Joyce Carol Oates: Slavery over for everybody except minimum wage workers

Joyce Carol Oates: Slavery over for everybody except minimum wage workers

http://twitter.com/#!/JoyceCarolOates/status/406458678439444480 Author Joyce Carol Oates recently said that one day meat eating will be looked upon with as much disdain as slavery, and she’s now added “minimum wage jobs” to the enslavement list. http://twitter.com/#!/notmydayjob/status/406536141416845312 Just a little. http://twitter.com/#!/lachlan/status/408643562184507393 Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/12/05/joyce-carol-oates-declares-slavery-over-for-everybody-except-minimum-wage-workers/

Keith Ellison gets emoji happy with ‘then vs. now’ #RaiseTheWage graphics

Keith Ellison gets emoji happy with ‘then vs. now’ #RaiseTheWage graphics

http://twitter.com/#!/ScottLofquist/status/520584446479589376 Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison is on a #RaiseTheWage crusade again today: Today is National Minimum Wage Day. Why do we need to #RaiseTheWage? The federal minimum wage hasn’t kept up with the cost of basic goods. — Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) October 10, 2014 The minimum wage in 1968 was $1.60 an hour—$10.56 in 2014 dollars—but the current minimum wage is only $7.25 an hour. pic.twitter.com/XngTIFoFbH — Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) October 10, 2014 Average cost of some goods increased, but the purchasing power of the minimum wage dropped. Here’s what #RaiseTheWage means in emojis. — Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) October 10, 2014 If there was too much mathy stuff in those three tweets, the liberal Democrat tried to make the point, emoji-style: If you worked an hour in a minimum wage job in 1968, you could afford 🍞🍞🍞🍞🍞🍞🍞, but in 2014 you can afford 🍞🍞🍞 — Rep. Keith […]

Retail Workers Are Quitting Their Jobs Like It's 2007

Retail Workers Are Quitting Their Jobs Like It’s 2007

Wal-Mart’s announcement that it will raise its minimum wage came as the retail industry faces a rising number of workers quitting their jobs. Better pay is one way retailers can keep the people they already have, rather than constantly hiring new ones. View this image › BuzzFeed/Bureau of Labor Statistics / Via cloud.highcharts.com Here’s one reason why big retailers have been making noise about raising their minimum wages: Their workers have been quitting at a rate last seen in the boom times before the financial crisis. Wal-Mart, America’s biggest private employer, made headlines last week for raising its minimum wage, becoming the latest in a string of companies upping the pay of their lowest-paid workers. The decision, which followed similar announcements out of Gap and Ikea in recent months, underscores the fact that retail workers are getting harder to hold on to these days. The retail industry’s “quits rate” — […]

CBO says minimum wage hike will cost 500K jobs; Dan Pfeiffer, WH run interference

CBO says minimum wage hike will cost 500K jobs; Dan Pfeiffer, WH run interference

http://twitter.com/#!/MetricButtload/status/435859481423908864 Well, shoot. This doesn’t sound like what the White House said would happen: http://twitter.com/#!/jamiedupree/status/435853641162166272 According to the CBO’s report, an estimated 16.5 million workers would see higher earnings if the minimum hourly wage were raised to $10.10. But there are some important stipulations: The increased earnings for low-wage workers resulting from the higher minimum wage would total $31 billion, by CBO’s estimate. However, those earnings would not go only to low-income families, because many low-wage workers are not members of low-income families. Just 19 percent of the $31 billion would accrue to families with earnings below the poverty threshold, whereas 29 percent would accrue to families earning more than three times the poverty threshold, CBO estimates. Moreover, the increased earnings for some workers would be accompanied by reductions in real (inflation-adjusted) income for the people who became jobless because of the minimum-wage increase, for business owners, and for consumers […]

Nancy Pelosi: Raise minimum wage to $10.10, magically create 85,000 jobs

Nancy Pelosi: Raise minimum wage to $10.10, magically create 85,000 jobs

http://twitter.com/#!/Stand_Up2Them/status/423563015846240256 The above statement is absolutely true, which is why Rep. Nancy Pelosi went ahead and said it anyway: http://twitter.com/#!/NancyPelosi/status/423560629870292992 If that would create 85,000 jobs, why not raise it even higher and create hundreds of thousands of jobs in Nancy Pelosi’s fantasy-land? http://twitter.com/#!/the59pub/status/423561002920075264 Comments and questions from a more realistic realm: http://twitter.com/#!/SovereignGuy/status/423562167195942912 http://twitter.com/#!/ConnieMaanum/status/423563432437104640 http://twitter.com/#!/wrenchranch/status/423568631583088640 Business owner:We have to pay employees more? Quick! Hire more workers! Are you stupid? @NancyPelosi @askgeorge @USDOL— Sir Lurks-a-lot (@wrenchranch) January 15, 2014 Remember, in the twisted world of liberal economics, unemployment checks create jobs. Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/01/15/obamacare-math-nancy-pelosi-claims-10-10-minimum-wage-would-create-85000-jobs-citizens-call-bs/

Liberal Vanity Fair writer stumbles into a rational economic position

Liberal Vanity Fair writer stumbles into a rational economic position

http://twitter.com/#!/MelissaTweets/status/456641702799745025 This is how bad it’s gotten: the only way liberals can clamber their way out of their echo chamber is to sarcastically stumble into a reasonable position about economic policy. Check out this tongue-in-cheek suggestion from Kurt Eichenwald, a liberal writer for Vanity Fair and Newsweek: http://twitter.com/#!/kurteichenwald/status/456640636452487168 Vanity Fair is owned by Condé Nast, which used unpaid interns up until last fall, when it abandoned the program. Some likened that internship program to slavery: http://twitter.com/#!/DieZauberer/status/393054738477899777 Because unpaid jobs = slavery, right Kurt? Of course, the analogy between a zero minimum wage (which allows people to work for free if they wish) and slavery (which forces people to work for free against their will) is absurd, but Eichenwald’s sarcastic suggestion that minimum wage laws should be eliminated is not. Many libertarians have advocated for this position. Heck, even the New York Times once made the argument. http://twitter.com/#!/Slublog/status/456641838837796864 http://twitter.com/#!/bmcsmith92/status/456641757459906560 http://twitter.com/#!/chrismcm66/status/456646341511233536 http://twitter.com/#!/Andrew_Dad/status/456663542830100480 Condé Nast was perfectly happy to pay its interns […]

Wal-Mart Raises Its Minimum Wage To $9 An Hour

Wal-Mart Raises Its Minimum Wage To $9 An Hour

The retailer is America’s biggest private employer. Its minimum wage will rise to $9 an hour this year, and $10 an hour in 2016. Wal-Mart, America’s biggest private employer, is boosting wages for its workers. The retailer said its minimum wage in U.S. stores will increase to $9 an hour in April, and rise to $10 an hour in 2016. Some department managers will see a pay raise to $13 an hour this summer and $15 next year. About 500,000 associates will get a raise from the change in the first half of this year, Wal-Mart said in a statement today. CEO Doug McMillon alluded to worker dissatisfaction in a blog post announcing the changes today. “We frequently get it right but sometimes we don’t,” he wrote. “When we don’t, we adjust.” “In recent years we’ve had tough economic environments, a rapidly growing company, and fundamental shifts in how customers […]

#BlackWorkersMatter? Workers occupy Minneapolis City Hall

#BlackWorkersMatter? Workers occupy Minneapolis City Hall

You might remember the White House Summit on Worker Voice earlier this month, when President Obama invited some human props to the White House to tell their stories of skipping meals, going homeless, working multiple jobs and earning only $8 an hour after 20 years in the fast food business. While the#FightFor15 movement for a $15 minimum wage isthe most visible of union demands, the president also spelled out the need for flexible hours. “If you work hard in America, you should be able to take care of those you love, which means having sick leave and parental leave and affordable child care, and predictable schedules that give your family some stability,” said President Obama. While it was Baltimore City Hall that was occupied by protesters last night, today Minneapolis City Hall is being shut down by #MPLSWorks, a group that is demanding that the city “raise standards for working […]