Living Wages

Would it be great if we lived in a society where company owners cared be about making a living and not making a fortune? Wouldn’t it be great if company profits were shared with all workers so that they can have a better life? All people are deserving to live above the poverty level.

I remember how strange it was to go to work, dressed up professionally, organizing the Christmas Food Drive, as I did every year, knowing that that year I was getting a basket for my family because we were under the poverty level and we needed it to get through the holidays. A living wage should be considered a basic human right. No one should have to choose between food, medication or rent.

Every business owner arguing that paying workers a living wage will dramatically affect their personal profits should be absolutely humiliated and ashamed to admit that all this time their profits came from paying people a poverty wage and are effectively finding excuses for slavery. If your business cannot earn enough to pay your employees a living wage and make a profit, then it is not a viable business.

“Shame at our own dependence on the underpaid labor of others. When someone works for less pay than she can live on, when she goes hungry so that you can live more cheaply and conveniently, then she has made the sacrifice for you. The working poor are the major philanthropists of our society.” –  Barbara Ehrenreich

Take care of your people and they will take care of you. A concept so simple it’s frightening that most companies greed gets in their own way of their success. If only more employers thought this way….

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