Minimalism:
Why The Minimum Wage Should
Be Increased.
By Lorenzo Cannon-Umstead
Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.co...
•Minimum Wage Introduced To
The United States in 1938:
$4.10 (In Todays Dollars)
•Minimum Wage Today: 7.25/
hour. Equals t...
•If the Working Class does
not fight to raise the
Minimum Wage, the working
class will always be exploited
and oppressed by...
Exploited?
• The working class is exploited
because they produce the most labor
out of any class in this country. But
some...
Oppressed?
• The working class is oppressed because
systems like capitalism and minimum wage
works to oppress the working ...
Take Action
• In order to fight this oppression, individually or
collectively, the working class needs to
demonstrate at th...
Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/20561948@N00/4811539545/">spike55151</a> via <a
href="http://compfight.c...
Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/
54139265@N00/9402829566/">Annette Bernhardt</a> via <a href="http://
c...
Just Think....Ask...
• $7.25/an hour equals out to almost
$15,000 a year. Is that suitable to live
off of?
Friday, October...
• Some of these corporations are
worth Billions of dollars, the people
who are employed, that lay most of
the groundwork f...
•Is This Not Exploitation Of
Labor? Is This Not
Oppression?
Friday, October 11, 2013
Is It Enough?
• $15,000/ annually is not enough to
live off of. Especially if this household
has children. In fact living ...
Is This Fair Equity?
•No. Fair Equity acts in
propriety and rightness. It is
not impartial or bias.
Minimum wage acts in b...
Is This Not
Exploitation?
• This is exploitation.The labor of the
proletariat class is exploited through their
work.This i...
Capitalism
•Capitalism in theory is
perfect. Its just when it is
put in to action, these types
of evils take place and sha...
Public Officials are for the increase of
Minimum Wage.
• According to Wing (2013), Sen. Elizabeth Warren
(D-Mass.) made a c...
Small Business are in favor of
the increase.
• Klein (2013) Says, President Barack Obama’s recent proposal
to raise the fe...
An end to Income Inequality.
• Cooper (2013) found the following: A minimum wage of $7.25 is not
enough to live on. Full-t...
•Based on my research, I
am not the only one who
feels this way.The system
we live in is not equitable
and I believe it is...
• Until the working class fights to get what
they truly deserve, they will always be
oppressed in this system until the day...
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  1. 1. Minimalism: Why The Minimum Wage Should Be Increased. By Lorenzo Cannon-Umstead Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/37646391@N00/2264155856/">Harrison Brooks</a> via <a href="http:// compfight.com">Compfight</a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/help/general/#147">cc</a> Friday, October 11, 2013
  2. 2. •Minimum Wage Introduced To The United States in 1938: $4.10 (In Todays Dollars) •Minimum Wage Today: 7.25/ hour. Equals to about a $15,000 Salary Annually. Friday, October 11, 2013
  3. 3. •If the Working Class does not fight to raise the Minimum Wage, the working class will always be exploited and oppressed by the Capitalist system. Friday, October 11, 2013
  4. 4. Exploited? • The working class is exploited because they produce the most labor out of any class in this country. But somehow they manage to receive the lowest of wages from the Million dollar companies they work for. Friday, October 11, 2013
  5. 5. Oppressed? • The working class is oppressed because systems like capitalism and minimum wage works to oppress the working class.The Bourgeoisie class or the higher income classes depends on the hard work and labor of the working class so that they can keep their high income.This is called oppression. I have personal experience with this based on the company’s I have worked for. Friday, October 11, 2013
  6. 6. Take Action • In order to fight this oppression, individually or collectively, the working class needs to demonstrate at their places of employment and write letters to those who serve in high office within their companies and those in public office in their respective municipalities and/or states. Friday, October 11, 2013
  7. 7. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/20561948@N00/4811539545/">spike55151</a> via <a href="http://compfight.com">Compfight</a> <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">cc</ a> Friday, October 11, 2013
  8. 8. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ 54139265@N00/9402829566/">Annette Bernhardt</a> via <a href="http:// compfight.com">Compfight</a> <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/ 2.0/">cc</a>Friday, October 11, 2013
  9. 9. Just Think....Ask... • $7.25/an hour equals out to almost $15,000 a year. Is that suitable to live off of? Friday, October 11, 2013
  10. 10. • Some of these corporations are worth Billions of dollars, the people who are employed, that lay most of the groundwork for these company receives the lowest of wages. Is this equitable? Friday, October 11, 2013
  11. 11. •Is This Not Exploitation Of Labor? Is This Not Oppression? Friday, October 11, 2013
  12. 12. Is It Enough? • $15,000/ annually is not enough to live off of. Especially if this household has children. In fact living of of $15,000 per year is living well below the poverty line. Friday, October 11, 2013
  13. 13. Is This Fair Equity? •No. Fair Equity acts in propriety and rightness. It is not impartial or bias. Minimum wage acts in being impartial and unfair. Friday, October 11, 2013
  14. 14. Is This Not Exploitation? • This is exploitation.The labor of the proletariat class is exploited through their work.This is what capitalism does.The work of the lower class is depended on by the rich, and/or the One Percent. Friday, October 11, 2013
  15. 15. Capitalism •Capitalism in theory is perfect. Its just when it is put in to action, these types of evils take place and shape. Friday, October 11, 2013
  16. 16. Public Officials are for the increase of Minimum Wage. • According to Wing (2013), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) made a case for increasing the minimum wage last week during a Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions hearing, in which she cited a study that suggested the federal minimum wage would have stood at nearly $22 an hour today if it had kept up with increased rates in worker productivity. • She also stated,“with a minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, what happened to the other $14.75? It sure didn't go to the worker." (Wing, 2013). • Wing, Nick . "Elizabeth Warren: Minimum Wage Would Be $22 An Hour If It Had Kept Up With Productivity." Breaking News and Opinion on The Huffington Post. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Oct. 2013. <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/18/elizabeth-warren- minimum-wage_n_2900984.html>. Friday, October 11, 2013
  17. 17. Small Business are in favor of the increase. • Klein (2013) Says, President Barack Obama’s recent proposal to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 an hour by the end of 2015 has an unlikely ally: a sizable swath of America’s 6 million small employers. Historically, lobbyists representing small business almost unanimously condemned any increases in the federal minimum wage, arguing employers would be forced to fire workers. Now, with public anger over income inequality deepening and economic research challenging the notion that higher wages suppress employment, a growing number of small business advocates support a hike. (Klein, 2013). • Klein, Karen E.. "Higher Minimum Wage? Small Business Doesn't Mind - Businessweek." Businessweek - Business News, Stock market & Financial Advice. Businessweek, 21 Feb. 2013. Web. 4 Oct. 2013. <http:// www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-02-21/higher-minimum-wage-small-business-doesnt-mind>. Friday, October 11, 2013
  18. 18. An end to Income Inequality. • Cooper (2013) found the following: A minimum wage of $7.25 is not enough to live on. Full-time minimum-wage workers today earn about $15,000 a year. In 1968, they earned about $20,000 per year in today's dollars.While certainly not enough for a life of luxury, it is enough for a family of three to stay above the poverty line – which can't be said for today's minimum-wage workers.Many of these workers have to rely on public assistance such as food stamps or the earned income tax credit, because their wages are simply too low. Programs like the EITC are important protections against poverty, but we shouldn't let them act as subsidies to low-wage employers, who currently pay lower wages because the American taxpayer will make up the difference.We need to re-establish the basic labor standard that if you work full time, you'll earn at least enough to get by. If we raised the federal minimum wage to $10 per hour, nearly 30 million American workers would get a raise, nine million of whom are parents.And contrary to popular misconception, most of these workers are not teenagers working part time: 88 percent are at least 20 years old, and 55 percent work full time. (Cooper, 2013). • Cooper, David. "Raising the Minimum Wage Will Reduce Income Inequality - US News and World Report." US News & World Report | News & Rankings | Best Colleges, Best Hospitals, and more. N.p., 10 May 2013. Web. 4 Oct. 2013. <http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2013/05/10/raising-the-minimum- wage-will-reduce-income-inequality>. •Friday, October 11, 2013
  19. 19. •Based on my research, I am not the only one who feels this way.The system we live in is not equitable and I believe it is set up this way for certain individuals to fail and some to succeed. Friday, October 11, 2013
  20. 20. • Until the working class fights to get what they truly deserve, they will always be oppressed in this system until the day they die. Friday, October 11, 2013

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