Workers Need a Living Wage Essay

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It's 6:00am and that annoying beep of your alarm is ringing in your ears. You get up, start the coffee maker, shower, and get dressed in your work attire. You start your car and back out of your drive-way before noticing that you're running on the last fumes of your tank. You drive to nearest gas station where you see gas prices have, once again, risen.

The aforementioned scenario is only one of many examples of the depreciating value of the dollar. In fact, in the past five years, the CPI-U has increased from 168.8 to 190.7 - that's a 12.97% inflationary increase (Historical CPI)! Sure, to Corporate Joe in his fancy sports car, a few extra pennies for gas isn’t much, but what about the school janitor who is trying to
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In order to mollify the harsh realities of today's unacceptable minimum wage, it must be taken upon the workers, themselves to fight for equality in the corporate world. And they have done just that. ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, is the nation's largest community organization of low- and moderate-income families, working together for social justice and stronger communities. Since 1970, ACORN has grown to more than 175,000 member families, organized in 850 neighborhood chapters in 75 cities across the U.S. and in cities in Canada, the Dominican Republic and Peru (Acorn.org). ACORN is a big proponent of the living wage and has fought (and won) for many cities including San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, and Chicago to only name a few. The living wage was introduced in order to provide workers with a wage that can endure the continuously increasing cost of living. So, here’s the question: How do the lifestyles of the 3 working classes, lower, middle, and upper, differ from one to another? Does the enormous discrepancy between incomes call for completely different lifestyles? I will introduce different aspects of life and compare the differences among each class.

Birthdays

Lower class birthdays tend to be held in “free-of-charge” areas such as public parks and fast-food restaurants. The activities available at the party may be athletic such as soccer, running or playing tag through a playground, or fooling around in a
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