Strikes in Detroit

Workers in Detroit went on strike due to concerns with their healthcare, insurance, and income equality. How can we as students about to enter the workforce ensure that we are demanding equality from our employers?

I think this is also something interesting to think about for teachers and education. When teachers or employees in the school system strike because of these issues it often means students miss out on their education for that period of time. What can we do prevent these kinds of strikes and make sure that employees are satisfied with their work?

Gender Wage Gap

The issue of the difference in pay between women and men has garnered a lot of attention in the past couple of years. This source of discrimination towards women is best summed up by this excerpt from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research:

 

Amazon Raises Minimum Wage in Michigan

Amazon has decided to increase its minimum wage to $15/hr for all of their jobs, including their warehouse and seasonal workers. Amazon has several distribution centers throughout Michigan, including Shelby Township and Rochester Hills. Minimum wage impacts students because students typically work minimum wage jobs while going to school. Michigan’s minimum wage is currently $9.25, so Amazon raising their minimum wage to $15/hr is a pretty large jump.

Benefits:

Increasing Rent

A traditional list of basic needs for most people include food, shelter, and clothing. This would lead to most assumptions that the price of these things would be relatively cheap, so everyone could afford them. The problem is that while food and clothing may be cheap, in today's society "shelter" is more expensive than ever. This is especially true in relation to housing and overall rent for different groups across the United States, which are highlighted with different excerpts and statistics below. 

Millennials:

Detroit Poverty

Overview:

Currently, the United States economy is "booming". We are in the middle of the longest bull market since World War II and the unemployment rate is at its lowest since 2000. Whether this is due to President Trump or the cyclical movement of the economy is best reserved for another discussion. It would be reasonable to assume that this economic state is benefiting everyone. Surprisingly, some areas in Michigan are still being left behind though. 

Strikes in Detroit

Workers in Detroit went on strike due to concerns with their healthcare, insurance, and income equality. How can we as students about to enter the workforce ensure that we are demanding equality from our employers?

I think this is also something interesting to think about for teachers and education. When teachers or employees in the school system strike because of these issues it often means students miss out on their education for that period of time. What can we do prevent these kinds of strikes and make sure that employees are satisfied with their work?

Gender Wage Gap

The issue of the difference in pay between women and men has garnered a lot of attention in the past couple of years. This source of discrimination towards women is best summed up by this excerpt from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research:

 

Amazon Raises Minimum Wage in Michigan

Amazon has decided to increase its minimum wage to $15/hr for all of their jobs, including their warehouse and seasonal workers. Amazon has several distribution centers throughout Michigan, including Shelby Township and Rochester Hills. Minimum wage impacts students because students typically work minimum wage jobs while going to school. Michigan’s minimum wage is currently $9.25, so Amazon raising their minimum wage to $15/hr is a pretty large jump.

Benefits:

Increasing Rent

A traditional list of basic needs for most people include food, shelter, and clothing. This would lead to most assumptions that the price of these things would be relatively cheap, so everyone could afford them. The problem is that while food and clothing may be cheap, in today's society "shelter" is more expensive than ever. This is especially true in relation to housing and overall rent for different groups across the United States, which are highlighted with different excerpts and statistics below. 

Millennials:

Detroit Poverty

Overview:

Currently, the United States economy is "booming". We are in the middle of the longest bull market since World War II and the unemployment rate is at its lowest since 2000. Whether this is due to President Trump or the cyclical movement of the economy is best reserved for another discussion. It would be reasonable to assume that this economic state is benefiting everyone. Surprisingly, some areas in Michigan are still being left behind though. 

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