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986 hits 4.0 (1 vote) Share Favorite | Flag 17 years ago by KikiPeepers

Do you think minimum wage could be considered a type of modern-day slavery?


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17 yrs ago - Wednesday 4/27/05 - 8:25:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
It is, in a way.
17 yrs ago - Wednesday 4/27/05 - 8:27:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
No. An unpaid internhip is. I did a few of those in college.
17 yrs ago - Wednesday 4/27/05 - 8:27:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, I don't think it comes even close.
17 yrs ago - Thursday 4/28/05 - 12:54:20 AM EST (GMT-5)
Work is a form of modern day slavery. Money is just the means to get you to come and slave away for the man.
17 yrs ago - Friday 5/13/05 - 9:25:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
17 yrs ago - Saturday 5/14/05 - 11:26:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes sort of.
17 yrs ago - Saturday 5/21/05 - 10:06:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't know what the minimum wage in America is. But to me, minimum wage actually protects workers from being used as slaves and being underpaid. Employers are required by law not to go below minimum wage which protects the employee and gives them grounds for complaint if the law is not met.
17 yrs ago - Sunday 5/22/05 - 1:04:38 AM EST (GMT-5)
I believe it's $5.15 an hour, I may be off though - and some states may have a higher wage minimum, I'm not sure about that either. But I think $5.15 is the national rate.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 7/11/05 - 3:46:24 AM EST (GMT-5)
yea... i cant imagine working for that little. I used to live in the north and got 9 dollars and hour for two different jobs that were not even that hard. Now i live in the south and its really hard for me to work for just above minimun wage.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Wednesday 7/20/05 - 8:30:01 AM EST (GMT-5)
somewhat
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Wednesday 7/20/05 - 8:33:00 AM EST (GMT-5)
Until you've been a cashier at a Burlington Coat Factory, you don't know what slavery feels like. :'( I've never, ever been worked that hard in my life. I get slightly more than min. wage, though. It's a paycheck, right?
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Wednesday 7/20/05 - 9:24:39 AM EST (GMT-5)
No. Working a minimum wage job is your choice; you're not forced into it unwillingly. You get paid a wage in exchange for your work. No one is around whipping you if you don't do your work. In fact, if you don't do the work, they let you go, which is a far cry from real slavery.
16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Saturday 7/30/05 - 3:56:13 AM EST (GMT-5)
Regardless, we need these "slaves" so the stuff nobody wants to do gets done. Sure it would be great to see them go free, but that would be shooting ourselves in the foot. We'd sit back on our easy chairs only to hit the floor, we'd take the sip of water but it'd be.. abnormally dry. Everything we have is built upon the fundamentals the slaves keep coming. They're more vital than most people realize. Try going even a week without them, and see what happens.
16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/2/05 - 3:18:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
No not even close. There are many people who have jobs where they dont even produce what minimum wage is worth. I do think there needs to be a minimum wage but is much to high in the US to be anything near slavery.
16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/2/05 - 3:21:24 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 4/27/2005 8:27:18 PM cszulins wrote:
No. An unpaid internhip is. I did a few of those in college.

Even then, you can walk from those. I'd say that's more indentured servitude than slavery.

16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/2/05 - 3:25:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, it's not slavery at all. If there wasn't a minimum wage, than fast food jobs and others of the sort would pay way less than what it is now. If someone doesn't want to work for the minimum, then they have a CHOICE to educate themselves, or find another job.
16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/2/05 - 3:33:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
Why would they pay 'way less' than they do now if there weren't a minimum wage? People would just get paid what the job is worth rather than at the artificial pay level mandated by the government...

16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/2/05 - 3:34:05 PM EST (GMT-5)

On 7/20/2005 9:24:40 AM orangeguy13 wrote:
No. Working a minimum wage job is your choice; you're not forced into it unwillingly. You get paid a wage in exchange for your work. No one is around whipping you if you don't do your work. In fact, if you don't do the work, they let you go, which is a far cry from real slavery.

If you want to eat and have a roof over your head, you can't just quit. The job is usually dead-end, and you are forced to work it if you want to care for your children.

I'm in favor of there being a minimum wage, and think it should be raised.

16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/2/05 - 3:38:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm more in favor of there being fewer people working in dead end jobs to care for their children...
16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/2/05 - 3:39:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
^^^ I'll go for that one.
16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/2/05 - 4:23:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 8/2/2005 3:39:46 PM wanderer wrote:
^^^ I'll go for that one.

On 8/2/2005 3:38:14 PM CowDung wrote:
I'm more in favor of there being fewer people working in dead end jobs to care for their children...

I am all in agreement, but I wonder how it could be done.

16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/2/05 - 4:32:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 8/2/2005 4:23:45 PM lushuspigeon wrote:
On 8/2/2005 3:39:46 PM wanderer wrote: ^^^ I'll go for that one. On 8/2/2005 3:38:14 PM CowDung wrote: I'm more in favor of there being fewer people working in dead end jobs to care for their children... I am all in agreement, but I wonder how it could be done.

By getting rid of artificial wage minimums...
16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 8/3/05 - 12:20:16 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 8/2/2005 4:32:47 PM CowDung wrote:
On 8/2/2005 4:23:45 PM lushuspigeon wrote: On 8/2/2005 3:39:46 PM wanderer wrote: ^^^ I'll go for that one. On 8/2/2005 3:38:14 PM CowDung wrote: I'm more in favor of there being fewer people working in dead end jobs to care for their children... I am all in agreement, but I wonder how it could be done. By getting rid of artificial wage minimums...

Wouldn't that worsen the plague of sweatshops?

16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 8/3/05 - 12:41:23 AM EST (GMT-5)
In slavery you dont get payed, and you get tortured.

Too many idiots now in todays world call everything what they arent with bullsh-it hippies ideas they get.

16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 8/3/05 - 10:16:33 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 8/3/2005 12:20:17 AM lushuspigeon wrote:
Wouldn't that worsen the plague of sweatshops?

Why would it? When people aren't 'guaranteed' a certain wage, they are more apt to look into jobs/careers that will offer them better pay. People would be more apt to go into training programs to acquire some new skills. As it is, people just rely on Congress to increase the minimum wage avery few years rather than increasing their value to the company to earn their wage increases.


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