Somebody at work asked an important question about minimum wage. Here it is.
The minimum wage goes up to $15 per hour. This means the yearly salary of a minimum wage worker at our school is $31,200. Our office managers, all of whom have college degrees and pass the civil service exam, make $25,000 per year. Which will be significantly less than what an uneducated minimum wage worker at the same school makes.
Moreover, our professors – actual professors with PhDs – start with the salary of $42,000.
Given that we are a university, how can we convince our prospective students that college makes sense if we are paying our minimum-wage workers (98% of whom are our own students) a lot more money before they get a degree than we would pay them after they get a degree?
Yet another question is what vile evildoer comes up with all these idiotic innovations that make us pay bumbling 18-year-olds more money for updating their Instagram feed while “working” at the lab than people with Master’s degrees who make entire departments function? (Obviously nobody will pay this money to the 18-year-olds. They will be fired and the MA holders who get the same old $25,000 per year will mind the lab on top of their other duties. Thank you, Governor Rauner who saddled us with the preposterous minimum wage increase).
P.S. Anybody who mentions that the $25,000 workers and professors get benefits which compensate for lower pay will be banned from the blog immediately for not keeping track of how the same Mr Rauner who saddled us with the stupid minimum wage increase destroyed our benefits. It’s an extremely sore point with me and I can’t deal with any whataboutism on this subject. I literally flow off my handle and start spouting abuse when people mention benefits in the context of my job.