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|02-23-2013, 02:53 PM||#262|
Member Since: Jul 2009
But you already knew that.
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|03-18-2013, 01:12 PM||#263|
Member Since: Sep 2002
Readers' stories: Life on $7.25 per hour - In Plain Sight
One divorced dad who asked us not to use his name described a grueling work life that yields a healthy income, but at a high personal cost:
I have a four year B.S. degree in Human Services and work three full-time jobs. Two of them are for minimal wage on overnight sleep positions. These jobs are just as hard as my day job. I am away from my home and sleep on a couch. I get up two to three times a night to check blood sugar levels. I am exhausted after my $7.25 hr sleep job. I have four young children. They need a dad around. That is why I work a day job when they are in school and then go back to work when they go to bed. But it takes 3 jobs to make ends meet because of $7.25 hr. I am 43 and have over 20 years experience and make $7.25 a hr. Not everyone making mimimal wage is a teenager living with their parents with little or no education or experience. ... If minimal wage goes up it would help me around $300 a month total. Would i take it? Of course. Will it happen? I wish........
And then there was this from Lorraine Fuentes in Florida, who reminded us that for a lot of people trying to make ends meet, minimum wage looks pretty good right now:
Ha, minimum wage would be good at this point! I recently lost my job due to my position being eliminated after 8 years... I was a Production Manager earning $70,000/yr. Unemployment max is $275/wk...how does one live on that? That is LESS than minimum!
I believe in helping people who canít help themselves. I do not believe in helping people who can help themselves. Instead of putting them on the dole, put them on the payroll.
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