The Minimum Wage

Alright, I realize this is a topic that is everywhere these days. Company owners, whether family business or corporation want to make more and pay their employees less. As a working adult, I of course have my own opinion.

I recently went back to school and I have to work to cover the gap between student loans and expenses. I work as an EMT three days a week and go to school four days a week. My shifts are 12 hours long, so I get between 36 and 40 hours a week with overtime. Full time hours.

I live in the LA area with my boyfriend. We pay about $900 for rent on a tiny one bedroom. We have pets that require food and occasional vet visits. We have bills. There are my school expenses. My boyfriend’s student loans. The car payment. Insurance. Phone bills. The internet. Gas cost. Electricity. Food.

I make $11 an hour. This is a job that requires expensive certifications and continuing education. I do not work an entry level job at McDonald’s. I am a grow woman, not a high school kid looking for pocket change. $11 an hour after taxes means that twice a month I take home a little over $700. Round up and hope for extra hours and maybe I can say $1500 a month. My company calls me a per-diem employee, so I do not get any benefits.

To all the people against raising the minimum wage: why? You say it’ll kill businesses, but if we normal working people could afford to live, maybe we’d shop at your business or buy your product. I eat a lot of macaroni and cheese and peanut butter sandwiches and don’t go shopping for non-essentials. I’m not doing much to support an economy.

Maybe you say that I don’t deserve to make money. I don’t work hard enough to be allowed to support myself on my wages. It would hurt the company I work for if they had to pay wages that their employees could live on.

As a grown woman, I’ve had to run from an abusive relationship while at a minimum wage job. I lived in a friend’s car and then on a friend’s living room floor for months before I could save enough to rent a tiny bedroom in a horrible little house. This is a topic that hits close to home. A person should be able to live on what they can earn.

For everyone against it… Why? Treat others as you want to be treated.

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