Working 40 Hours a Week for $77.00

I have always said anyone working full time in this country and living within the means of those wages earned should not have to take on a second job to sustain the basic necessities of everyday life. Those necessities being food, clothing, housing, and when needed, healthcare. There certainly should not be two people working full-time and living out of one of the many shelters across the nation. Continue reading “Working 40 Hours a Week for $77.00”

The Fall From The Top Can Be Swift And Hard

In a matter of months, I was broke, depressed, and living on food stamps. I had lost my apartment, and ended up living out of a suitcase in a guest bedroom of an extraordinarily generous family I barely knew.

After former Politico  reporter Joseph Williams lost his job, he found employment in a sporting-goods store. In a personal essay, he recalls his struggles with challenges millions of Americans return to day after day. His story is Here.

What is a Living Wage in Washington DC ?

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CURRENT D.C. MINIMUM WAGE

LIVING WAGE

APPROVED BY
CITY COUNCIL

D.C. MEDIAN WAGES

BLS ESTIMATE

Hourly payFor full-time workers, 52 weeks per year $8.25/hour $12.50/hour $29.79/hour
Amount to live on per day7-day week $47 $71 $170
Annual pretax pay $17,160 $26,000 $61,963
Percent above or below the D.C. poverty level for a one-person householdThe poverty level is $11,490. 49.35% 126.28% 439.28%
Percent above or below the D.C. poverty level for a four-person householdThe poverty level is $23,550. -27.13% 10.4% 163.11%

SOURCE: D.C. City Council, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Labor Statistics. GRAPHIC: Darla Cameron – The Washington Post. Published July 10, 2013.