Unemployment, minimum wage, and employers looking for workers


1. Your unemployment benefits come from money from your paycheck. It’s like insurance against losing your job. It’s not a gift from the government; you bought it, you paid for it.

2. If employers pay so little that your unemployment benefits are greater, that doesn’t mean the benefits YOU paid for should be lowered. It means employers are not paying enough.

3. A nationwide “strike” of minimum wage earners is the best way we can force these businesses to treat their employees with respect and with a living wage — especially since they all claimed these people were “essential workers” during a pandemic.

4. If you are upset that some worker will now make $15 an hour and that’s close to what you’re making, then the proper realization to you should be “Geez, I’M not being paid what I’m worth, either.”