Benefits And Benefits Of Minimum Wage

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Introduction In the United States, there are more than 30 million people who work in jobs that pay poverty wages and provide few if any benefits (Low, 2015). The lowest income bracket has been getting increasingly poorer and since 1968, the real value of the minimum wage has progressively declined (Dietrich, 2004). Most low-wage employers do not offer health insurance to their employees and if they do, premiums are too high for employees to afford. Sick pay and retirement benefits are not likely to exist in these types of jobs. Due to a lack of training or continuing education benefits, most workers are unable to advance themselves and are locked into these low-wage positions. Although many people assume that fast food restaurants and large chain stores are the only low-wage employers, they are wrong as low-wage, low-reward jobs are all around us and include such jobs as security guards, nurse’s aides, child-care workers, pharmacy assistants, and hair dressers. Low-wage service workers have little power to change their situations as many political, economic and corporate decisions have weakened the bargaining power of the average worker (Low, 2015). Unions that once negotiated contracts that propelled autoworkers, steelworkers, machinists, and truck drivers to middle-class status have grown weaker over the years (Greenhouse, 2015). Currently, only 11 percent of workers belong to a union which is a far drop from the 35 percent back in the 50’s and 60’s (Greenhouse,

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