Episode 16: Livable Wage

Host Sammy Ross and guest Marc Santos discuss the topic of Livable Wage.  ​​Minimum wage hasn’t gone up nationally in over a decade, while cost of living continues to climb.  On this episode we discuss the difference between minimum wage and livable wage, why tipped workers are most at risk for wage theft, and how inflation can work with or against our wages.

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For more on Minimum Wage: https://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2020/08/a-brief-history-of-the-minimum-wage/

For more on an in-depth look at the Tipped Minimum Wage: https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/poverty/reports/2021/03/30/497673/ending-tipped-minimum-wage-will-reduce-poverty-inequality/ 

For more on the Minimum Wage Debate: https://www.forbes.com/advisor/personal-finance/minimum-wage-debate/ 

For more on Dan Price and Gravity Payments: https://www.bbc.com/news/stories-51332811 

For more on the Pandemic, and large retailer’s profits: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/11/27/large-retailers-are-making-record-profits-but-not-paying-workers-more.html 

For more on sign-on bonuses and other restaurant chain employee incentives: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/07/11/these-restaurant-chains-have-raised-wages-or-offered-bonuses-.html 

For more on Costco and other Big Box Retailers: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jackkelly/2021/02/26/costco-increases-its-minimum-wage-to-16-an-hour-there-is-an-alarming-downside-that-needs-to-be-discussed/?sh=2377f0723ca6 

For more on Amazon’s wage increase for workers: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/28/technology/amazon-pay-increase.html 

For more on Sweden’s unions and Toys “R” Us: https://apnews.com/article/6d245065b3faaadc70e6eb77e3e5c20f

For more on the Raise the Wage Act of 2021: https://www.cnet.com/personal-finance/15-federal-minimum-wage-amendment-fails-in-senate-heres-what-you-should-know/

For more on Labor Unions: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/06/business/labor-unions-income-inequality.html 

For MIT’s Livable Wage Calculator: https://livingwage.mit.edu/ 

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