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Jim - It's a difficult issue. I have great empathy for those who struggle, with family or not, to make it on $7.25/hour. At the same time, our economic way of life is predicated on supply and demand; employers who pay minimum wage are able to fill those jobs at that rate, presumably with candidates who have the requisite skills.

Given the increasing disparity between low wage and high wage earners, I'm surprised that the labor movement is losing ground, when historically it was collective action that changed things for the American worker. My hunch is that if the gap continues to grow at the rate we are experiencing, some type of collective action, organized or not, is inevitable.

Individuals are responsible for their own success, but we all need help along the way. As a matter of both compassion and sound business strategy, employers should be helping low wage workers improve their skills and abilities in order to qualify for higher paying jobs. Otherwise that 'help' will be superimposed on employers, either by the government or some form of collective action, both of which are bad for business.

If money talks, what does minimum wage say? Chris Rock said it best: "Minimum wage says, 'If I COULD pay you less, I would'."

John: all you say is quite true. Suspect that the decline in union power is directly related to the development of people-sensitive management styles. The more mature HR function now polices against the typical abuses that stimulated worker organization for collective bargaining in the past to get protection. Also, this is the era of the individual who is reluctant to surrender personal autonomy.

Dave: too true to be funny, in some cases. In others, it is simply a legislated floor regardless of the local economic reality.

Update: as of 9/12/13, the DC bill which would require large retailers to pay $12.50/hr minimum UNLESS they are unionized passed but was vetoed by the mayor as economically damaging. I would be surprised if the mayor's veto is not over-ridden by the city council.

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