As part of his petition on MoveOn.org to compel McDonald’s and Wal-Mart to pay their employees a livable wage, economist Robert Reich put out the following video, just in time for Labor Day. The video laden with facts and details so your Tea Partier friends might not understand or like it, but it makes a very clear, six-step case for why the old canard that paying low-level employees a livable wage just isn’t feasible.
In the video, Reich explains that the average minimum wage worker is not the teenager that conservative talking points say it is, but rather an adult making more than half of their household income. Reich also explains that had our minimum wage simply been allowed to adjust accordingly with inflation, it would be over $10 an hour now. This means flat-out that your minimum wage job absolutely buys less than it did in the 1960’s.
This Labor Day, thank your local unions for working to keep labor practices safe and fair for everyone, and consider sharing this insightful video with your conservative friends who don’t think labor is worth protecting.
Watch the video below and click here to sign the petition: