Therefore younger adults, particularly those who have very little education are forced to work in service oriented jobs for lower pay, no benefits and no chance for promotion. Because minimum wage does not keep up with inflation, it is nearly impossible to earn enough to keep families out of poverty. According to our text, you have to understand the prices for human and... ... middle of paper ... ...hould not be limited in the case of poverty. Those in poverty need the helping hands of the government to get on their feet to become contributor of a successful economy. REFERENCES CliffsNotes.com.
Wal-Mart keeps these employees from sharing in these gains by keeping them in scared and in poverty. Ever since I started working at a market I then realized not only Wal-Mart excludes its employees and the poor from sharing in gains. The low paid employees at Wal-Mart will never share in gains as long as they work at Wal-Mart. Mallaby admits Wal-Mart can treat their employees and other retailers unfairly, but as a result everyone can share in the 50 billion in savings that American shoppers consume annually. The pay that employees get is the price they must pay for low priced merchandise.
They reduce local retail employment by 2.7% in every co... ... middle of paper ... ...ecessary income to support their families with good pay and benefits. They shouldn’t have to rely on taxpayers to pull them up when their company won’t provide the basics. When most people hear of Walmart coming to it’s communtiy they are excited because it means jobs. It’s true, they do employ people but they fail to pay them a wage they can live on and this in turn hurts everyone. Taxpayers have to help support families that can’t support themselves with dismal pay that does not feed them or provide them with the basics to sustatin themselves.
There were large profits being made, but there was an unequal distribution of wealth, which made the rich, richer and the poor, poorer. The richest percent of the people were given thirty three percent of all personal income. The middle class did not exist. About forty percent of the U.S. population was never impacted by the Great Depression because they had money. Since most of the families had no money to buy goods, store owners had to reduce their orders from the factories.
When Wal-Mart enters a new location it relies on bully techniques to weed out its smaller competition leaving consumers little to no choice but to shop as well as be employed at Wal-Mart. The majority of Wal-Mart employees opt-out of the health benefits package due to the high premium cost and large deductibles leaving them without coverage or seeking state aid. ("Store Wars: When Wal-Mart Comes to Town") Wal-Mart is the largest retailer in the world with over half of their employees averaging wages that are below the Federal poverty line for a family of four. Wal-Mart has become a household name with many positive attributes but they have been riddled with a large amount of negatives. Their motto of “Always low prices, always” have created soaring profits at the expense of their employees.
Poor people are frequently unable to pay for housing, food, childcare, health care, and education. The cost of living per month for a single, childless person in America is $2,372. Galbraith stresses importance of improving housing across the nation. (Galbraith 405) With unemployment rates remaining high, jobs are hard to find in the current economy. Even if people can find work, this does not automatically provide an escape from
They both have each other for company, although Lenny has the capabilities of a child. In the time the book is written America is in depression, many businesses failed and many men worked for low pay contracts at different ranches across America. The American dream is to live in small town or in a suburban area where grass and trees simulate the country. This dream home is a permanent seat, not rented but owned. This dream is bound to fail because everyone wants that dream and it cost a lot of money, most of the men working in America with this dream are on low salary so can never afford the American dream.
Some of these parents are working forty hours a week or more for minimum wage and still cannot afford the necessities to live healthy. Some parents cannot find a job due to lack of qualification. The government has provided resources for people who are disadvantaged; however, there are still problems that need to be addressed. Social welfare isn’t a discouragement, it is a helping hand. There is no reason why lives should be shortened because of the inability to access governmental assistance.
Outsourcing creates a loss in secure work and leaves people with retail and restaurants jobs, where there is little to no employee benefits and are essentially dead end jobs. Barbara Ehrenreich, “Nickel-and-dimed on (Not) Getting By in America”, talks about her undercover experience working a low wage job and the difficulties living with those financial constraints (1998). She concludes that her wage needs to be increased by about two more dollars an hour to really be a livable wage. That was in 1998 and almost 20 years later we are still facing the same issue. The lack of a livable wage cause some workers to take on two, three, or even four jobs to make ends meet.
These single parents can never work enough hours to support their families because the jobs are often inflexible which is not a match for a single parent. Chances are employers who hire low wage workers do not want workers to come in late because there was no child care or miss days because the child was sick. Welfare to work fails to realize parents probably should not put their low wage jobs before the needs of their children. The jobs provided somehow seem to have the least benefits. Things like vacations, sick days, and health care that go hand in hand with a regular job are not as available in these low wage jobs (Albelda 1).Transportation and location are other huge problems that welfare to work does not accommodate all to well.