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  • kathleenmartin

    I, for one, can't say I'm thrilled about seeing minimum wages increase. Once again the government is interfering with the natural flow of market forces for the benefit of the lower class. What incentive would lower class workers have to break out if they're being given higher wages without any effort? Seems backward to me.


    • Food Chain Workers Alliance

      The "natural flow of market forces" would result in extremely low wages, which would not help people take care of their families. Our survey of almost 700 food workers around the country showed that almost 1 out of 4 are paid below the minimum wage. Other studies of low-wage industries also show a high rate of sub-minimum wages. That's what the "natural flow of market forces" is already doing. If we didn't have a minimum wage, who knows how low wages would go? In contrast, A 2011 study by the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank found that minimum wage increases raise incomes and increase consumer spending. The authors examined 23 years of household spending data and found that for every dollar increase for a minimum wage worker results in $2,800 in new consumer spending by his or her household over the following year. More research and data at

  • Nicholas Calderon

    This was an excellent study! The kicker was at the end, "Thus, Congressmember George Miller and Senator Tom Harkin’s proposals to raise the minimum wage—assuming it is passed on entirely to the consumer—would result in a food price increase that is, at most, approximately only one-third of the most recent annual rise in food prices due to normal inflation."

    One third of inflation! Just goes to show how we need these minimum wage increases to keep pace with the robbery taking place at the FED on behalf of all the $$ hoarding elites.

  • Emily Pasnak-Lapchick

    The Coalition of Immokalee Workers in Florida encourages businesses to pay a penny more per pound for tomatoes so that tomato pickers wages can nearly double! They haven't been raised in over 30 years!