Persuasive Essay On Minimum Pay

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Majority of those who live in poverty do not have jobs because they are not accessible or those jobs do not pay enough. In America majority of states have a minimum wage of 8 dollars an hour. If one works 40 hours a week and earns this wage, their monthly income would reach roughly $1,280 before tax. These wages, as seen in Edin and Shaefer’s book, are not enough for families to live on. Jennifer, a mother interviewed by Edin and Shaefer, faces problems of inability to pay for food, shelter and clothes for her kids. “Jennifer’s circumstances are not rare. About one in four jobs pays too little to lift a family of four out of poverty. Low-wage workers are concentrated in the service sector; the typical American experiences direct benefit from…show more content…
Researchers estimate that American workers lose billions of dollars each year to what is referred to as “wage-theft”-clear violations of labor standards that include paying less then minimum wage, forcing employees to work off the clock, and failing to pay mandated overtime rates” (Edin & Shaefer 2015 p 162). Regulations for employees clearly do not exist, as an employer overtime must be compensated as well as paying full minimum wages. Those struggling with poverty cannot fight back against the injustice because they will lose their job and have no way of providing for their families. In the film Inequality For All, Robert Reich argues for the need to increase minimum wage for Americans. Reich notes that the importance of spending for a capitalistic society comes from the ability for people to actually spend the money they earn. As of now, America has the wealthy who continue to get wealthy because their money stays locked away while those who live in poverty do not have a dime to their name. Reich looks at the importance of increasing minimum wage through increasing taxes on the wealthiest
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