Mind Your Business

Mind Your Business Week of 12-11-2013

Wages increase for Christmas?

Tis the season to be jolly! You know the words… I hope you’re not allowing this season stress you out. This is the time of the year for many things that can affect your state of mind. Money is the one of the main factors of stress and depression, not being able to buy all the toys for the kids and gifts for other family members can work on one’s nerves. Do we ever take time to be thankful for everything we do have, be it great or small? I realize stress and distress are often related to worrying about what’s going to happen or what didn’t happen in the past. Many people have had to cut back on holiday gifts. Some have learned to be creative, making things and giving those items as gifts. Some families decide to draw names and each person buys for that one person. I am sitting around thinking about the people picketing for a higher salary, for minimum wage to increase; I can’t help to feel for them. But, I also wonder what will be the overall effect. If McDonald’s workers are paid $15/hour, will the cost of my Big Mac now be like $8 or 9? I am sure they will have to raise prices to offset the cost of doing business. Times are very hard and I do understand that, but what cost are we willing pay? Take time to ask yourself… Would I rather work a consistent 40 hours a week at the $7.50 rate or get a $15/hour job and face being laid off or cut back because they can’t afford to pay at all? Well you know my answer is the $7.50 for sure, and keep some money coming in because jobs are hard to come by these days and the economy is not the same. Remember if you got mad at your boss you could quit one job and have another the same week? Not anymore people with Master Degree’s are working in many not so high paying jobs just to support their family. Have you ever noticed those who brag about how smart they are and how much sense they have are the main ones who can’t keep a job or get a job. If they are as smart as they think, why will no one hire them? Funny those are the very same ones who complain about everything. In life, I wish I could have had a silver spoon in my mouth. I would be full. It seems as if I have worked forever, 40 years of my life, and I’m still not able to retire. I accept that and have no one to blame but myself. I am laughing because I hear people say they leaving a job because they had enough and be right back the next morning like everybody else. The movement to raise the wage is mostly coming from the fast-food workers and they have been pushing for increasing for a year. To go along with the raise of higher wages, workers in the fast-food places like McDonald’s and Wendy’s want to start unions with not being fired. The movement was supported recently by President Barrack Obama, who said in a speech Wednesday in Washington, D.C., that he would back a Senate measure to increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. The last raise came but everyone at the $7.25. The concern again would be keeping a job. If you are making $12 an hour now, and the minimum wage increase to $15, would your job increase wages for all the workers and also not cut hours or days? If you end up only working three days a week behind the raise, is the fight worth it to you? Ohio’s minumn wage is $7.95 for those who do not get tips, up and $3.98 for those who do get tips. For employees at smaller companies and for 14- and 15-year-olds, the state minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. Those employees’ wage is set at the federal minimum wage, which requires an act of Congress and approval from the president to change. Laughing with a co-worker about the economy, she stated some people have to open McDonald’s and close Wendy’s to make things meet for them. You do what you have to do to pay your bills. So the basis of what I am saying is keep your head up and don’t let the holiday season bring you down. For many of us it will be hard because this will the first Christmas without love ones. for me, my mother. Don’t let your stress be a reason to equate holidays with family problems. Have a good time with your family and friends and enjoy the season, but most of all make sure you ‘mind your business.’

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