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Nickel and Dimed

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Barbara Ehrenreich Nickel and Dimed A minimum wage hike to $10.50 an hour would help struggling Americans to succeed. David Merline Leah Konen "A person would need two or more minimum wage jobs, one low paying job is not enough to live on." -Merline Other expenses are not even included, such as groceries, utilities, and transportation. Wages are too low and rents are too high. "People who work for a living should be able to make a living from their work." -Owens Approximately 4.4 million Americans, 6% of all hourly workers, earned wages at or below the federal minimum in 2010. Getting by in America: Can people survive with a minimum wage job? "Unless I want to live in my car, I need a second job." Barbara Ehrenreich "When you start selling your time by the hour, you are actually selling your life away." "The more you think you can do, the more an employer will use you and abuse you." "Work hard and you get ahead," does not work anymore. You just sink deeper into poverty and debt. "The American dream is a fantasy, a person cannot survive for a long lifetime earning minimum wage." - Ehrenreich Mary Kay Henry and Christine L. Owens Working at minimum wage, Americans cannot keep families fed and clothed. Minimum wage stuck at $7.25 an hour or $15,080 year for a forty hour week as prices rise. CEO'S and corporations profit while middle-class jobs are lost to low-wage work. Range of 63 hours to 175 hours "As anyone who has worked for minimum wage knows, no employer paying minimum wage will allow you to work that many hours, because they don't want to have to pay for health insurance." -Merline The federal minimum wage is actually 25% lower today than it was in 1968. "Almost no one earning minimum wage would be able to pay the national median rent for housing costs." -Konen Trent Smith Live in a rural area. Don't drive. Find free stuff. Minimize your possessions. Educate yourself. Don't be proud. Don't give up the dream. Richard Eskow 66% of low-wage employees work for companies with over 100 employees. The leading companies are Wal-Mart, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, KFC, McDonald's, and Staples. These companies have the money, they just don't want to spend it. Weak minimum wage increases poverty and shatters families. Raising the minimum wage creates jobs and provides an economic stimulus. Works Cited Be Reel Pictures. “The Breadline Trailer.” YouTube. 15 Dec. 2011.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gsReXMyTE8. 14 Jan. 2013.

Ehrenreich, Barbara. Nickel and Dimed: On (not) Getting by in America. New York: Metropolitan, 2001.

Eskow, Richard. "The Minimum Wage Is So Low That It's Immoral." The Minimum Wage Is So Low That It's Immoral. The Huffington Post, 22 July 2012. Web. 4 Jan. 2013. <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rj-eskow/minimum-wage-so-low_b_1693614.html>.

Henry, Mary Kay, and Christine L. Owens. "Hardworking Americans Should Not Be Living in Poverty." CNN. Cable News Network, 25 July 2012. Web. 04 Jan. 2013. <http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/25/opinion/henry-owens-minimum-wage/index.html>.

Konen, Leah. "How Well Can You Live on Minimum Wage?" How Well Can You Live on Minimum Wage? The Fiscal Times, 5 Apr. 2012. Web. 4 Jan. 2013. <http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2012/04/05/How-Well-Can-You-Live-on-Minimum-Wage.aspx#page1>.

Lee, Bobby. “2 Minute Finance.” YouTube. 15 Dec. 2011. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzLNpL488Gk. 14 Jan. 2013.

Merline, David. "Can You Live On Minimum Wage?" Web2Carz.com. N.p., 5 June 2012. Web. 4 Jan. 2013.

Trent. "Ten Steps To Financial Success For A Minimum Wage Earner | The Simple Dollar." The Simple Dollar. N.p., 7 Oct. 2007. Web. 07 Jan. 2013. <http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2007/10/07/ten-steps-to-financial-success-for-a-minimum-wage-earner/>. Minimum Wage: The lowest hourly wage an employer is required to pay an employee. Federal Minimum Wage: $7.25 Maine's Minimum Wage: $7.50 There have been no changes in the minimum wage since 2009. The federal minimum wage has been raised only 22 times. 2 Minute Finance
Bobby Lee California's Minimum Wage: $8.00 In San Francisco: Work a 40 hour work week with minimum wage of $10.24, receive $1860.40 per month. However, it costs $1885 to rent a one bedroom apartment. Taxes, food, healthcare, debt, transportation, and loans are not included. $12.00 minimum wage in San Francisco will allow people to afford their own apartment. Breadline Trailer Food back usage has increased 46% in the past four years. 36% of food bank users have at least one working adult in the household. 20% of American adults have jobs that earn $10.65 an hour or less. 49.1 million people lived below the poverty line in 2010.
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