The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Minimum wage for minimum living

Jul 28, 2008

On July 24, the U.S. minimum wage increased by 70¢ to $6.55. What does that mean for anyone trying to survive in an economy costing us more every day? Barely a drop in the bucket.

How many people can pay rent, food, gas and electric, telephone and transportation to work on wages like those – plus raise a family?

The new minimum comes to less than $1200 a month – if you’re working full time.

Minimum? No, it’s pitiful!