President-elect Joe Biden has unveiled a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief proposal on Thursday. A part of it calls for a fatter paycheck for those working on federal minimum pay. Biden suggested boosting the minimum wage to at least $15 an hour, arguing that "No one working 40 hours a week should still be below the poverty line."

While presenting his speech on Thursday night in Wilmington, Delaware, Biden also went ahead of the critics reluctant to believe the plan will come true. “People tell me that’s going to be hard to pass. Florida just passed it—as divided as that state is—they just passed it. The rest of the country is ready to move as well.”

The federal minimum wage hasn’t been increased since 2009, and for over 33 million workers, the proposal feels like a tipping point for the better. But the Republicans balk at the idea, which makes Biden’s plans likely to be delayed. This, of course, has stirred heated reactions on social media, with many people weighing in on the needlessly ‘dramatic’ $15 wage discourse that’s been angering those conservatives.

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Mimi
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1 month ago

THIS!

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 month ago

Just wait till it comes tickling down....

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H Edwards
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1 month ago

Capitalism is a pyramid scheme

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The federal minimum wage, which is currently $7.25 per hour, has not been updated since 2009 even though it has been called an unlivable income in most parts of the country. But the newly elected president Biden’s “American Rescue Plan” gives hope after the economy lost 140,000 jobs in December and unemployment claims surged in the latest weekly count by the most since March due to the pandemic.

But the procedure to pass the $15/h boost will not be a straightforward one. According to Bloomberg, “The Biden administration, due to take office next week, would need at least 10 Republican votes in the Senate to get its relief bill through Congress—unless it goes through the budget reconciliation process, where a bare majority is enough.”

Other major parts of the $1.9 trillion Biden relief plan include:

  1. $2,000 stimulus checks on top of the $600 that Congress approved in December;
  2. $20 billion national vaccine distribution program that would provide free shots to all U.S. residents regardless of immigration status;
  3. $350 billion in state funding, local and territorial governments, and $20 billion for public transit systems;
  4. extending unemployment benefits;
  5. requiring employers to offer paid sick leave to their workers during the pandemic (estimated to benefit 106 million workers);
  6. expanding tax credits for low- and middle-income families, as well as expanding child tax credit;
  7. $170 billion to help schools to open;
  8. $30 billion rental assistance for low-income households;
  9. financing small businesses and providing grants for such employers.
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Aroace tiger
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1 month ago

Yes they should. Especially ones who teach my class!!

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DKS 001
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1 month ago

when it comes to cleaning your unflushed sht and all the paper towels on the floor next to the trashcan - damn straight us janitors need at least $15 / hr

Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
1 month ago

Janitors and garbage collectors are the most important people in our society. They keep everywhere clean!

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Mohsie Supposie
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1 month ago

The answer should have been: No, they don't need to make $15 an hour. They need to make MORE than that! $15/hr is the absolute minimum.

soni w
Community Member
1 month ago

Holy fuckn wow! In Australia I'm paid $30 an hour to clean toilets and mop floors. When I was a contractor I made upwards of $100p/h cleaning holiday rentals. America fuckn sux

Andrew Gibb
Community Member
1 month ago

Even the super rich need security

Marlowe Fitzpatrik
Community Member
1 month ago

Yupp. And they should really think about who they demand save their ass and maybe consider letting them use their toilet.

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Marnie
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1 month ago

Kids don't flip burgers anymore. Does no one go into fast food? It's usually adults.

Steve Cruz
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1 month ago

I worked as a janitor in a high rise that was mostly law firms and accountants. One day the supervisor told us to ignore floors 72-75, the biggest law firm in the building and the most disrespectful towards janitors. They didn't clean up anything after themselves -- food spilled on carpet, crumbs on desks, drinks thrown into trash cans, newspapers and food all over execuive bathrooms. They threatened to sue. The owner of our company sent them a letter: a lawsuit would take 60-90 days, cost her nothing because she wouldn't even hire an attorney. The judge would order her back to work and she would comply. The firm, meanwhile, would wallow in their mess for 2-3 months. They finally agreed that their employees would stop being pigs and janitors would return. If we encountered any unnecessary filth or mess, we were to take photos and submit a work order, and we would be paid EXTRA to clean it up. It's amazing how MONEY TALKS.

NWB
Community Member
1 month ago

and all those folks were essential workers remember!!!!!

Daniel Callaway
Community Member
1 month ago

No , he didn't. He was working the list to YOU, Birdbrain!!!

Granny
Community Member
1 month ago

And don't complain when the cost of the burger gos up to make the wage difference..

Mark Kelly
Community Member
1 month ago

pfft here in Canada janitors at schools get paid over $21 an hour to start.

Curry on...
Community Member
1 month ago

They, the rich cats, will just raise the price of EVERYTHING.

Melvin Dragvelk
Community Member
1 month ago

So if everyone gets $15 an hour, what happens to the wages of people currentlly making $15-25 an hour? What raise do they get? And what will the new prices of all goods and services be? If you double your labor cost, the goods and services will probably double or worse, and then your make to the same situation. It is not what you make, it is the buying power of your dollar.

Curt Gleason
Community Member
1 month ago

Hateful, horrible post... Why should someone with no job skills get as much as a starting teacher, who has invested time and money in earning a degree? Or as much as a sergeant in the military, who's sacrificed years in earning that level?

Estelle Winwoode
Community Member
1 month ago

People should be paid according to their skills and the work they do, AND there should be a liveable basic wage. If that means teachers and sergeants should get more than they do now, so be it. There is nothing hateful or horrible about the post - nowhere is what you say suggested.

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Eric Steward
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1 month ago

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You can't pay your rent because you thought that you could support yourself on the same job you had in high school. You deserve to be uncomfortable and a little bit hungry. That's society's way of saying that you are a failure and a burden. In the animal kingdom, we would all watch emotionlessly as your ass was eaten by an alligator at the watering hole. You don't "deserve" anything. You're paid what you're worth, and in most of your cases, far more than you're worth.

JessG
Community Member
1 month ago

We are NOT animals though, we are an evolved, sophisticated, communal society. It's a human right to have food, and shelter. Having a job, any job, is a contribution to society and entitles a person to food and shelter.

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Naima Ebiche
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1 month ago

I agree and this frightens me. Exploitation of men by men... What could go wrong?

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Naima Ebiche
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1 month ago

And the bail money to get out of jail... ;)

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Leo Domitrix
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1 month ago

YES

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TiredMomma
Community Member
1 month ago

My hubs life was literally on the line while delivering pizza. Attacked by a dog. His wound still recovering. Was dealing with staph infection too. So yea, his pay needs an up, for his sake and our family. And it'd be nice if I could have yearly doctor visits. I havent seen since 2013.

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Andrew Gibb
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1 month ago

When I worked in Burger King in the UK I noticed that the average meal cost around an hour of my time. Funny that it happens world wide and that the price of the meal has gone up when wages have.

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H Edwards
Community Member
1 month ago

It's so frustrating to hear my 15 year old nephew say that poor people can get rich if they just work hard. Poor people work harder than anyone else.

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 month ago

If you can't afford to pay your employees a decent wage, you're doing something wrong.

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H Edwards
Community Member
1 month ago

In the UK we have different minimum wage depending on age. It ranges from £4.15 for an apprentice up to £8.72 (about $11.80) for people 25 and over.

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wandile dludlu
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1 month ago

That whole economy seems to be based on how Mcdonald's

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Carol Emory
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1 month ago

And for that matter...politicians

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 month ago

Even worse, some of them might even decide to quit their second and third job.

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CowboyHank
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1 month ago

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And then prices will increase on virtually all goods because it now costs more for labor. Can't people see that with this statement?

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Julia Caruso
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1 month ago

The business you work for IS supposed to pay you enough to pay your rent, bills, and other various costs of living... it's called a job. People have them so they can pay for those things specifically. Heard of it? Or are you so privileged that you've never needed to work in your life to provide for yourself.

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Luther von Wolfen
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1 month ago

Did somebody put veritas serum in this man's martini?

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Luther von Wolfen
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1 month ago

100+ years ago, workers in US were rioting and striking for basic safety and a living wage. I'm just making an observation.

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 month ago

I love the "Undercover Boss" series where a CEO goes undercover, finds out how committed his employees are despite their terrible working conditions and in the end comes to the conclusion that he's been underpaying his employees for years. But only a few of them actually raised the wages in the entire company.

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Csaba Hegedűs
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1 month ago

The proposed minimum wage of almost 300,000 people.

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Kari Panda
Community Member
1 month ago

Unpaid internship is another thing that shouldn‘t exist. I wonder how many countries have that at all. The only unpaid internship I am aware of in my country is a mandatory two-weeks internship for all pupils in 8th grade or so, so they could see what real jobs are like.

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 month ago

Somehow poor people in the US get very offended when you propose a tax system where the extremely rich people pay more on taxes than the poor. The furiosity and vigor they show when they are defending the rich never ceases to amaze me.

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Eric Steward
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1 month ago

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Yeah, but what is the value of what they're "risking"? $20-$30?

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Eric Law
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1 month ago

While at the same time, they're trying to deport the most exploited workers of all.

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Liz the Wanderer
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1 month ago

They're planning ahead for price hikes..

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Tabitha L
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1 month ago

Hmmm. I wonder if these two things are connected in some way.

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 month ago

Captions are wrong. People all stare in awe when a guy manages to make millions per day over the backs of underpaid workers, but no one bats an eye when people get underpaid, exploited and have to work in the most terrible working conditions.

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CowboyHank
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1 month ago

You know computer programming is a well paid job, right?

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