- Author of Waller's manuscript rewarded for helping feds (1/13/18)
- Police: Man dies from self-inflicted gunshot after standoff in south Cape (1/14/18)3
- Word to your superintendent: Glass rocks Vanilla Ice parody to announce cancellation (1/13/18)3
- Here's what's being built next to Chick-fil-A in Cape (1/18/18)1
- Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce recognizes commitment to community at annual awards banquet (1/13/18)
- Church, businesses set up pop-up homeless shelter as winter storm approaches (1/12/18)1
- Plaintiffs' attorney wants jury to see basement steps at Cape courthouse (1/10/18)
- City of Oran water rates violate state law, auditors find; report details financial-management problems (1/13/18)2
- Poultry in motion: 4-H participants take first in nation with barbecue skills (1/13/18)1
- Cape man wins Scratchers lottery top prize (1/12/18)
Hourly wages need to be higher
To the editor:
Wages are so bad. They need to be at least $10 an hour, but employers resist wage increases with every trick they can think of and every ounce of strength they can summon.
I grew up hearing over and over that hard work was the secret of success, work hard and you'll get ahead or it's hard work that got us where we are. No one ever said you could work harder than you ever thought possible and still find yourself sinking deeper into poverty and debt.
Most people do not know that the National Labor Relations Act of 1935 makes it illegal to punish people for revealing their wages to one another, but the practice is likely to persist until rooted out by lawsuits.
Most of this was taken from the book "Nickel and Dimed" by Barbara Ehrenreich. She has it right. We need to get her and Bill O'Reilly to help the working man. Cape Girardeau needs to get on the ball and pay more than $6 or $7 an hour if employers want people to live indoors.
WADINE G. SAVAGE, Cape Girardeau