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The Minimum Wage Machine [Pic]

This machine allows anyone to work for minimum wage for as long as they like. Turning the crank on the side releases one penny every 4.97 seconds, for a total of $7.25 per hour. This corresponds to minimum wage for a person in New York. This piece is brilliant on multiple levels, particularly as social commentary. Without a doubt, most people who started operating the machine for fun would quickly grow disheartened and stop when realizing just how little they're earning by turning this mindless crank. A person would then conceivably realize that this is what nearly two million people in the United States do every day at much harder jobs than turning a crank. This turns the piece into a simple, yet effective argument for raising the minimum wage.

It`s a grind but is it a living?

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Male, 40-49, Southern US
 5478 Posts
Sunday, April 14, 2013 4:31:18 PM
patchouly-"What I'm saying is not that I feel I deserve something, but that you feel I don`t."

And the point you`re missing is that it`s not just you. I never claimed to deserve any of the jobs I was up for. Even when I was the most qualified, I didn`t feel I `deserved` the job.

Just because you have the experience, or the knowledge, or the schooling, does not mean you `deserve` anything.

What do I deserve? I deserve to get paid the agreed upon compensation and benefits that me and my employer worked out between us.

If I fail at my job, it can be argued that I `deserve` to lose said job. But at no time have I ever claimed to have `deserved` the job.

I MADE my job. I developed the systems, keep in running and make sure all the people necessary have the proper tools and training to accomplish the end-goal.

I got my job by being the most qualified, I KEEP it by being damn good at it.

Male, 30-39, Southern US
 227 Posts
Saturday, April 13, 2013 9:01:07 AM
On the flip-side, yes, I've seen non-union contractors do just as bad, but they either get better workers, or the company doesn`t last long.

Male, 30-39, Southern US
 227 Posts
Saturday, April 13, 2013 8:59:14 AM
And pointing out that people (like you, Whodat) think that they are better just because they are union members. I've never been union, and really don`t care to be. Care to discuss electrical theory? Care to discuss tips and tricks related to electrical work? I`m sure we both know a few things the other doesn`t, and I`m not really trying to say that I`m superior to you, just that I can hold my own against you. You get tired of people who have never been in a union bad-mouthing unions, and I get tired of people who are in unions thinking they are superior to non-union workers. I`ve been on jobsites before where the company I worked for (non-union) had to come in and straighten out mistakes made by, and catch up to the schedule badly behind by, a totally union contractor. We did all the control work on one such job, because the customer didn`t trust the union contractor to do it, with good reason. They made a total mess of most of what they did.

Male, 30-39, Southern US
 227 Posts
Saturday, April 13, 2013 8:44:25 AM
""Being union doesn't automatically make you better at a given job."

That`s true, but the same goes for the people like you and the guy who likes to yank my doodle who automatically assume that a union worker does nothing and gets paid for it. You just contradicted your entire argument by saying that."

No, Whodat, I didn`t contradict my entire argument by saying that. I did, perhaps, leave something out. Yes, there are really sorry non-union people, but they don`t tend to keep their jobs very long, unlike the sorry union ones. There are also extremely good people in unions. To some people, like me, work ethic is work ethic, union or not. I was simply pointing out that some people join unions, work well enough to get by until they get tenure, then become the sorriest people alive, because they know they can`t be fired for it. They couldn`t hold down a nice, cushy job like that without a union.

Male, 30-39, Southern US
 10253 Posts
Saturday, April 13, 2013 6:49:48 AM
Quick synopsis of what happened to my wife in her Union job.

After 3 years she was up for Tenure. She paid union dues the whole time as she was required.

The business she worked for fired her to avoid tenure. This is the reason they gave.

The Union did not protect her, because she was not a tenured employee, but took her dues for 3 years.


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