Democrats insist on a living wage
The Tennessee Democratic Party supports a $15.00/hour wage
for all workers.
Tennessee Democrats remember FDR's New Deal. The following is from the statement he gave when he signed into law the N.I.R.A (The National Industrial Recovery Act) on June 16, 1933.
In my Inaugural I laid down the simple proposition that nobody is going to starve in this country. It seems to me to be equally plain that no business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country. By "business" I mean the whole of commerce as well as the whole of industry; by workers I mean all workers, the white collar class as well as the men in overalls; and by living wages I mean more than a bare subsistence level - I mean the wages of decent living.
What are things like here in Tennessee?
Here's an article from WATE.com about the minimum wage in Tennessee. Highlights from the article:
- Tennessee has the highest proportion of minimum wage workers in the country. 7.4% of Tennessee workers earn the minimum wage or lower, as compared to 4.3% of workers nationwide. This information comes from the U.S. Census Current Population Survey, 2013
- We are one of five states that do not have a minimum wage law. The national minimum wage was last raised to 7.25, in 2009.
Here's a take on the Fight for 15 from a billionaire capitalist's point of view. Nick Hanauer has a lot to tell us here, so watch the whole 9 minutes. One interesting suggestion is that minimum wage laws should not be determined by geography, but rather by how profitable a corporation is.
What about the future? How can we even begin to demand higher wages for workers when outsourcing and automation have taken so many of our jobs? Have you ever despaired about your children's future, wondering how they'll be able to make a living in the age of automation, where so many jobs can be done by a computer? If your head has been in the sand, check this out: WILL ROBOTS TAKE MY JOB? The Universal Basic Income is one solution to this problem. Scott Santens has written a response to those who say that a Universal Basic Income is unconstitutional. What follows is an easy-to-understand introduction to the UBI by Robert Reich: