitalist, class-less, production for use, free access world without frontiers run by us all locally regionally and globally in a self-administration by all of us, over resources, without governments over people.

Check out what socialism is and is not.
http://www.wspus.org/


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It is a national disgrace that a large number of Americans must work 80 hours a week (or more) just to subsist. There is no way that any business can justify paying workers half of what they need to just survive.


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It is an inevitable and never ending consequence of capitalist competition. The rate of exploitation has to increase to maintain profitability for the parasite class.


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The middle class is a myth. If one has to work for a wage or a salary in order to live one is a member of the working class, regardless of the paycheck or the colour of your collar.


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You may still be working class (I am 72 and retired at 54 with a modest Teamster pension) but it’s entirely possible that you can make enough money where you can afford to put a couple kids through college (AFTER this ridiculous college loan shakedown is fixed), buy a new modest car every 4 or 5 yrs and have a modest home for your family that you can afford with your “working class” wages.


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You may still be working class (I am 72 and retired at 54 with a
modest Teamster pension) but it’s entirely possible that you can make
enough money where you can afford to put a couple kids through college
(AFTER this ridiculous college loan shakedown is fixed), buy a new
modest car every 4 or 5 yrs and have a modest home for your family
that you can afford with your “working class” wages.

So what? You are still working class. Your teamster penson is a but
modest gain from the class struggle. In many cases that struggle
resulted in broken heads and gunned down workers.

It is a social relationship to the ownership of the means of production
and distribution. It is still relatively impoverished in relation to the
collective wealth workers worldwide produce.

Why should workers who produce all of the wealth have to then budget to
buy a ration of it back, while a parasitic owning class of 5-10%, need
not work and yet have more wealth than the bottom 60% combined?

Poverty relative or absolute is an inevitable reproductive concomitant
of capitalism.

Don’t forget also the two world wars caused by competition over trade
routes, raw materials, markets and expansion of geopolitical advancement
caused by capitalist competition.

War is also an inevitable reproductive concomitant of capitalism.

Which is why the ideological reinforcement and reproduction, via the
edcation system of ‘patriotism’, and great men historical narrative
nonsense and so on, takes place, to provide for potential cannon fodder
for the future as well as stunting critical faculties within dominant
preferred paradigms.

It is not about ‘good guys’ versus ‘bad guys’. The ‘good guys’ conducted
the war science of Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

Workers have no country to live or die for and a world of free access
without frontiers to win.


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Here’s an opportunity for me to continue my pledge to mention, often, that without voter/voting reform the republicans will continue to attempt to steal elections.Tomorrow is the first day in the rest of our voting lives, I hope the House has it near the top of their agenda.


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I was (thinking) exactly what you wrote just before I read your post.You nailed it weematt. It’s a never ending reach for more at the top, and squeezing the working stiffs to get it. Capitalism rots peoples bottom line.


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The 1966 minimum wage of 2.50$ now has the buying power of over 22,00$. One could rent a decent apartment for 100$/month, costs more than that to park your car today. Yeah, 20 for 2020 or strike.


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That is a proven lie. The parasite class did quite well in the fifties and sixties. In State College tuition was affordable and one could work their way through school, The minimum wage then had the buying power of over 22$/hr and the debt for WWII was paid off. I really don’t fault capitalism for the current excesses for it breeds psychopaths who are concerned only for what they see as best for them at the moment, Controlling them is what government is for and we haven’t had one of those since Nixon.


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Nonxon??? You must be a rethugican.