I posted all of this over on Facebook the other day (link), but wanted to preserve this here as well…
Okay, I am going to be snarky as hell here for a minute…. The Minimum Wage just went up in the state of Ohio by $0.15 per hour….I am salary, but my salary is based on an average accumulate of an hourly wage. Therefore, by default…shouldn’t EVERYONE who is reliant upon an hourly wage be getting a raise today? If not, please explain how that is in any way shape or form acceptable?
By default, the State of Ohio has just devalued my worth within my corporate structure. I feel I should be permitted to put forth $0.15 less effort per hour forthwith.
I mean…I am really not “trying” to be an asshole about this…
I remember quite well trying to cope on 23-28 hours per week at minimum wage – I get the struggle. However, I also wrap my brain around the fact that minimum wage is a base level pay rate. I am intelligent enough to know if you raise the base and do not raise everything else….you have assisted the people at base level, but have also devalued everyone not at that base level pay rate.
I am not going to pretend to be intelligent enough to have the answer, but let’s just say the difference in compensation between the cashier at the gas station and the individual responsible for managing the store has been changed. We will eventually get to the point where taking on additional responsibility to warrant additional income is just not going to be worth the stress.
I know I do not have the answers to this one…the minimum wage is not working…but how do we fix it? Have any ideas? Feel free to leave your comments below.
Let’s open up the dialog here.