The Living Wage Rage After reading/watching the attachments, address the following question:
o Are you clear where you stand on the debate for raising the minimum wage?
o Share your views.
Main Response (200-250 words)
A History Of The Minimum WageURL
Battle for a living wageURL
Seattle’s Minimum Wage Hike Pits Business vs
The Living Wage Rage Since President Barack Obama called for a minimum wage increase during his State of the Union remarks back in 2013, 17 states and the District of Columbia have increased their minimum wage—including four states where voters approved minimum wage increases on Election Day in 2014. Cities and counties have also taken action, with 29 local jurisdictions including Berkeley, Calif.; Chicago; Las Cruces, N.M.; and Montgomery County, Md. raising the wage floor. A number of companies are acting on their own to increase their minimum wage and expand paid leave opportunities. Companies taking steps to this end include Wal-Mart, Disney, Gap, TJX Companies, Target, IKEA, Aetna and Starbucks. In April, Wal-Mart raised its lowest starting wage to $9 per hour, with a promise to raise it to $10 by February 2016. And as for paid leave for employees, Microsoft and Netflix are two companies that recently announced separate plans to give more time off to eligible workers who are new parents, the White House report said. The “Fight for $15” protests on April 15, 2015, which pressed companies to pay their workers a minimum of $15 per hour, were expected to include 60,000 protesters in 200 cities and 40 countries. The movement has moved beyond just fast-food workers to include retail employees, childcare workers, adjunct professors, home care providers and airport workers. While the SEIU-funded “Fight for $15” movement took credit for McDonald’s recent raise at its 1,500 restaurants run by company headquarters (though not for employees at its 12,500 franchisees), it simultaneously criticized the raise of just under $10 an hour as a “publicity stunt.” As for Fight for $15’s accomplishments thus far, the movement is quick to note in its press releases that Seattle and San Francisco have ordinances in place to gradually raise the minimum wage to $15. The goal of the movement is to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour – it has not been successful, nor has it increased unionization. Despite the union organizing objectives of the movement, remarkably few representation petitions have been filed seeking union elections in the fast-food industry since the founding of “Fight for $15” movement. HR professionals should be cognizant of any support for and participation in “Fight for $15” activities among their own employees, as it is certainly an early warning sign of future serious union organizing activity. Question: Are you clear where you stand on the debate for raising the minimum wage? Share your views.