Recently I have been overwhelmed by the levels of corporate greed existing in society. Target is currently “liquidating” here in Canada. What a joke. They actually up-ed a lot of the prices just to “slash” them by a whopping 10%. (insert sarcasm and eyeroll here) Based on what I’ve seen in most cases you’ll be lucky to save 5% on original pre-liquidation prices. This is just gross and greedy.
Just as sick, the other day I read a lovely report on American Walmart. Don’t even get me started… The owner’s have reaped some $150 Billion, while paying workers so little that they get subsidized in food stamps. I know Canadian Walmart isn’t much better.
People are protesting for higher minimum wages, and I get it. But they keep getting told ‘be realistic, we can’t possibly raise wages or prices will go up so high no will shop’. I say cut corporate and CEO incomes. seriously should the CEO of a bank be getting a $5 million Christmas bonus, while those who work the front lines are lucky to get a 15 cent annual raise and a $500 bonus while making only a few dollars above minimum wage? I don’t think so. (That is actually a real scenario that happened while I was a bank teller). Pay a fair wage to begin with, and provide annual raises that actually count and bonuses aren’t necessary (they are nice however, but holy shit 5 million, really? for what?)
Currently minimum wage in BC is $10.25, $9.00 for liqour servers and Farm labour. That isn’t even close to enough to survive on. Not even for a kid living on their own never mind a single parent trying to get by. So I understand why people are pushing for an increase to $15.00 per hour. But you see I sit on the cusp of the minimum wage debate. I have worked my up jumping from crap job to alright job. I know that minimum wage needs to be a living wage. I get it, even $15 per hour barely cuts it. But I also get why some people don’t want that to happen. (I don’t get the millionaires worrying that they may have to forgo their raises and bonuses – seriously?) But I now make just over the proposed new minimum wage and that means if the minimum wage goes up my job just depreciated, a job that took me time to work up to. A job that still barely pays the bills. Which means all those who are working in jobs that fall into the bracket that my job falls into have seriously just been hit with a massive blow. And yet…
And yet people cannot survive on minimum wage. It’s unfair and unrealistic to think that they can. And to spout off that it’s all high schoolers, college kids and second incomes that are working for minimum wage is utter bullshit and completely naive. I know mother’s trying to survive on that little. It’s ugly. I don’t think that fair wages for all people is too much to ask for.
“People with a scarcity mentality tend to see everything in terms of win-lose. There is only so much; and if someone else has it, that means there will be less for me. The more principle-centered we become, the more we develop an abundance mentality, the more we are genuinely happy for the successes, well-being, achievements, recognition, and good fortune of other people. We believe their success adds to…rather than detracts from…our lives.”
That is all…