This week on May 15, hourly workers, both nationally and internationally, are planning to walk out and strike in support of an increase in the minimum wage. The chosen event date alludes to $15, the wage protesting hourly workers are trying to achieve. Earlier this year, President Barack Obama called upon Congress to raise the national minimum wage to $10.10 and signed an executive order for federally contracted employees to receive that same amount. With so many numbers flying around (what the government is providing, the demands of protesters, etc.), it can be difficult to pinpoint what hourly employees want.
In a recent survey, we had the opportunity to ask both employers and job seekers what they really think about the minimum wage. Over 9,000 job seekers responded, giving us better insight into what people want to see on their paychecks.
- Forty-six percent of surveyed job seekers believe that $9 would be a satisfactory minimum wage; only 7 percent wanted $15
- When it comes to price increases to pay for a higher minimum wage, 72 percent of job seekers would be willing to pay more to ensure employers could afford pay increases.
- Many argue that an increase in wage would mean a downsizing of staff. Seventy percent of surveyed seekers would not support a minimum wage hike if it meant peers would lose their jobs.
These are just a few opinions concerning the national minimum wage. What do you think? Share your own opinion with @SnagajobWorks.