Living from Minimum Wage

We know in the world of today, most households have two incomes to maintain the basic everyday needs. We all have worked jobs that paid bare minimum, gave crappy hours along with fatigue. Gilbert and Henslin divided the lower class into the Working Poor and the Underclass (Gilbert The American Class Structure 1998). The Working Poor’s employment is in the service and manual labor and the Underclass relies solely on government aid and has not participate in the workforce.

There are about 3 million workers in the United States that worked full time year round last year and still fell below the National poverty level. If everyone earns exactly the same amount of money, then the income distribution would be perfectly equal. If no one earns any money except for one person, who earns all of the money, then the income distribution would be perfectly unequal. Distribution is usually somewhere in the middle of perfectly equal or unequal. Some will argue that increasing the minimum will hurt the economy because it will cause companies the inability to create new positions.

If these entry level jobs are minimum wage to suit the teenagers of legal working age, then why are companies paying adult workers the same wage? The original policy objective of minimum wage legislation was to protect women and children, who were thought to be the most vulnerable and exploited groups of workers. Around the time of early minimum wage legislation, related legislation was also being implemented to protect workers from excessive long hours of work and poor working conditions.

The objectives of these legislations were meant to ensure that employment conditions met a set of minimum standards (Fortin, Lemieux 1998). Further the intended objectives of creating a minimum wage is to prevent the exploitation of workers by their employers, to stimulate a fair wage structure, to provide a minimum standard of living for low income workers and to help alleviate poverty, particularly amongst working families (Rutkowski, 2003). People that are going through minimum wage jobs need to have more than one job in order to pay for housing, food, and necessities.

Many of us has experienced the joy of two minimum wage jobs and somehow we still manage to play with our children and find a moments rest. We know that minimum wage jobs do not provide enough money for two months’ rent which is usually first month’s rent and deposit. We often find ourselves living where we can only afford simply stated by Ms. Ehrenreich, “As far as I can tell, the place isn’t a nest of drug dealers and prostitutes; these are just working people who don’t have enough capital to rent a normal apartment.

” in her story (World Views: Nickel and Dimed. p. 364). Even having multiple jobs are not enough to pay renting and the rest of the utility bills. Jobs have changed over the years. Jobs that used to pay an employee a suitable salary are cutting back on their employees’ paychecks due to economic problems. Minimum wage employers need to find a way to not overly push their workers to their limits and pay them adequately for well-earned money. At one time I thought that working a 3rd shift at a convenience store was difficult but I was wrong.

I am currently working at a local retail store, where they claim to be a team player. I have learned very quickly how the retail system works. In my case I am crossed trained in many areas of the store, however I work in Logistics. I have a 40-hour workload compressed into an 18-hour week now. It is hard to get by because the hours aren’t enough or the pay is too low. You will noticed no matter how hard you work, how much you help your fellow co-workers, everyone else is getting lead positions.

There are many people that work with their company for years and yet they are still overlooked by the employer and a new candidate gets the new position. Is it that easy to settled or could we just get caught up with every day stresses of live? Most of America don’t accept minimum wage jobs because they want, we do it because we have to. Fortin. Lemieux. “Instutuional Changes and Rising Wage Inquality: Is There Linkage. ” Economics Perspectives (1998). “Nickel and Dimed. ” World Views. n. d. 359-370.