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With Support of Just 3 Republicans, House Democrats Pass 'Historic' Raise the Wage Act to Guarantee Workers $15 Minimum Wage

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/07/18/support-just-3-republicans-house-democrats-pass-historic-raise-wage-act-guarantee

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Now is the time to filibuster every business in the senate until McConnell brings the bill to a vote.

Peace.
ths.

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Not fair. Those poor corporate executives might have to tighten their belts. What about their yacht payments and their multi-million dollar bonus packages? Just so their greedy socialist workers can feed their children and get health care? They might even have to reduce their lobbying payments to Pelosi and Schumer and McConnell. Pass the tissues.

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Why are they putting 15 an hour off until 2025? That will be only $31,200 gross wages FIVE YEARS from now. With inflation on the basics of life - shelter, food, childcare, healthcare, etc excruciatingly high, it doesn’t seem like workers are really going to move ahead that much.

This a start but it isn’t enough!

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Agreed. If cumulative inflation is 10.1% over the next 6 years as it was over the last 6, then the $15 would really be the equivalent only $13.48 today.

The Senate bill (Bernie’s) is a little better…$15 in 5 years (2024) which would be the equivalent of only $13.77 if inflation over the next 5 years is the same as the last 5.

After $15, his bill has it increasing at the same rate as the median wage, which has been higher than inflation.

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About 41% of workers, or 69 million, — 2 of every 5 workers – earn below $25,000 a year, or $12.50 an hour. (See Social Security Admin. report on wage income: https://www.ssa.gov/cgi-bin/netcomp.cgi?year=2017 ) So probably most of the 69 million are earning an hourly wage below $12.50. 69 million is a lot of household who will receive raises. It could be 54% of all households, but probably is much less. Often I read 27 million or 43 million workers, but the Poor People’s Campaign put the number at 61 million. The charity United Way released a survey of struggling families, 40% of Americans earn less than $15 an hour, and 60% earn less than $20 an hour. ALICE is the study. My blog: http://benL8.blogspot.com, Economics Without Greed. The PRO Act, Protect the Right to Organize, will strengthen labor unions. The largest corporations pay higher than $15 an hour, but they spend over 90% of profits on dividends and buybacks, and have not raised wages in 54 years. The “average weekly earnings of production and nonsupervisory workers”, says the Bureau of Labor Statistics, was higher in 1965 than in 2019. Imagine! While the total economy, per capita or per person, tripled in its output. Imagine!

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Who were the six Democrats who voted against the bill and why? Do they have a good reason, or do they need a primary opponent?

(A good reason is that they wanted to hold out for either $15 now or $20 in five years). Anything else is likely to be a bad reason.

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And yet again, the average, low-wage, red-state moron’s attention has been diverted, this time by chants of “send her back”. They are slaves to their racism and will vote against their own best interests, then blame someone else.

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It’s a god damn shame that the Republicans will not vote to raise the min wage. I’ve said it here before that this is indeed important, BUT it is more important to make it easier through legislation and regulations to make it easier to form or join a union. The min wage will always be that, “minimum” but if we could get union membership up to say 50% (it was at a high of around 35% in the early 60’s and now around 12%) this would do far more than a min wage. again, look to a lot of European countries and their union involvement and it’s a good reason that Germany and the Scandinavian countries do much better for working class people than the US.

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I’ll say it again, “exactly who won the Civil war?”.

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It already ought to be over $20, so lets get all breathless for nothing for 5 years. Local governments and unions are already getting $15 done. This is more like passing a reason for the slower regions to delay progress for another 5 years.

Old readers of Popeye may remember Wimpy, as he would say if he were a Democrat leader “I’ll gladly pay you in 2025 for a vote in 2020.” But even Wimpy didn’t discount the payback so heavily.

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The oligarchy. They always win, until and unless …

Peace.
ths.

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Nazis are in control of this country so you could ask: Who won WWII

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Not to worry, Barton.  Even if McConnell brings it to a vote in the Senate (HIGHLY Unlikely), their peons will vote it down.

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“We just voted to raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in a decade and Republicans are on the floor wailing, ‘socialism.’ How pathetic.”

If the Fascists are convinced they don’t like socialism, then maybe we should give them a world without it. We can start by taking away the airports, the railroads, the highways, the water treatment, the fire departments, the police departments, the military, the schools, the post offices, the border patrol, the intelligence agencies, the regulatory infrastructure. Without these the power grids will soon go down, the dollar becomes worthless, the commerce cannot ship without roads, we are vulnerable to attack without the military, and given the enemies the Nazis have made for us we’ll soon be attacked and defeated. Socialism is, and always has been, the glue that made and held our society together. Take that away, and all there is left is a whole bunch of stupid Nazi’s, wondering what happened to their Fascist anti - socialist dream.

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If this is for 2025 – it’s meaningless.

It should be retroactive – and there should be a COLA attached and an
increase every year –

but they’ve also destroyed the very meaning and intent of COLA’s.

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All official “inflation” numbers are rigged. Minimum wage should be based on how many hours labor does one require per month to pay for healthcare, food and shelter, clothing and education. The worker should be ablee to afford these things on a 40 hour work week. If they must accrue debt, or go without healthcare , or sleep in the streets, or go hungry , or forget about an education or some combination of these things after having worked that 40 hours in a week, than the wage is too low.

40*15 is 600 a week before taxes. I suggest it too low.

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Operation Paperclip was the transfer of the flag.

Number of ‘Big Macs’ (local price) that could be purchased on current hourly minimum wages.

Germany: 3.07
Australia: 3.02
U.S.A: 1.8

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Hi Adam.
Don’t forget to take away the $1.5 trillion in tax cuts for the wealthiest. Certainly a socialist moment.

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