Alan,We recognize that $9.50 is not enough for an individual, let alone a parent supporting a couple kids, to live on. But it's a start for 2014 and we support the current House bill which would increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.50. We agree with the Governor that we would "settle" for $9.50 in 2014 as a way to move the wage floor up for working families but much more needs to be done -- including ensuring predictable hours every week that a worker can count on, paid sick days and indexing this wage annually for inflation.
You see, Kathleen; it is not up to you to make deals and compromises with the Governor. Each and everyone of the unions backing your organization has been engaged in bargaining away the rights and livelihoods of the workers they represent.
I don't recall any workers receiving these poverty wages having given you or these unions the right to bargain away their livelihoods with Governor Dayton.
Well; you know what? I might circulate a petition calling for everyone on the public payroll--- from politicians to state employees--- to be paid the same $9.50 an hour. I bet I can get a lot more signatures on this kind of petition.
What is this obstacle?
You are marching and demonstrating all over the state calling for a "living wage." Why do you lead people to think you are for a living wage when you are supporting a poverty wage?
The "increase" you are proposing won't even cover the increased cost of Obamacare let alone meet the increased prices of food, gas, and home heating fuels which people can't afford now.
From: Alan Maki [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Sunday, December 01, 2013 10:27 AM
To: Paul Marquart
Subject: Let's talk about "cost-of-living" and the Minimum Wage.http://www.unionbook.org/
profiles/blogs/let-s-talk- about-cost-of-living-and-the- minimum-wage?xg_source= activityPlease feel free to circulate widely; if Kathleen Blake responds I will provide her response on my blog. Alan L. Maki---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Alan Maki <alan.maki1951mn@gmail.
Date: Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 12:32 AM
Subject: Re: Rally, March and Demonstration in Grand Rapids, Minnesota to increase the Minimum Wage
To: Kathleen Blake <kathleen@takeactionminnesota.