Minimum wage doesn't cut it

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at 12:01 a.m.
For the past year, I have struggled and felt I can barely get my head above water. The most wretched feeling is working two jobs, one part-time and one full-time, on minimum wage. I've worked 60 hours a week for seven months of the past year simply to support myself. I have exhausted myself working in what is, ironically, called the land of the free!
However, this "land of the free" has million dollar companies thriving on the practically slave labor of minimum wage. I'm sure we would have much more complaints if our top CEOs were being forced to maintain their lifestyle with an hourly wage such as $6.45. But of course, these women and men make on average 821 times more. This is an outrageous difference!
When will Americans wake up and see that our country is thriving on and breeding more inequality every day? Each and every person deserves to be paid a fair and adequate amount for dedicating so many hours of their life to a company that reaps their benefits.
I work to support myself and can barely make ends meet. I cannot fathom how a family could possibly survive on this amount. A full-time minimum wage worker earns about $10,712 a year. This is less than half the poverty rate for a family of four.
How can anyone say they are proud to be an American when knowing these facts?

Holly Finley,


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