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'Our Momentum Is Unstoppable': Workers Celebrate as Target Announces $15 Minimum Wage


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'Our Momentum Is Unstoppable': Workers Celebrate as Target Announces $15 Minimum Wage

Jake Johnson, staff writer

In what is being described as a huge victory for the tens of thousands of workers across the country who have for years organized, rallied, and gone on strike for higher wages, Target on Monday announced that it plans to raise the company-wide minimum hourly wage to $11 by next month and $15 by 2020.

"We won't stop until everyone, everywhere, wins $15 an hour and union rights."
—Steven Suffridge, Fight for $15


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Damn! Now I have to start shopping at Target.

But – having once (unwillingly) worked for a property management company, I can tell you that once this begins to spread to a majority of national employers, landlords and property managers will raise rents accordingly.


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Great! By 2020, a $15/hour minimum wage will have the purchasing power, the ability to buy goods and services of about $12 now.

What’s wrong with raising the minimum wage to $15 now? The Alliance for a Just Society estimates a single person living wage a year or so ago at $16.87. Shouldn’t the goal be a living wage for everyone working in current money terms?


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That is precisely the problem, and people don’t get it.
Rents will have doubled by then, and baristas will still be living in shanties.


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And where will the increased $$ come from. . . ?
Higher prices all around, perhaps??
Or could it be. . , execs may accept lower benefits. lol!
We must keep on working! But increased wages hardly helps. . . the big greedy prevails.!


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Increased wages hardly helps who?


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Higher fair wages means more spending and an increased wide-spread economy…not just those few at the top making obscene undeserved salaries while others struggle just to survive!

What we need, and must fight-for, is 'An economy for the 99 percent’ - "the gap between rich and poor is far greater than had been feared. It details how big business and the super-rich are fuelling the inequality crisis by dodging taxes, driving down wages and using their power to influence politics. (The OXFAM report) calls for a fundamental change_ in the way we manage our economies so that they work for all people, and not just a fortunate few._

“Eight men own the same wealth as the 3.6 billion people who make up the poorest half of humanity” They are the people - the ruling class 1% the ginger pig & co represents, using racism, division, corrupt politicians, the “justice” system, tax system skewed toward vast wealth over many decades, duopoly electoral control/corruption and police state to maintain the wealth and political power of the few!

https://www.oxfam.org/en/pressroom/pressreleases/2017-01-16/just-8-men-own-same-wealth-half-world

“It is obscene for so much wealth to be held in the hands of so few when 1 in 10 people survive on less than $2 a day. Inequality is trapping hundreds of millions in poverty; it is fracturing our societies and undermining democracy."

The central political message of Bernie Sanders is this, IMO - change on many political and social fronts for the 99% must be predicated by “radical” economic change and egalitarian opportunity to enable/empower the people to engage and demand…


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A huge groundswell of D-Party politicians supporting higher wages on the basis of stimulating economic growth and labor force participation as a growing labor shortage looms?

Yeah, didn’t think so.


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Two and half years from now people will get $15 an hour which is only barely getting by in this day and age of rich driving up prices on everything. In two and a half years people will be so deeply in debt it will be almost too hard to come back from. Of course, we could have another recession and jobs will be lost but rent/housing will go down.

This is a ridiculous merry go around that we the people are riding.


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We need more regulations on housing/landlords and the rich. Corporations and uber wealthy do not pay their fair share so states have to raise property taxes more and more and more to cover bare minimum expenses.