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What Does 'Minimum Wage' Mean to You?

Is a minimum wage salary for young adults grabbing a beer after work or for struggling families? Tell us.

The latest battle in the fight over a minimum wage salary isn't how much it should climb, but whether minimum wage workers need a raise at all.

In Virginia, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ed Gillespie claimed to a group of supporters earlier this week that a lot of minimum wage earners are first-time workers just learning to get to work on time.

"It’s where you learn the social aspects of work," Gillespie said in a YouTube video released by Democratic opponents. "It’s where you play on the work softball team or go out for a beer after work. You know, we want to foster that and incentive work in this country."

Gillespie argues increasing the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour would reduce the number of these first-time jobs.

What does the minimum wage mean to you? Tell us in the comments section below.

Last month, it was the private sector making headlines in the minimum wage debate, as Ikea announced it will increase its minimum wage based on MIT's Living Wage Calculator.

That would put the furniture store's average minimum wage at $10.76 an hour, but the company notes the minimum wage will go over $13 an hour in some markets, including at the store in Woodbridge, Va.

Rob Olson, Ikea’s acting president for the United States and its chief financial officer, said the move is about improving the lives of employees.

“We are of course investing in our co-workers," Olson told The New York Times. "We believe they will invest in our customers, and they will invest in Ikea’s stores." 

What does the minimum wage mean to you? Tell us in the comments section below.
Jody July 21, 2014 at 05:26 PM
Do you care about our Constitution at all? Education is left to the states. The federal government constantly and continually oversteps its bounds.
Jody July 22, 2014 at 09:25 AM
I definitely believe in equality under the law. Illegal law-breaking aliens should not have equal rights under the law as US citizens. Illegal aliens have taken over most minimum wage jobs in the US because they lack English language fluency. An increase in the fed. min. wage would directly benefit illegal aliens and encourage more to come flooding over our porous borders. The cost of illegal aliens to local/state governments for their education/ support/subsidies, their cost to neighborhood cohesion, and their sheer numbers and high birth rates are costly to our country and we will be supplanted by them in perhaps as little as a hundred years. I don't want to learn or speak Spanish; Americans speak English. Hispanics don't want to be Americans or give up their culture or language-- they're just here for material gain.
TheSkalawag July 22, 2014 at 11:38 AM
"Illegal aliens have taken over most minimum wage jobs in the US because they lack English language fluency. --- they're just here for material gain." ----- Jody where do you get this stuff. You have yet to produce evidence to back up your claims. ----- Again all you offer is opinion and right-wing talking points. Show me the facts.
LJM July 22, 2014 at 07:11 PM
If they are not here for material gain what are they here for?...if their county offered them a "living wage," they would never come here...in fact as the jobs were drying up for illegals they started going back to Mexico in droves...no?......and what do they do with the wages they make here...they send it back to their families in Mexico....stop the nonsense TS...bless your heart....... .

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