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  • Life Struggle On Minimum Wage Sometimes Life
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    Life Struggle on Minimum Wage Sometimes life isn't always as easy as getting a job, making money and paying you bills. In her fascinating book on extended essays Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich poses as an unskilled worker to show the struggles encountered everyday by Americans attempting to live on minimum wage, "matching income to expenses as the truly poor attempting to do everyday". (6) Ehrenreich gave herself three rules she had to live by and they were: 1. She could not use her educat...
  • Evidence Of Household Budgets
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    Measurements of the historical 'standard of living' have formed a major preoccupation for social and economic historians for more than a century. The debate over the standard of living has been dominated by two broad groups of historians. Those who have thought that general living standards improved during the period of classic industrial revolution (roughly between 1780-1850), and those who have claimed that the welfare of people underwent a general decline. Those who have assumed an improvemen...
  • Living Wage In 1984
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    According to Kraut, Klinger, and Collins' article, "Choosing the High Road", in the 1980's established a significant gap between the living wage and minimum wage. Both living and minimum wages have about a two dollar difference, as oppose the pervious years, and the difference is only increasing. In 1985, minimum wage was about three dollars and the living wage was around five; this was approximately at the time of the Hormel / P-9 controversy. Not only was the alteration between both living and...
  • Agricultural Wage Laborers Uprising Of 1830
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    Hobsbawm, E.J. and Rude, George (1975) Captain Swing. New York, NY: W.W. Norton and Company, Inc., 384 pp. Captain Swing is an enjoyable collaboration between E.J. Hobsbawm and George Rude that depicts the social history of the English agricultural wage-laborers' uprising of 1830. According to Hobsbawm and Rude, historiography of the laborers' rising of 1830 is negligible. Most of what is known by the general public comes from J.L. And Barbara Hammond's The Village Laborer published in 1911. The...
  • Minimum Wage And A Living Wage
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    The living wage initiative is a movement to pull the many families living at the poverty line, due to the underdeveloped minimum wage, into an income bracket that will allow them to provide basic needs for themselves. In order to completely understand the fuel behind the living wage initiative movement, the insufficiency of the current minimum wage, the people that would be benefiting from the ordinances, and how successful the programs might have and the future possibilities they might offer, m...
  • Low Wage Jobs
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    The division of labor in today's America can be described in a simple pyramid. At the top of the pyramid are the corporate presidents who depend on individual owners to keep the profits up. The middle section of the pyramid includes the managers of each store, responsible for maintaining employee productivity. The bottom of the pyramid contains the most abundant and expendable block, the low-wage workers. If one level does not function properly, the overall workforce cannot prosper. The problem ...

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