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”
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.
CURRENT D.C. MINIMUM WAGE
D.C. MEDIAN WAGES
|Hourly payFor full-time workers, 52 weeks per year
|Amount to live on per day7-day week
|Annual pretax pay
|Percent above or below the D.C. poverty level for a one-person householdThe poverty level is $11,490.
|Percent above or below the D.C. poverty level for a four-person householdThe poverty level is $23,550.
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.