BY Julia Zdrojewski
on Oct 28, 2014
Nov. 4 marks midterm elections in the United States, and MoveOn is one organization that wants to make sure everybody gets out to vote!
MoveOn is a community of 8 million Americans who share the common goal of winning campaigns for progressive change. The organization is asking for volunteers at its field offices to come in, step up for progress, and call women voters located in important battleground states, like Colorado, Iowa and North Carolina, to make sure everyone votes and has his or her voice heard this November. Read More
When I was still in high school, I showed up to my first day of my first ever job so nervous that I promptly threw up in the bathroom and went home. Stories of my mother’s salad days at the Magic Pan had, for me, gilded black aprons and slip resistant shoes; there was no higher grace than that of a good waitress. With agility, speed, control, and a bit of prescience and good humor, she is universally capable (in cases of zombie attacks or overcooked patties). Read More
BY Lex Ellenthal
on Jul 30, 2014
Recently for a Funny or Die video, actress Kristen Bell played a pissed off Mary Poppins. While her accent was a little off, she hit the mark precisely in the message of the video, which was that the minimum wage is not a living wage. Now, if you put aside the fact that Mary Poppins would be living in the UK, where the 2013 minimum wage was £6.31 (about $10.70), and the fact that the movie took place in 1910, our favorite nanny is facing a major issue of modern America. With $7.25 as the minimum wage in most places in the US, far too many people are struggling to get by. Read More
BY Oriana Asano
on Apr 13, 2014
Want to know how hard it is just to make it through a month on nine dollars an hour as a single mom? Now you can with the game Spent. The object of this computer game, designed by the Urban Ministries of Durham and an advertising firm called McKinney, is to basically keep yourself and your kids alive. You do this by juggling your job, keeping up with house related errands, and making sure your child is getting everything he/she needs. All the while, you must pay off rent, groceries, and insurance. Read More
BY Andrea Stopa
on Apr 02, 2014
Waitresses are terribly under appreciated -- not only are they bombarded with demanding customers, required to work odd and varied hours, and stink like cooking after their shifts, they also rely on tips to make a living wage, as they are paid next to nothing hourly. That's why watching this endearing waitress have the best shift of her life is so satisfying. Be prepared to smile and maybe shed a few happy-tears:
The Chelsea in the video is Chelsea Roff, founder of Eat, Breath, Thrive. Read More
BY Diana Denza
on Jul 06, 2012
The summer after I graduated from college, I worked 40 hours per week at minimum wage. Even with the buffer of being on my parents’ healthcare plan and living with relatives, it was difficult to get by. After shelling out cash for loans, food, transportation, and clothing, I had little to show in my bank account afterward.
I couldn’t imagine paying rent, much less raising a family on minimum wage. Nevertheless, millions of Americans–4.4 million to be exact–get by on these wages, according to The Fiscal Times.
Not that it matters to Florida Representative C.W. Read More