Rising Wages, Rising Problems?

When I was in college, my school was in the middle of dozens of farms. Driving down the main street into campus you would see strawberry and cilantro fields along with hundreds of workers sweating under heavy clothes to protect them from the sun. The cafeteria at my school reaped the benefit of being placed in the middle of farm country as we had fresh produce served that was grown literally a few yards away from campus. Driving past the farms day after day and seeing the people who worked so hard to put fresh fruit and vegetables on our tables really made me think about how much effort goes into growing produce.
Recently, I have seen a lot of headlines about the push for an increase in the minimum wage, which makes me think about how much these people working on the farms were making for their backbreaking work. A job that requires a lot of physical labor should always pay well, as that kind of work can have physical affects that last a lifetime. Recent analysis has been brought forward in which people have tried to delve in to how a significant increase in the minimum wage would affect daily life, and how it will affect cost to consumers. Think about it this way: when you pay employees more you have to charge more for the product being sold to be able to pay your employees. It’s a frustrating cycle to break out of because companies are looking for a specific profit margin in order to deem themselves successful. To continue reading click here.

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