The Minimum Wage Increase is Not a Raise

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The Federal minimum wage is going to get a small bump in July.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor the new federal minimum wage will be set at $7.25 per hour effective July 24, 2009. Many states also have minimum wage laws. In cases where an employee is subject to both state and federal minimum wage laws, the employee is entitled to the higher minimum wage.

The federal minimum wage has not been raised in almost 10 years so it is about time that the standard is being raised.
What makes me upset about this is I have been hearing reports that employers are using this as an excuse not to give their employees the deserved pay increase which the workers EARNED!

If your boss / company is so cheap and low that the federal government has to step in to raise minimum wage before they will give a raise – there is something seriously wrong with them. The sad truth is that across the nation employers are taking advantage of their workers.

If your employer is claiming that the minimum wage increase in July is a raise explain to them that a raise is set based on your performance and/or time spent working with the company – ex; yearly raise.  Not because the government had to force your boss to give you a little extra money per hour. Then remind them that this ‘raise’ is still minimum wage which is the lowest wage that employers may legally pay to employees or workers so the company.

It is also good to know your Workplace Rights and if you feel your rights are being violated report them.

And now for the fun video…

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Jason Bayless

Jason Bayless is a life-long activist and is currently working at The Pachamama Alliance. When he is not working he spends, working with Center for Farmworker Families and spending his time recording shows, writing blogs, collecting 3D movies, and playing VR games.

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