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Opinion | The minimum wage must be equivalent to a living wage

Opinion | The minimum wage must be equivalent to a living wage

By Ethan Tessler, Senior Staff Columnist March 26, 2021
At a minimum, workers should earn enough to cover basic expenses and have money left over for discretionary use.
The minimum wage in Pennsylvania is $7.25 an hour.

Editorial | Unemployment is not flawed, wages are

By The Pitt News Editorial Board May 26, 2020
But the fact that people are earning more on unemployment than they do on the job shows us not that unemployment benefits are too high, but that wages for American workers are far too low.
Minimum wage is $7.25 in Pennsylvania.

Student workers offer opinions on increase in minimum wage

By Rebecca Johnson, Staff Writer October 3, 2019
Students taking at least six credits per semester are eligible for employment through the university. However, not every student is satisfied with the university's decision to pay minimum wage to students.
Opinion | Point: Want student workers? Pay them

Opinion | Point: Want student workers? Pay them

By Grace McGinness, Staff Columnist September 11, 2019
Student job is a vague term that could be used to include every job from a dishwasher in the dining halls to research assistant in a biochemical lab.
Opinion | Counterpoint: Raising minimum wage won’t help students

Opinion | Counterpoint: Raising minimum wage won’t help students

By Michael Clifford, For The Pitt News September 11, 2019
The host of “living wage” arguments are weakly founded.
An Amazon worker scans items with a handheld device before putting them in storage pods maneuvered by robots. Amazon announced its plan to roll out a $15-an-hour minimum wage for all of its U.S. employees.

Amazon wage increase is not good enough

By Jason Henriquez, For The Pitt News October 9, 2018
Amazon recently announced an increase in the minimum wage for its hourly workers, but until the company enables unionization efforts, increases benefits to independent contractors and veteran workers and stops avoiding taxes, it shouldn’t receive any kudos.
(Photo by Thomas Yang | Assistant Visual Editor)

Editorial: Amazon sets great example, raises minimum wage

By The Pitt News Editorial Board October 3, 2018
Amazon is known for treating its employees poorly — so raising its minimum wage is a welcome decision. It’ll help nearly a quarter million people financially.
Kyle Guinness and Katherine Ranck, members of Pitt Libertarians, debate wealth redistribution Wednesday night in the William Pitt Union. (Photo by Issi Glatts | Assistant Visual Editor)

Progressives, libertarians debate wealth redistribution

By Madeline Gavatorta / Staff Writer February 22, 2018

The Pitt Progressives and the Students for Liberty met Wednesday night in the William Pitt Union Kurtzman Room to debate their views on the government and distribution of wealth. The Bully PulPitt and...

United Food & Commercial Workers Union members rally at Schenley Plaza last Friday. (Photo by Christian Snyder | Contributing Editor)

Unlivable wages: why the federal minimum isn’t enough

By Elise Lavallee, Contributing Editor September 15, 2017

If you were on campus last Friday, you might’ve seen an RV sporting a cartoon photo of Donald Trump hiding behind a smiley face mask. This unusual RV serves as the mobile headquarters for the 2017 Trump...

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