Yesterday, we asked you how raising the minimum wage would affect you and the people you know. We’ve had a huge response from our AFL-CIO mobile supporters. Here’s a small sample of what you’ve said so far.
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- I can finally get off food stamps and heat and energy assistance. I work 4-plus hours a week and have 10-plus years’ experience. A world of differences would be in my life.
- I myself. If the minimum wage would be raised, I would not have to live in an abusive relationship. I don’t make enough money to be able to get out on my own.
- Yes, I would be affected personally by the minimum wage increase. Increasing the minimum wage would allow me to get back to school and continue my education!
- Yes, my son would be affected. He is a single dad, works 40 hours per week but still struggles to provide a home and pay his bills. His quality of life would improve.
- My daughter is a waitress. She is also a single mom. She has a really hard time making ends meet. The minimum wage for tipped workers is shameful.
- Even as a college graduate I am often stuck in sorry low-wage jobs paying barely $8 an hour and that offer, at best, irregular part-time hours and no benefits.
- I have dozens of friends that would be able to pay their bills and invest in the future of their families if the minimum wage started to become a living wage.
- As a landlord it would benefit my tenants, myself and surrounding business. My tenants that currently struggle to pay rent, a pay raise would help them.
- Yes, my children, who are also parents trying to make ends meet. My son who is a vet and my daughter is currently enrolled in school.
- I live in the Bronx where the politicians tell everyone employment is getting better, but all I see is Wall St. and the bankers doing well.
- Everyone who works for hourly or any wages will benefit from the boost that the economy gets when low-wage workers have more to spend.
- It would help my two brothers greatly. They both are security guards, and they only make $7.20 an hour to protect someone’s property. Is that all it’s worth to them?