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High-School Bathroom Cleaner: "$15/hr Salary Will Change Everything"

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http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-07-08/high-school-bathroom-cleaner-15hr-salary-will-change-everything

My job is what’s called a “restricted” position — the California education code’s name for specially funded positions that can employ only people who meet certain conditions
(they’re from impoverished areas or have disabilities, for example). Restricted workers have a set wage rate, which means I haven’t been able to ask for a raise, and I can’t earn overtime.
...

"work is not the hardest part of my life. The hardest part is saying goodbye to my 4-year-old son when he asks me not to go to work again."
...

The one thing that hasn’t been good about the job is the pay. When I started 10 years ago, I made $8.65 per hour; now I make $9.85 per hour.
But I just learned that’s going to change. SEIU Local 99, the union that represents me and more than 30,000 other school workers here,
just negotiated a new contract that will raise my pay to $15 per hour by 2016
. This is a big deal for the 20,000 of us who make the district’s lowest wages and are covered by the raises. It might be an even bigger deal around the rest of the United States, since $15 per hour is the goal of a movement in cities around the country to improve the lives of working people.
...

I’m not exactly sure how my life will be at $15 per hour. I’ve never made that much money, and I’ve been doing custodial work since I was 15.
I started out while I was still going to school myself, as a part-time custodian at St. Nicholas, a parochial school in the San Fernando Valley. Back then, in 1997, I was making $7.25 an hour. After I graduated from San Fernando High School, the parochial school offered me a permanent position, and I worked there for four years, eventually making $8.50 per hour. Later, I jumped to Van Nuys High.
...
So
a raise like this won’t just give workers more — it will give the district happier parents.

$15 will merely become $9.85, then what ask for $20?

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I'd prefer a higher minimum wage and zero payout after 2 years on the dole.

Work is worth doing for other reasons beyond the money. Most poeple I know who've been out of work for more than 5 years are the most dysfnctional nut jobs going. Most were not like that before they became unemployed.

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I'd prefer a higher minimum wage and zero payout after 2 years on the dole.

So less jobs, as machines become cheaper than humans, and more people looking for jobs, because they can no longer collect the dole. Sounds like a great plan.

The only reason the school can pay these kind of wages is because other people are forced to pay for it at gun point.

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Cannot speak for the US, but in the UK there aren't the vacancies for all of the unemployed. Plus many of those jobs are not actually liveable on i.e. zero hours, fake agency jobs, part-time etc or they are unevenly distributed. Plus for an increasing number of people their work contribution simply isn't necessary. Highly skilled or educated - but unemployed? Almost no chance of getting a entry level job.

The protestant work ethic is becoming outdated. We need to start encouraging more sharing of work (I'm sometimes working 60+ hours a week doing two roles because the company I work for doesn't have the cash to employ another), reducing living costs and encouraging meaningful leisure activities. Instead the opposite message is being broadcast - high living costs (especially housing) is a good thing, leisure = watching TV or gaming, and we need to put more and more time into work.

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Also "meaningful leisure", what a terrifying concept. What people do in their spare time is a matter for the individual. What you find meaningful I suspect I wouldn't.

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