It's your patriotic duty to ask for a raise

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  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    May 15, 2013 10:10 p.m.

    linking the minimum wage to inflation would end up causing inflation.... resulting in a self fulfilling driver of inflation. I would rather like to see the impetus be improving productivity... enabling wage increase.

    Right now, we have stagnation in productivity gains, which has resulted in wage stagnation. Until more value is created from each work unit, wages can't go up. It comes down to simple math. Revenue-fully loaded carry cost per employee.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    May 15, 2013 9:20 a.m.

    Conservatives are determined to crush the middle class, but that class is essential to the functioning of American capitalism. So conservatives and corporate leaders are destroying the system from which they benefit so much - Marx predicted this a century ago and it is coming all to true.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    May 14, 2013 10:31 p.m.

    There's a reason workers are reluctant to ask for wage increases. The fluidity of technological advancement into tasks people have been doing, and the robustness of lower wage global competition have resulted in great instability in employment security. Companies come and go, jobs are even more transient, for far too many of us.

    As the Great Recession fades, and the new low wage reality sets in, we realize what our parents had we won't see. Those days are gone. It's nothing personal, it's just economics.

    The best thing young people can do is recalibrate their expectations and grow accustomed to a more modest standard of living. Life is still rich, the experiences are there to be had, just on a smaller tab.

    The low wage reality will reach up and disrupt those who assumed American workers would keep getting larger raises, based on productivity gains. Physicians, lawyers, professors, civil servants, and maybe even plumbers will eventually have to adjust, too, as their clientele simply won't have the same monetary flexibility to pay for historically expensive services.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    May 14, 2013 7:45 p.m.

    Want to know what happens in the real world if a worker asks for a raise? They are laughed it of their bosses' office. If they don't like the pay then they are let go.

    Conservatives can't have it both ways. They can't demand free market principles which lead to the depression not increase of salaries and then argue that the worker needs to demand higher wages. You cannot bust unions and then complain when the workers have no power.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    May 14, 2013 5:18 p.m.

    Would it still be patriotic if a group of workers founded some sort of organisation whereby they asked for a raise collectively?

  • think b4 u speak Orem, UT
    May 14, 2013 3:00 p.m.

    Just curious. Are the productivity numbers adjusted for inflation as well? If not then it is kind of a misleading comparison.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    May 14, 2013 12:52 p.m.

    Awe yes, trickle down. The downfall of the American Middle Class as per the conservative plan to give to the 1% and take from the rest.