Negative Effects Of Raising The Wage

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Raising the Wage: Negative Outcomes.

Rachael Francisco earns just above the minimum wage working at a local fast food establishment, and she needs every penny. Like most Americans, she struggles to make ends meet, making Rachael feel like she is falling even further behind. With her current wages, getting to the point where she could scrape by paycheck to paycheck would be more of an improvement than where she is right now. Every day she wonders, do I have money for gas? My rent? Rachael, like the millions of Americans around her, thinks she needs a raise. A raise, all though small, could be the deciding factor that sends millions of Americans into joblessness and poverty.
The forty-fourth president of the United States, President Barrack
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Every American job seeker must start somewhere, ask any successful business owner or CEO. Many teenagers get these low skilled jobs because that’s exactly what they are, first step jobs in order to build the character to continue in the working world. Norm Brodsky received a gold Azbee award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors and is a graduate of Rider College and Brooklyn Law School. Brodsky had this to say about the concept of entry-level jobs and their importance to beginning a career, “I realize that these types of changes will have some negative consequences, both for businesses like mine and for society as a whole. Entry-level, minimum-wage jobs are the first rung on the ladder you have to climb to have a career” (Brodsky). Raising the minimum wage will make the job market more competitive. These minimum wage jobs are intended to shape a worker, gain confidence, and put gas money in a full-time student’s vehicle. When these jobs are viewed as what they are now, full-time family supporters, that’s when debates will arise. The depletion of these low-skilled jobs will have a negative impact on the opportunities a young, confident, job seeker could seek. Without these starter jobs, low-skilled workers and teenage students will be hurt the most. Which is ironic due to the fact that the whole idea of raising the minimum wage is to help these …show more content…
Americans are fooled into thinking that raising the minimum wage is as simple as a law being passed. The thoughts of the nation are heavily in favor of raising the minimum wage in order to make life easier on the people using those low skilled jobs to support a family. The belief is raising the minimum wage will result in more jobs for those currently unemployed, and will get more money into the pockets of the lower and middle classes. Americans fail to realize that companies pay for productivity. Once a lower skilled worker gets a raise, the people above them will be looking for a pay increase as well. Sherk had this to say about the job market and the process of paying for productivity, “Companies pay for productivity. Neither McDonald’s nor Google nor any other firm will pay its employees more than the value they create. Higher minimum wages make it harder for unskilled workers to get started in the job market” (Sherk). Sherk’s comments warn of a future with a higher minimum wage. The truth about companies is that they pay for productivity, and a higher minimum wage will force many low-skilled workers out of a job. A minimum wage increase will only shut the door of opportunity for low-skilled workers and eventually will disallow for students to get started in the job market. David K. Shipler is the author of The Working Poor: Invisible in America and a graduate of

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