This is a petition to Enact the Living Wage Act that will establish an appropriate minimum wage for a part-time individual that will adjust accordingly based on the cost of living. To accurately determine these costs we will use a survey system like Canada's "Survey of Household Spending" (as talked about below) that will help our government determine what a living/minimum wage should be for part-time workers to meet the minimum requirements to live.
For example Statistics show that while wages can vary by region and experience level, the average McDonald's cashier makes $7.11/hr, or $14,788.80 per year. According to http://www.livingwage.geog.psu.edu/counties/26125 People in my county need at least $19,000 net pay to live. To stress the seriousness of this situation currently if you took a bum off the streets and gave them a part-time minimum wage cashier job at McDonalds they would not make enough money to stay off the streets. The very reason for having a job should be to not be homeless.
I would say more like $24,000 would be more accurate. For a person to make $24,000 a year at part-time they would have to make $20 an hour and work at LEAST 23 hours a week to receive $24,000 Gross pay. Since part-time hours range from 1-30, the average is 15 hours. $20 an hour at 15 hours would still put a person at $15,600 Gross pay a year which is way below the cost of living for an individual and would still establish a person as homeless.
According to http://www.wikinvest.com/industry/Food
In the past half-century, the food and beverage industry has blossomed from a collection of mom-and-pop operations to a trillion-dollar powerhouse led by huge international corporations. Familiar names like Coca-Cola, Starbucks and McDonald's can be found in every corner of the globe.
McDonald's Corp.'s CEO received a pay package worth nearly $9.7 million during fiscal 2010 -- 45 percent less than the year before, based on an Associated Press analysis of a recent regulatory filing. The nation's largest hamburger chain increased CEO Jim Skinner's salary 3 percent to $1.4 million. The company also raised his performance-based cash bonus for the year by 38 percent to $4.5 million.
We wouldn't let our children starve or go without food or shelter so why has it become acceptable that our very basic workforce cannot afford the very basic of needs to live yet the ones at the very top have more bonuses in one year than most people will make in a lifetime? Statistics show that at an average of $50,000 a year you will have earned $2,000,000 in your lifetime. If the food industry is worth trillions of dollars can we not afford to pay the bottom employees at the very least $24,000 a year for basic necessities for all the hard work they do behind this trillion dollar industry?
Currently however if you are 18 and join the Marines here is all the benefits you will receive: http://www.military.com/Recruiting/Content/0,13898,rec_step04_questions_usmc,,00.html#benefits
Steady Income: You are paid twice a month, on the 1st and 15th, every month, based on your pay grade and service requirements.
Advancement: You are promoted based on job knowledge, your performance, time in pay grade and service requirements.
Paid Vacation: You earn 2.5 days paid vacation per month for a total of 30 days each year up to 60 days.
Training: You choose your career path based on your aptitude, physical abilities, security clearance, motivation and determination.
Health Care: While on active duty, you will receive complete medical and dental care at no cost.
Life Insurance: Active duty members select up to $200,000 in term life insurance for $18 per month.
Allowances: You may also receive additional tax-free money for Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) if government housing is not available; Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS), if government food facilities are not available in the area you are stationed; and a uniform allowance (for enlisted personnel only) to help maintain your uniform.
Tax Advantage: Only your basic monthly pay is subject to Federal or State income tax.
GI Bill: The Montgomery GI Bill will help pay for college education or vocational training.
Tuition Assistance: While on active duty, you may continue your education, and may be helped in defraying the cost of college-accredited courses.
Additional Benefits: There are exchange and commissary privileges, moving allowances, temporary lodging expenses, travel, survivor benefits, Veterans Administration home loans and more.
Why should the military receive better benefits than our average working force? Should we all have to join the military so that we have a roof over our heads, food, and health care? Isn't it the Government & militarys job to ensure quality of life of the people they serve & protect?
Statistics show here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basic_needs Professor Chris Sarlo, an economist at Nipissing University in North Bay, Canada and a senior fellow of the Fraser Institute, uses Statistics Canada's socio-economic databases, particularly the Survey of Household Spending to determine the cost of a list of household necessities. The list includes food, shelter, clothing, health care, personal care,essential furnishings, transportation and communication, laundry, home insurance, and miscellaneous; it assumes that education is provided freely to all residents of Canada. This is calculated for various communities across Canada and adjusted for family size. With this information, he determines the proportion of Canadian households that have insufficient income to afford those necessities. Since the early 1970s, the poverty rate has declined from about 12% of Canadian households to about 5%.
According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poverty_in_the_United_States the U.S. Census Bureau data released Tuesday September 13th, 2011, the nation's poverty rate rose to 15.1% in 2010, up from 14.3% (approximately 43.6 million) in 2009 and to its highest level since 1993. In 2008, 13.2% (39.8 million) Americans lived in relative poverty. The government's definition of poverty is not tied to an absolute value of how much an individual or family can afford, but is tied to a relative level based on total income received.
The definition of poverty is: the state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support; condition of being poor. Poverty denotes serious lack of the means for proper existence
According to http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/is-america-becoming-the-land-of-the-part-time-job-most-of-the-jobs-that-are-being-created-are-part-time-jobs-and-some-companies-are-going-to-a-part-time-only-policy Part Time jobs are the majority of jobs in the U.S. and many companies are establishing no-full time policies except for the store manager.
This is unethical!!
To create a workforce that is in the best interest of the peoples well being this act will also establish equality for part-timers with full-timers. Part-timers should be guaranteed at least 15-30 hours a week with health care benefit options unless the "employee" chooses not to take them or chooses to work less hours. This is to ensure a part-time employee has enough hours to meet the minimum standards of living.