Here is an excellent investigation explaining why minimum wages are not working and the lower class getting poorer as time goes, which consolidates social ghetto-like stratification and creating even more racism. Should the minimum wages become strictly enforced, it will only make the matter worse and accelerate the automation of society… so either or, there is a massive tidal wave approaching.
The only valid response should be to dismantle corporations and deeply ponder our rapport with money, but since most people can’t even think in those terms yet, they’d rather blame opponent groups. Indeed going after those that feed us, seems way too risky. That’s the black magic of money, we end up supporting crimes against humanity which leads to hopelessness, because we care too much about our own survival… Darwin for humans is not working… this is not an economic debate but philosophical…. or should we say metaphilosophical?
With American workers already struggling against stagnant wages, declining union strength, and vicious attacks by the Trump administration, a new investigation by Politico published Sunday found that low-wage employees in the United States are also contending with wage theft on a massive scale—a crisis that many states lack the resources or political will to address.
According to Politico’s Marianne Levine, who examined state minimum wage enforcement protocols over a period of nine months, “workers are so lightly protected that six states have no investigators to handle minimum-wage violations, while 26 additional states have fewer than 10 investigators.”
“Given the widespread nature of wage theft and the dearth of resources to combat it, most cases go unreported,” Levine adds. “Thus, an estimated $15 billion in desperately needed income for workers with lowest wages goes instead into the pockets of shady bosses.”
Levine acknowledges that some workers ultimately have success challenging the criminal behavior of their employers in court. But even these workers are frequently denied the wages they earned.
After surveying 15 states, Levine found that “41 percent of the wages that employers are ordered to pay back to their workers aren’t recovered.”
In an interview with Politico, Michael Hollander, staff attorney at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, argued that the violations uncovered by Levine’s investigation come as no surprise to labor advocates or low-wage workers themselves.
“Wage theft is the rule, not the exception, for low-wage workers,” Hollander said.
Given that many low-wage American workers can barely afford rent, any amount of money taken from a worker’s paycheck can have devastating consequences.’
Read more: ‘Shady Bosses’ Stealing $15 Billion in Wages from Low-Income Workers: Report https://www.commondreams.org/news/20…workers-report
Behind the minimum wage fight, a sweeping failure to enforce the law Raising hourly pay is a rallying cry for 2018, but states often fail to get workers the money that’s owed them. https://www.politico.com/story/2018/02/18/minimum-wage-not-enforced-investigation-409644
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