Would WalMart Even Consider Leading the Retail Industry Labor Relations in this Direction?

Imagine that employers by offering a “living wage” ($12.25 to 14.00/hour), many Americans could be lifted out of poverty.

This sounds good does it not? This is encouraging news on this Thankgiving Eve ’12.

A new study released by the progressive think tank Demos on Monday estimated that if retail workers were given a living wage, hundreds of thousands of Americans would be lifted out of poverty and the wage boost would significantly bolster the economy. *

The study began by assuming a new “price floor” for retail workers at America’s largest retailers — amounting to a 27 percent pay raise for those workers. If companies that employed at least 1,000 workers paid them a living wage of just $25,000 for full-time, year-round work, more than 700,000 Americans would make their way out of poverty and an additional 700,000 would move up near poverty. In all, the wage boost would affect more than 5 million retail workers.

Demos further estimated that if these low-wage workers got a pay boost, the economy would grow and create 100,000 more new jobs, boosting the economy by somewhere between $11.8 and $15.2 billion over the next year.

“Families living in or near poverty spend close to 100 percent of their income just to meet their basic needs, so when they receive an extra dollar in pay, they spend it on goods or services that were out of reach before. This ongoing unmet need makes low-income households more likely to spend new earnings immediately – channeling any addition to their income right back into the economy, creating growth and jobs,” the report said.

The report pointed out that such a pay increase would amount to $20.8 billion — or just 1 percent of the $2.17 trillion in total sales large retailers see every year.

“Using profits to pay for the wage increase would be a more productive use than the current trend towards stock repurchases.” Demos also said that the pay increase would be passed on to consumers in just pennies more per dollar.

“It has become conventional wisdom that retail workers must be paid low wages. Yet our study, adding to a growing body of research, demonstrates that retailers could provide the nation a needed economic boost by paying higher wages, while remaining profitable and continuing to offer low prices,” the report said.

The United Food & Commercial Workers International Union, which is leading a fight against retail giant Walmart, praised the report, saying, “America’s largest retailer, Walmart, should be the leader in this movement.

If Walmart were to make the standard hourly rate $12.25 an hour (a number that they claim to be average for their associates, yet tends to be closer to $9) thousands of workers would enjoy poverty-free lives, and many other people would benefit indirectly.”

Instead, the union said in an advisory, “Walmart has used this power to lower wages, cut hours, and deny benefits to its workforce, reducing the quality of retail jobs as a whole.”

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* By Kay Steiger Wednesday, November 21, 2012 10:51 EST

Raw Story (http://s.tt/1unLN)

Indian Summertime and Veterans’ Day (to boot too)

dateline: November 11, 2012

Mother Nature is paying her respects to Americans Veterans living in these parts. The Indiana ‘Indian Summer’ weather has been terrific for the third day in a row.

Time to Go Out and Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Women in Mid-America Should Feel Outraged About the Republican’s Proposed Statehouse Leadership

I wish I understood women better.

Why would the ladies, and for that matter gentlemen who respect women, vote for Pence (R)? If you are not sure, check out these 10 reasons.


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Today, we have a lot of questions and a few answers…

Q: If my mother was alive, wouldn’t she recognize that middle America and the entire country needs “Common Sense Leadership?”

Q: Are not moderate Mid-America government principles and laws are most desirable?

Q: Does the past and proposed actions of the Tea Party promote fear?

Q: Before you vote, would you please check out the Indiana Women Against Governor-Candidate Mike Pence web-blog?

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Q: Who should Hoosiers vote for?

A: John Gregg for Indiana Governor

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Q: Over the years many people tell others prior to a national election to ask themselves, “Are you better off than you were four year ago?”

A: The old conventional wisdom was that this one question would determine which candidate would win your vote.

A: That was then, this is now. Life is no simpler (although tasks may be easier).

Q: I beg you that this year a more appropriate question would be, “Which candidate’s platform, past efforts, leadership skills, and integrity can help you the most during the next four years?”



A: Governors and Presidents function sort of like State and Federal “CEOs”

Q: Is it better to vote for good state Governors (John Gregg) and a national President (Barack Obama)?

A: Yes, of course.

[Politicians keep saying that the 2012 elections are about jobs. Look what Romney’s Bain Capital has done and look what Congressman Mike Pence has never done.]

Q: Are “common sense-Americans” (these are citizens with common sense) going to endorse this with a vote for the wrong guys?

A: It remains to be seen.

A: Job creation (earning a living paycheck above the minimum wage) and job in-sourcing within America is what is really needed!

A: Within mid-America is Indiana. John Gregg (D) has a superior performance record compared to Mike Pence (R).

A: After almost 12 years in Congress, Pence has never sponsored a bill that became law. Throughout Gregg’s public career, John has championed bipartisan projects.


Political Spin… I have had enough of Mike Pence’s, Richard Mourdock’s, and Romnesia/Ryan” Misleadings

. . .  and I wish the negative and misleading ads would cease, politicians would tell the truth, and fundraising would be minimized; but the spin goes on . . .

If their candidate changes the Republican position on issues, he is a ‘no-principaled flip-flopper.’

Or spin it and try to explain that the candidate’s views are ‘evolving.’

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If the Republican is a hawk on military defense, he is ‘reckless.’

Or what he could have stated is that he’s keeping America safe.

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If their candidate takes money from Super Political Action Committees (PACs), the republicans are ‘trying to buy the election.’

If the democrats use donations from Super PACs, the candidate is ‘trying to level the playing field.’

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If Romney’s wife campaigns, it is because her husband cannot connect well with women.

If the candidate’s wife campaigns, it is because she ‘really energizes the crowd.’

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courtesy of Mad magazine – October 2012 edition