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#minimum wage
shirecorn · 6 months
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GOD I wish the minimum wage was a living wage.
I'm not flipping burgers, I'm cleaning litterboxes and doing basic vet care like checking weights, administering medicine, bathing, using IVs, keeping records, making lists, doing photography, and way way more. But the point is even if I was just cleaning litterboxes... I love the work. I wish I could pay rent. Shouldn't I be able to clean litterboxes and feed cats who were rescued from the streets and do that fulfilling wonderful work without wondering where I'm going to live?
Shouldn't someone be able to flip burgers, make art, clean up trash, care for the oceans, teach your children, or rescue animals without being forced to choose between their job and their bills?
What if I don't WANT to climb the ladder and use my degree and search for high stress high pay jobs in order to live? What if I want the high stress job of seeing a kitten crashing below survivable temperature and bringing them back from the brink of death, knowing that I'm the only thing standing between this homeless, unwanted kitten and an early grave?
Shouldn't that be enough? Shouldn't I be able to afford food and rent by doing that?
I don't want to work at a vet office that can give me steady pay increases. I want to work here, with cats who have no owners, nursing them back to health and helping pick their forever home. I want the infrastructure to support me in doing that. I want the laws to say I can and have programs in place to make it so my shelter CAN support me. I want rent to reflect wages. I want wages to reflect rent.
I want to help the world and be able to survive doing it. I want to thrive doing it. I want that for everyone.
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saywhat-politics · 9 months
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politijohn · 2 years
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sonicrainbooms · 2 years
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Hey, Americans! Support fast food workers, don’t cross the picket line. No fast food on Feb 16.
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mysharona1987 · 2 years
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odinsblog · 2 years
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Me, whenever I see businesses complaining about “lazy workers” because they won’t work low paying minimum wage jobs:
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Hundreds walked from near the Manitoba Legislature down Portage Avenue on Monday for the annual Labour Day March & Picnic in Winnipeg.
Kevin Rebeck, president of the Manitoba Federation of Labour, said the day was about celebrating gains made by the labour movement, as well as highlighting areas where there is still room for advancement in the fight for workers' rights.
The labour organization wants the Stefanson government to consider going beyond its recent $15-hour minimum wage increase commitment amid the rising cost of living due to inflation.
"I have to admit, if you told me back in 2016 that this government was going to make minimum wage $15 an hour, I would've been happy then," Rebeck told a crowd of supporters.
"But we've seen inflation and the increases to the cost of living since then and that just doesn't cut it…What families are facing, a living wage is closer to $20 than $15."
Continue Reading.
Tagging: @politicsofcanada
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caffeinewitchcraft · 7 months
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An elderly woman (late 70s, early 80s) came into the coffee shop I work at to order two frappuccinos for her and her granddaughter who was waiting outside. I was working on something else and didn’t take her order, but I thought it was sweet they were on a little outing together.
The problem arose when her order came out and she was upset to find one of her drinks was wrong. She insisted on what she had ordered (a combination of two fraps) but we had made what she asked for. It just wasn’t what she wanted.
Because of my former work, I’ve dealt with a lot of elderly and I realized what was happening. She had ordered her usual order of a caramel frap but then had ordered her granddaughter’s drink as a strawberry-caramel-frap.  Some older folks won’t recall the meaning of words as readily as they used to. To her, her usual order of “caramel frap” just meant “frap.” So the color was off (because it had coffee in it) and she noticed that it was different than what she wanted. She probably didn’t even realize she was saying “caramel” when ordering the strawberry frap.
A barista made her order for her, a regular strawberry frap, while a few of us chatted with her about her day. By the time she left, the anxiety of receiving the wrong drink was gone and she was laughing.
And it makes me feel great that we were able to give her that experience today. In a fast paced environment like the coffee shop, it can be difficult to really listen to customers, especially those who aren’t able to communicate clearly at times. I’m grateful that my team had the time and space to solve the miscommunication with compassion and understanding so that the customer didn’t have to carry that frustration with her for the rest of the day.
It’s a shame that the way labor is managed in the food/bev industry has changed and is continuing to change in ways that mean we can’t offer that to everyone. When you’re handling 100+ orders per hour, there is no way to reasonably expect a minimum wage employee to have the bandwidth for those sort of conversations.
And, not to talk myself in a circle, but it’s human to want to be compassionate. I’m proud to work with such kind people, but it is absolutely not their job to extend that to all customers.  So the fact that “good customer service” demands they be understanding and nice to everyone is actually gross, especially considering the insane volume of work they’re expected to juggle on top of that.
Working in this coffee shop is like going through a villain origin story every single day.
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saywhat-politics · 1 year
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politijohn · 3 months
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7,600,000 people out of poverty
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When workers ask for a livable wage.
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mysharona1987 · 6 months
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