Brazier, who struggles to get by on $_________ an hour despite carefully
managing his expenses. He lives with an aunt in Tacoma and takes the bus to his
job at Burger King in South Seattle.
2.There is a
growing movement to raise the minimum wage to $_________ in Seattle.
3.Even so, a
$15 wage floor would cover way more than the __________ jobs in King County that
pay only the current minimum.
about a quarter of workers in October earned less than $15 an hour, or
$___________ a year on a full-time basis.
sectors are most affected by minimum-wage pay?
finds itself at the forefront of a national push by labor leaders to boost the
minimum wage to a more livable level to ease what?
a supportive new mayor and a socialist City Council member, activists aim to
bring Seattle in line with SeaTac, where voters last month narrowly approved
minimum wage of $________ is the highest of any state in the nation and will
rise to $9.32 on Jan. 1 due to an inflation adjustment.
economic recovery heavily skewed toward low-paying jobs has fueled fears about
nearly _____ percent of jobs last year paid less than $15 an hour, up 3
percentage points from 2009, according to the Seattle-based Alliance for a Just
Society, a national network of grass-roots community organizations.
Obama and congressional Democrats are pushing federal legislation that would
gradually raise the U.S. minimum wage to $________ from $7.25 and peg it to
inflation. But the bill faces an uphill battle in the Republican-led House of
for a Just Society estimates that working full-time at minimum wage in
Washington State provides just ______ percent of what a single adult needs and
only a third of what a parent of two children needs to get by.
opponents say a $15 minimum would do to local businesses?
Class Discussion Questions and Essay Prompts:
·Did you know what the
minimum wage in Washington State is?
·What was your prior
knowledge on this subject?
·What part of this article
stood out to you?
Workers who make minimum wage are a meager 1.5 percent slice of the local
job market, but their numbers nearly doubled over the past two years.
·Do you think those in the higher income brackets will care about the 1.5%
making minimum wage?Do you care
about this issue?Why or why not?
It’s not known how many workers in Seattle would be directly affected by
a minimum- wage increase to $15. Detailed pay information by city or county,
beyond the minimum wage, is scant. And while the Seattle City Council has set
aside $100,000 to study a $15 wage, that won’t be done until June.
·The city of Seattle set aside $100,000 to study the $15 wage. How do you
feel about that?Is it necessary?Why or why not?
“It’s really quite astonishing how much momentum this movement has
gathered within the past year,” said Ben Henry, a senior policy associate at the
Alliance for a Just Society. “This is the first time we might actually get a
minimum wage that at least comes close to what it takes to live.”
·Do you feel that it’s important for companies to provide a “livable” wage
to their employees?Why or why not?
Labor activists also argue that a $15 minimum wage would reduce costs for
public-welfare programs, such as food stamps and Medicaid, while stimulating
consumer spending and boosting the economy.
·Do you agree with the statement above?Why or why not?
increasing the minimum wage to $15/hour truly improve workers’ rights and create
equal opportunity?Why or why not?
Newspaper-related CBA activity:U.S.
How the United States government interacts with the world affects people across
the globe.Analyze and evaluate the
causes and effects of US foreign policy on people in the United States and
across the world.
Using The Seattle Times e-edition, find an article from this week that deals
with world politics or foreign policy.
What are the main points of view from someone living in that particular country?How is that “view” similar and different than your own opinion, regarding
the specific issue the article is discussing?
·Why is it important to
study and learn about foreign policy?How does it help you understand the world we live in, using current
issues and events?
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