Posts tagged “minimum wage”
December 12, 2013
Longtime consumer advocate and author of Told You So: The Big Book of Weekly Columns, Ralph Nader, sent a vitriolic letter to Richard Dreilling on Monday, reproaching the chief executive of Dollar General for his “shameful” treatment of his employees. In the note, Nader exposes Dreilling’s grossly disproportionate salary (reputedly $22.5 million in 2012) to that of the company’s store associates and cashiers - many of whom earn, on average, less than $8 per hour.
You can find out exactly what Nader had to say to Dreilling in his letter, here.
Read more about Nader’s call for a wage increase for Dollar General employees in the Huffington Post.
Ralph Nader Urges President Obama to Sign Executive Order Guaranteeing Federal Contractors $10.70 Minimum Wage
June 26, 2013
On June 25, Ralph Nader penned a letter to President Obama, urging him to sign an executive order that will guarantee federal employees (including those employed through contractors) a $10.70 minimum wage. This pay increase would catch them up to the minimum wage of 1968, adjusted for inflation.
In the United States today, thirty million low-wage workers are making less money per hour than they did under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt 45 years ago. If the federal minimum wage had kept up with the pace of inflation since then, it would be $10.70 per hour today rather than the current $7.25.
Nader points out that “while the minimum wage has lost nearly a third of its inflation-adjusted value, costs for daily necessities have been increasing – often at rates above inflation.” This poses a serious problem, and in late May it led to a strike by federally contracted low-wage workers in Washington, D.C.