It’s not the wages, it’s the hours:
Ashley Sierra has worked at Dollar General for two years and makes just $11 an hour, while only receiving part-time hours. A mother of three, she relies on family members to barely make ends meet. “My weekly paycheck is no more than $200, $260 at the max. I have three children, I cannot survive on $260 a week, it’s just not working. It needs to get upped to at least $15 an hour, the bottom is $15, because we work so hard for so little,” said Sierra.
She’s working 25 to 30 hours a week there. Yes, there are taxes – FICA – on such low wages.
OK, so, what’s actually the problem here? That no one at this level of the economy can actually gain full time work. If she was doing 40 hours at $11 then sure, she’s still low paid but her income would undoubtedly be higher.
So, why can’t she get 40 hours?
Obamacare. If someone does over 30 hours (about) then the company has to buy them health care insurance. Which is expensive. From the point of view of the employer it’s also not worth it. Schedule 3 part timers instead of 2 full timers – -ish, -ish.
The fuck up is the uptick in compensation costs at approaching full time hours. Which is why near none of the low paid these days gain full time hours.