Can you imagine having to raise a family or even simply support yourself on a mere $312 a week? As rents continue to climb, prices for basic necessities like food, fuel and home energy increase and companies look to maximize profits a the expense of the labor force, old lines about workers feeling “lucky” simply to have a job are falling flatter with each passing day. While those who sit atop the economic food chain, the infamous 1% in particular, continue plying their moneyed influence to further secure tax cuts and deregulation for themselves and begin funneling untold millions into SuperPAC ads in the hopes of influencing the coming elections, America’s labor movement is stepping forward with their own message, calling on Americans to stand up and demand a fair shake.
The AFL-CIO, America’s oldest labor organization, has produced a new video, begging the question why it is amid record-setting corporate profits and an exponentially increasing divide between the rich and the working classes, that the question of raising the minimum wage is even a question. With the average minimum wage worker taking home only $15,000 a year, the struggle faced by America’s most at-risk workers has gone from one of difficulty, to one of seeming impossibility. The hours are often longer, the pay is generally lower and yet despite signs that the economy of the rich is doing well, positive economic news as it’s promoted by media and political office holders is failing to resonate with most Americans, who find their stagnant wages and increased cost of living, to be burdens that are almost too heavy to carry.