Nader to Occupy: Help Raise the Minimum Wage by Chris Hedges

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by Chris Hedges
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Dandelion Salad
Feb. 27, 2012

The Occupy movement may be able to forge a powerful alliance with millions of working men and women around a national call to raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour. The drive to establish new encampments, while important, is going to be long and difficult. The ongoing efforts to stand up to the foreclosure and mortgage crisis, the marches to hold Wall Street accountable, the protests against stop-and-frisk policies in New York City or police brutality in Oakland, while vital, do not draw the numbers into the streets across the country needed to loosen the grip of the corporate state.

Some 70 percent of the public supports raising the minimum wage. This is an issue that resonates across political, ethnic, religious and cultural lines. It exposes the vast disparities in wealth and the gross inequalities imposed by our corporate oligarchy.


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Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His latest books are Death of the Liberal Class, and The World as It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.


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12 thoughts on “Nader to Occupy: Help Raise the Minimum Wage by Chris Hedges

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  12. Hi all! I would caution that there is another side to this one. I agree that the minimum wage is too low, but raising it by edict is not the answer. Many small-to-medium businesses hire people at this wage. It will only force them to hire fewer workers , lay people off, or raise prices to make up for the increased wage.

    The real solution is to organize Labor. It is so wrong for the workers at places like Wal-Mart and Micky D’s to not be unionized. Organizing and negotiating better wages is the answer, not just raising the minimum wage, which would lead to fewer employed people, higher prices, and many smaller businesses less willing to hire or offer benefits.

    It would also benefit min-wage earners if the government ,in some way, encouraged profit-sharing, perhaps as some sort of tax deduction or credit. You’re cool with min. wage if you know you are going to get a chunk of profit, makes people more productive and loyal too, ‘raises all boats’.

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