The federal minimum wage is the lowest wage at which employers may pay their employees. In 2015 the minimum wage increased by 2.5 percent to $16 per week. Proponents of a higher minimum argue that the 2.5% increase in 2015 is not high enough to cover basic costs like healthcare and education which are increasing by 5% a year. Opponents argue that raising the minimum wage will increase unemployment and make it harder for lower income workers to find jobs.
No...and increase disability and aged pensions so that they can afford the cost of basic living.
I work 24/7 365 days a year without even one day off caring for a severely disabled veteran with over 30 diagnosed medical conditions. I am out of bed at 6.30am every day and work to midnight and then I am up every 1-2 hours all through the night making sure my husband is still breathing and not having seizures . .. and I am paid only around $214 per week. It's criminal in every other field of employment but somehow acceptable by our politicians here in this country to do it to carers!!!!
The minimum wage is less important than the award wage rates, but these should be expanded to cover every industry / job, not just selected ones, and the entirety should allow for Universal Basic Income (ie. living needs, adjusted according to the location and age).
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