The Low-Paid and Living Wage Movement: To Get the Labor’s Right

analytical Essay
1820 words
1820 words

In capitalistic economy, there is a big problem when economy grows up; it is the gap between Rich and Poor. The gap is always through all ages, but it is getting bigger and bigger nowadays. In the past, it was possible to escape from poverty by studying or working hard, but not now. Wealth brings more wealth, and poverty continues to recur. According to National Poverty Center, in the United States, 14.3 percent of all persons lived in poverty (Poverty Facts). If we add up numbers of the poverty of other countries, the number will be huge. In the United States, many of the poverty have jobs and get assistances from the federal, but they still live in there. What is the problem not to escape from poverty? It is because poverty is not a personal problem; indeed, it becomes a social problem. Many people don’t have interest in others, except for someone who is a relative, because we compete with others for survival in society. Poverty is continuously ignored from people. We do not assume how bad poverty affects us and our society. Therefore, this social problem, especially related with the working poor, has to be considered for solving. First of all, it is important to know what kinds of situations low-wage people are facing. In a book, Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich reports the low-wage people’s lives that stay in deep poverty. She frankly expressed lives of them who are in place where there are no human rights. Barbara Ehrenreich explains working environments of low-wage people in her book. She stayed in three different states and worked as one of low-wage people, such as waitress, hotel maid, house cleaner, nursing–home aide, and Wal-Mart associate. There are a lot of problems, from seeking a job to working. Employees had ... ... middle of paper ... ... Web. 20 Mar. 2011. . "Living wage." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 29 sep 2010. Web. 18 Mar. 2011 . "Living wage program." Los Angeles County. Web. 18 Mar. 2011. . "Minimum Wage Laws in the State." U.S. Department of Labor. 01 Jan. 2011. Web. 18 Mar. 2011. <>. Neumark, David. "How Living Wage Laws Affect Low-Wage Workers and Low-Income Families." San Francisco: Public Policy Institute of California, 2002. "Poverty Facts." National Poverty Center: U of Michican. 2006. Web. 20 March 2011. . Waltman, Jerold L. The Case for the Livng Wage. New York: Algora Publishing, 2004. "Who is ACORN?" ACORN. Web. 19 Mar. 2011. .

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that in capitalistic economies, the gap between rich and poor is growing, but poverty continues to recur. in the united states, 14.3 percent of all persons lived in poverty.
  • Analyzes how low-wage people have to endure unfair situations, such as drug tests, and the lack of break rooms.
  • Explains the concept of living wage, which differs from the minimum wage which employers legally pay employees.
  • Explains that acorn is the nation's largest grassroots community organization of low- and moderate-income people. the universal living wage campaign is based on the moral premise that anyone working a 40 hour week will be able to afford basic rental housing.
  • Explains that since 1994, nearly 40 cities and other jurisdictions have passed living wage ordinances, requiring businesses to pay employees a wage sufficient to lift their families out of poverty.
  • Opines that it is impossible to fix the vicious circle of poverty only by the living wage movement.
  • Explains gertner, jon. "what is a living wage?" new york times.
  • Analyzes barbara ehrenreich's book, nickel and dimed, which explains the working environments of low-wage people.
  • Cites clawson, dan, and diaz, ruben jr.'s article, "the next upsurge: labor and the new social movements."
  • Summarizes the u.s. department of labor's "minimum wage laws in the state." neumark, david.
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