Free trade agreements are not the answer to these countries for although they do benefit the developing and underdeveloped countries of the world they do not benefit the workers of those industrialized countries.
Mission The mission of the Durham Living Wage Project is to support worker livelihoods by urging employers to pay living wages, certifying and publicly recognizing employers, and promoting living wages as a matter of conscience within our community. Vision We envision Durham as a livable community where all workers can prosper.
Purpose We exist to promote a just economy where workers are paid fairly, employers are successful, and our community thrives as a result. Guiding Principles We believe that a just economy provides: Jobs with dignity and living wages Economic prosperity for individuals, enterprises and communities Equal opportunity and justice for all people who have been marginalized in our society, with a particular focus on race, class and gender equity We believe that we can help bring about a more just economy by promoting living wages and by collaborating with partner organizations that seek to: Reduce barriers to employment Place marginalized workers in living wage jobs Provide workers with a broader set of employment benefits and protections Steering Committee The Durham Living Wage Project is guided by a Steering Committee comprised of employers, employees, and community members committed to a just and sustainable local economy.
Paying a living wage is a key component of a good career opportunity, and Mr. He is married with two children. He is interested in ensuring that all individuals live respectable and dignified lives by being paid a fair and livable wage for the work they do. Brian is the Director of Operations at EarthShare NC, a non-profit supporting the conservation movement by building partnerships between corporations and local conservation groups.
While Candace works as a Program Coordinator at Durham Technical Community College Division of Corporate and Continuing Education, she serves as a community advocate for youth and adults in transition from homelessness, incarceration and abuse. She believes that education and living wages are the cornerstones of stability that transform lives.
LCCU works to create a more equitable society; empowering its members by offering ethical financial products and education and its staff by paying a living wage. What is the minimum wage, hours of work and occupational safety and health standard? Will they be equal in all countries? Will they meet the standards in the United States of America?
If they do not meet the standards of the United States of America, now and in the future, this is not a fair agreement for the American Worker. If Mexico does not develop labor reforms that meet the standards of the United States of America now and in the future this is not a fair agreement for the American Worker. Once again, unless the laws adopted requiring minimum wages hours of work and occupational safety and health are equal in each of the countries signatory to this agreement that is not an equal playing field.
Although this applies mainly to the USA at this time it might soon include other countries more advanced than the other signatories of this agreement. With respect to Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei, who are first-time signatories to a trade agreement with the United States, TPP contains country-specific labor reform commitments to meet their TPP obligations that are themselves subject to dispute settlement.
Does all trade cease during dispute settlement? If not this is just another meaningless assertion. Raising concerns does not resolve disputes. Without the necessary equal labor requirements the concerns are already raised the resolutions are the lacking ingredient. Although the TPP may expand the fight for decent work around the world it does not create anything comparable to a fair and level playing field for American workers.
Unless the labor provisions of the new global standard are equal to those provisions already provided to the American worker the largest expansion of enforceable labor rights cannot be seen as any benefit to the American worker. As can be seen from the brief above the TPP does not offer the American worker a fair and equal playing field with the workers in the countries signatory to this agreement.
It is as though Pres. Obama and Representative Froman have forgotten that the economic health of the free world depends in large part on the economic health of the middle class of the United States of America.
This is not a political Party issue—this is an American Middle Class issue. Please contact your representatives. Prior to examining the effects of higher education on a living wage we turn first to the purpose of higher education. There is today much discussion as to what the purpose of higher education should be but there is little doubt that the purpose of higher education today is limited to preparing the student for the global marketplace.
Public education was founded with the intent purpose of preparing a workforce for the 20th century industrial workforce. When viewed as a development in favor of competition in the global marketplace it begs the question: It follows that the burden of higher education should be placed squarely on those who profit most but not on the student and potential worker or the struggling families thereof.
President Obama has already proposed that all community colleges be tuition free. At least one presidential candidate is proposing that all public education be tuition free. The resistance to these proposals comes from those who benefit most from our public education system.
It may be, that in the future this resistance will ease when the benefit of an inclusive workforce to business is fully assessed. For the worker today there is little time to consider the purpose of or who should bear the burden of the cost of education. What the worker must know is that their quest for a living wage is dependent on the preparation required to do the task at hand.
Still, they must look to the future when possible and involve themselves in the political process. The worker should consider voting a duty of citizenship and a means to support those issues that are meaningful to their living wage. Have you ever noticed what the odds are to win a lotto?
The odds are already known by the producers of the lotto tickets. Still, even at a chance for success of 2 million to 1, people continue to buy a lotto ticket. They are driven by advertisements and news stories of the successful winners.
Money better spent contributing to the health and well-being of their wards. This is the dilemma of the American worker today. When I read posts of the pros and cons of free trade agreements between America and other countries with lower standards of living it seems that most articles brush over the detrimental effects to the American worker. These trade agreements certainly benefit those of lesser developed countries who are able to produce goods for export at lower prices.
Those in the USA that are not affected by the loss of their job look at this as a benefit for they can buy more for less.
This is not true of the worker in the USA that either has lost their job or is forced into a lower paying field of work. This may well be the case in the short term.
However, neither the worker in Canada nor Mexico is much better off. The economic gains to these countries was sucked off by the globalized corporations but not passed down to the workers of these companies.
For when it became convenient the companies once welcomed with lavish tax incentives move their factories to other countries paying even less compensation to their workers. And so, in the short term both Canada and Mexico had seen gains.
These schemes are unsustainable in the long term. As the USA worker compensation remains stagnant or is reduced so too is the viability of any free trade agreement. The same might be said of any trade agreement that does not consider the USA standard of living as a basis of wages paid in the treaty partner countries.
Today, as the campaign for a new president of the USA is in full swing we have candidates from both parties who view Free Trade Agreements detrimental to creating good paying jobs in the United States.
It is doubtful that either Sanders or Trump could agree on many other public policies. They do agree that contributions to our elected officials drives public policy. I would suggest that even honest politicians have failed to take the care necessary to understand all of the facts and underlying detrimental consequences of a free trade policy to the American worker. Free trade agreements are not the answer to these countries for although they do benefit the developing and underdeveloped countries of the world they do not benefit the workers of those industrialized countries.
The problem, then, is how we move forward with the globalization of the world markets without unduly jeopardizing the standard of living in the existing industrial countries. The answer is complicated. However, we cannot assume destroying the standard of living in the most industrialized countries of the world is an acceptable policy. Finally, it takes energy to solve problems. What we should demand of our political leaders is that they put aside the contributions that put them in office and look at their job as American-Statesman but not as harlots being bought for the highest price.
If your representative does not expend the necessary energy to move this country forward, you have the responsibility to vote them out of office.
If they favor globalization of the labor market, by casting a vote favoring free trade agreements, they are at odds with the American worker, you should not vote for them. What affects your neighbor today, will affect you tomorrow.
Today is a celebration of Labor. It is meant to honor all those men and women who work hard to make this country great. If you have been or are among that number please hold your head up high and look to your fellow workers to thank them for doing their part.
Necessarily, on a personal level we look at work as a means to support ourselves and our family. But the broader picture reveals that it is the worker that is the engine of our society. We are encourage by children tales of the Little Tug or Locomotive that never quits, moving forward for the greater good. Although many of our politicians seem to have forgotten this they do so on a wobbly foundation. And so, I say to all those workers struggling for fair compensation keep moving forward, you are not alone, learn to join in the effort to push this load to the Apex.
Most would not have to think very long to know what to do when encountering an alligator. When the alligator takes its prey it might kill by crushing its meal between its powerful jaws or it may take it for a spin underwater.
After which, the prey is consumed whole and digested by this reptilian beast. Most can, with due consideration, evade its powerful grasp. It is sufficient to say, avoid contact. Fortunately, most of us will not be concerned with avoiding the reptilian beast. That is the beast of poverty, which affects your nutrition, your health, your shelter, your transportation, your education.
It is this beast that this post addresses. How does one avoid the powerful grasp of living your life in the lower social economic status of our society?
To begin you must first earn enough to sustain both you and your wards. As calculated, this amount would be termed your living wage. A subsistence amount that includes enough compensation to provide adequate shelter, food, clothing, healthcare, transportation and education.
Unfortunately, the age that we must make decisions affecting our living wage is one complicated by other interests. That is to say that when we are in high school we should be preparing for our initial rendezvous with the outside world.
The decision-making process is more complicated when that person is in the lower social economic status of our society. A status that views poverty as a normal paradigm. Without the help of community to address these concerns those locked in the jaws of poverty are destined not only to remain in this condition but to pass it on to the next generation.
The decision-making process, that includes a reward for real life decisions that lead to success, should be a basic part of our primary education. What are the considerations for a living wage? Many complain that they are not earning a living wage and are overwhelmed by this financial condition. Are you earning enough compensation to support your life choices? Have you considered the possibilities necessary to alleviate a day to day, week to week existence? Maybe not, most of us make assumptions about career choices, family choices, housing choices, education choices, transportation choices etc.
To that end, your occupation selection will affect the successful attainment of your goals. Knowledgeable decisions about any future occupation selection is paramount. Before going through the occupation selection process you would benefit to think long and hard about what it is that you like to do.
Have you ever thought that your favorite hobby should be what you are doing for your income? Do you think of going to work as a grind, a chore, which you have to get through? The closer you can get to the type of work that you like to do the more likely it will be that your work will not be such a grind. For those already employed, start by examining what it is that you like and dislike about your present career choice. When you have completed this self-examination and have computed the amount of compensation necessary to produce what you determine your living wage you should select an occupation that best suits your needs and desires.
Below, we have formulated a track that should help you in the process of your occupation selection. Is the occupation under consideration available in a location that you would like to live and work? Is your preferred location a rural, suburban or urban area? Do you prefer a warm climate or does snow excite your senses? Does the occupation require travel or long periods away from friends and family? Can you perform the work from your home office?
Have you or can you obtain the education necessary to perform the occupation under consideration? Is there an educational requirement for this occupation that you can meet?
If not, are you capable of preparing by completing this education requirement? If the occupation requires more education than you presently have looked to serve an apprenticeship in the chosen field while at the same time completing the education requirement. What are the current and future needs of the occupation under consideration? What are the future projections for this occupation? Is this an occupation that is growing or waning? This is something that we can determine based on Department of Labor projections.
Is the work setting one that suits your interests? Is the occupation selected performed indoors, outdoors or a combination of both? Does the occupation require travel to danger zones? Can you do the work from home? The questions above and others should be answered on a personal level. This is a personal occupation selection. The happier you are with your work the more likely it will be a success. Your main obligation is to strive to be the best that you can be in whatever field you choose.
In this regard we will apply the questions who, what, where, when and how in our examination of the graphic designer. That is to say we will apply the questions: Who are graphic designer? What do graphic designers do? Where do graphic designers work? When do graphic designers work? How are graphic designers compensated?
Durham Needs a Living Wage
Living wage estimates can also be used as an evaluation tool for economic development and other proposed policies or policy changes by aiding in the estimation of effect, that is, to include not only effects to the local economy but also to the potential well-being of workers and their families. We developed a living wage calculator to estimate the cost of living in your community or region based on typical expenses. The tool helps individuals, communities, and employers determine a local wage rate that allows residents to meet minimum standards of living. Posted on September 7, September 7, Categories Workshop Update Leave a comment on The Living Wage on Labor Day A Living Wage –Exploration of Considerations Most would not have to think very long to know what to do when encountering an alligator.