First, a big thank you to our members who were able to attend the Meetup, Debbie Lowe Mitchell, Gabrielle Harris, Tom Maples, and Barbara Sweeney Bryan! As well as Tom’s guest Dan Higgins.
So everyone had their input as to how to better implement the living wages with and without the government’s involvement.
Tom had to say that simply asking the question of “why not?” can help keep it in our day to day conversation and make a big difference. “ An embarrassment to society” that our working citizens have to deal with. Asking the question about living wages with a fresh perspective and not being forceful about it will help broaden other people’s views. It has to be a moral issue as well as a spiritual one. Has to be voluntary and a guaranteed income can definitely help boost the economy.
Barbara believes that voting in candidates who can better enable a living wage for the working class, will help to give that push. She mentioned that Doug Jones has his priorities set on making it better for workers to receive a decent paycheck then in turn will boost the economy. She is currently working on sending us info on which companies local and corporate that already gives their workers a living wage. I will update you on that shortly.
Gabrielle is working on a script to send directly to the CEO’s of these companies who have issues with understanding their workers and decent pay. We will have Meetups with any manager who would like to learn more to help them understand us as a people who have a life outside of work. She also believes that financial education for all working people is key to understanding and having better clarity and confidence to know how much each person will need. Also, educating all business owners on the win~win situation so to motivate them to make living wages a reality for our community and society.
Dan Higgins, owner of Higgins Tree Services understands, as a business owner, the benefits of making sure his workers are paid a good wage. He is one of the handful of Alabama businesses that’s already started on this moral movement. THANK YOU DAN! He mentioned the Living Wage documentary that everyone should watch. Check it out here >>>https://www.alivingwagefilm.com/ . You can check out how much the average American CEO makes here >>> http://www.epi.org/publication/ceo-....
Debbie believes that it's going to work best with voluntary implementation & grassroots pushing it legislatively. It would also help to get new blood (preferably progressive) people in office to be able to get better wage legislation.
I agree with all of them, and I’m so so proud of every one of these members for their input and conscience in the matter. I believe in trying things that is best for the individual, whether you’ll need $10.5o or $20, or however much you’ll need in order to truly make a living, that is something that should be said on your resume, or cover letter, and even in your interview. To give you even more confidence and in building trust try Money Charting so you’ll know how much you’ll need to get started. Here’s the post on the how to here >>> http://alabamasolutions.weebly.com/... . We need to start being more confident and respectful to ourselves when it comes to financial issues. We are not just something to be used, to be pushed around and be fine with it, to be told excuse after excuse of why we don’t deserve a wage in order to live. WE DESERVE TO HAVE LIVING WAGES. To work overtime and then develop health issues because of it just to receive a paycheck that BARELY pays the bills or doesn’t even come close is a form of punishment. It really is, I mean what more can you really call it? We have an actual brain function called the punishment and reward system that motivates when given a reward and de-motivates when given a punishment. What are we doing to workers when we keep them poor? In the long run, I have a feeling that it’s not good, but we can reverse this tragedy if we stop and think and see people as people. People who help businesses grow and keep their head above water, why can’t they deserve to live their life without the financial burden? Why would they want to give that to anyone of their workers in the first place? Do they not know or do they just not care? So I’m urging everyone to keep believing in people, in doing what’s right, in shutting off bullsh*t propaganda that hurts people. Come back to your senses believe in the truth, facts, research and reports that unanimously says Living Wages are necessary for a successful, happy, healthy and rich society.
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Cortney L. Brown