Living Wage fight in NJ

The latest joke in NJ is the increase of 13 Cents as a minimum wage.  This only goes to show the obedience of politicians to the corporate structure.  This is an insult to injury. Here are more crumbs for the peasants.

There is a National and NJ Campaign for a living wage. In reality if the minimum wage where to incease as that of business people and the top 1%, the wage would be $22.00 and hour.

That sentiment has led to the rise of candidates like Bonnie Watson Coleman, a New Jersey legislator who won a hard-fought June primary with an economic-justice campaign that talked not about raising the minimum wage, but about the need for a living wage. Refusing to soft-pedal her determination to address “the gap between the wealthiest and [those] most in need,” Coleman says “the equivocation of Democrats has created confusion for people. People need to know what their choices are and why.”

Earlier this year, a long-standing “Fight for 15” campaign in Seattle was victorious after the council unanimously voted to impose the highest minimum wage in the US at $15 an hour. Fight for 15 are hopeful that San Francisco will commit to the increase when the proposal is voted on in November. In Los Angeles, the Council is pushing to raise the minimum hourly wage for employees in large hotels. Mayor Emmanuel Rahm, Obama’s former chief of staff, is under pressure from the living wage movement in Chicago and is aiming to raise the minimum there to $13 per hour. In New York, Oakland, Washington DC, San Diego and San Jose, there are active and prominent campaigns pushing at city and state level to raise wages for the very poorest.

The living wage campaigns have sought inspiration from a national Fight for 15 in one particular low-paid sector of particular cultural significance – fast food. The SEIU (Service Employee International Union) has led a campaign to force McDonalds, Burger King and Wendy’s to raise their wages.

Laurie Ehlbeck, the New Jersey director of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, said she’s spoken to many of the group’s 8,000 to 9,000 members who run small businesses.

“They’re putting on hold any hiring until they see how they recover from this increase,” she said. “So rather than lost jobs, at this point I would say there’s no growth.”

Ehlbeck also said the unknown amount of the wage increase every year — because it depends on the index — contributes to unpredictability, which makes planning a challenge.

She is obviously an agent for the wealthy in the class war.  Look at I this way.

If you live in an apartment for 20 years, your rent goes from $350 (1994) to $700, and one is still making $10.00 , there is a Zero increase in wage against a 100% plus increase in Rent.  This is a contributing factor to the eroding paycheck and the Race to The Bottom. 1/3 of all homeless are working families.

Ms Ehlbeck is out of touch with reality, influencing our legislators and and helping impose powers of the 1%. Bernie Sanders, Rep/Vermont notes that

one executive make in 4 hours  in one mourning than what most workers make in one years in the entire franchise . Should we Boo hoo for the poor rich man

who has it all. We have a system of wage slavery for all.

The US left has barely existed for a long time so it’s encouraging that this is a cause which can energize at least a grassroots movement. If only they can gain some real political clout.

The so called political left/progressives (i.e. the Democrats) are not remotely left wing. Neoliberal economic policies, spying on citizens, warmonger foreign policy, supportive of Saudi and Israeli regimes, heavily lobbied in Congress….pretty much the same as Republicans.

I hope people join the campaign for a living wage,  $15 would be fine now, but we must get what we desrev and that is $22 an hour.

I was in Copenhagen, Denmark. People who work for 7-11 or Burger King get $22 hour, 6 weeks vacation, retirement benefits, free education.

Elizabeth Warren stated “We believe that Wall Street needs stronger rules and tougher enforcement and we are willing to fight for it. We are willing to fight for it. We believe in science… and we are willing to fight for it. We believe that the Internet shouldn’t be rigged to benefit big corporations… and we will fight for it. We believe that no one should work fulltime and still live in poverty… and we are willing to fight for it. We will fight for it. Let me add to that we believe that fast food workers deserve a livable wage and when they take to picket lines we are proud to fight along side of them.”


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