The Minimum Wage Must Benefit Millions Of American Workers

989 Words Mar 23rd, 2015 4 Pages
Aurguing essay
Aodhan Bower
LA period 1

In 1938, after many years of debate and firm opposition from the supreme court, the United States enacted the Fair Labor Standards Act, which set a 25 cent minimum wage, and a 40 hour work week for many professions, but nowadays, the minimum wage has fallen well behind the cost of living and fallen behind inflation. Forcing states to have minimum wages based on their cost of living, would put billions more dollars into the economy and significantly boost the salary of millions of people.

It’s hard to talk about minimum wage without somebody saying that raising it will ruin the economy, but this is a myth, raising the minimum wage would benefit millions of American workers. according to a facts on file article “1.6 million workers earned exactly the federal minimum wage of 7.25 an hour in 2012. another 2 million earned wages below that rate.” this alarming statistic shows just how many hard working Americans are being paid this dismal rate, and according to the white house “Today, the real value of the minimum wage has fallen by nearly one-third since its peak in 1968. And right now, a full-time minimum wage worker makes $14,500 a year, which leaves too many families struggling to make ends meet.” With one third less value in the minimum wage than there was in the late sixties, it’s no wonder that many people who earn the minimum wage struggle to get by. and yet people still argue that it would lose people jobs, but as Facts…

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