Minimum Wage Should Be Increased?

1472 Words Feb 1st, 2016 6 Pages
In today’s society it’s expensive to live in New York and getting by day by day is very difficult if you are living on minimum wage. Of course it’s more difficult for some people than others depending on their situation and their living conditions. Americans and working class people who do come to America for a “ better opportunity” and for the famous American dream struggle. Minimum wage should be increased because of the overqualified, educated, and experienced Americans who are relying on minimum wage jobs as a result of the struggling economy. Raising minimum wage will help employees sustain themselves with a better salary.

Minimum wage is one of the difficulties in the United States and around the world. Most of the countries have some type of minimum wage. Let’s take a look at the history of minimum wage. Minimum wage in the United State isn’t as old as you think might be. The first federal minimum wage was first introduced by Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930s. At first minimum wage was set at 25 cents an hour, which works out to about $4 per hour in today’s money. Minimum wage was introduced during the Great Depression, there was no national minimum wage or anything to protect workers from exploitation. “Because of the lack of regulation tens of thousands of workers were routinely exploited in sweatshops and factories, forced to work in horrible conditions and for pennies a week” (Minimum-wagehistory).

In 1936 the labor union decided to create a mandatory…
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