10 Facts of Life for Low-Wage Workers

Sources for the information appearing on the infographc slideshow.

Michael Jeffries, CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch, received a total of $46,609,075 in 2011. At 40-hours a week it equates to more than $22,408 per hour. Source

According to Professor Lisa Dodson’s research in “How Youth are put at Risk by Parents’ Low-Wage Jobs” most employment opportunities have come in the low-wage service industry. Two of out every three jobs created in the next decade will also be in the low-wage service industry. Source is a pdf

McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson will earn $8.75 million per year while a minimum wage worker in Illinois earns $8.25 per hour. The federal minimum wage stands at $7.25. Source

Macy’s CEO, Terry Lundgren, is paid $8,486 per hour according to the company’s proxy statement. Source

Marc Doussard’s “Chicago’s Growing Low-Wage Workforce” highlights the fact that the majority of low-wage workers are over the age of 30. Source

According to the National Employment Law Project report, published in August 2012. “The Low Wage Recovery and Growing Inequality.” In Chicago, 80% of restaurant workers do not get regular pay raises and about 75% have never been promoted.

Due to the lack of paid sick days many workers find themselves showing up to work while sick. One in five report being intimidated by their supervisors if they call off sick. Restaurant Opportunities Center of Chicago. The link to the study is here:  “Behind the Kitchen Door: The Hidden Cost of Taking the Low Road in Chicagoland’s Thriving Restaurant Industry”

A full-time minimum wage job would pay $340 a week before taxes. Too many workers do not even have the luxury of full-time employment. From Stephanie Luce, Retail Action Project: Discounted Jobs” Source

According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development the average one bedroom apartment in Chicago costs $853 per month. A monthly transit pass now costs $100 per month (as of January 14, 2013). A thrifty budget for groceries would cost a family of four $626 a month, according to the USDA.

9 thoughts on “10 Facts of Life for Low-Wage Workers

  1. Because a lot of these hourly employees receive food stamps or other subsidies, people like Paul Ryan must assume they’re “takers”, unable and unwilling to accept that sometimes hard work just isn’t enough when all you can find is a minimum-wage job.

  2. Reblogged this on Life. Health. Prosperity. and commented:
    10 Facts of Life for Low-Wage Workers | Fight for 15.

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    Then comes middle management followed by all the lower level managers

    Finally at the very bottom of the corporate pyramid, you have scores of blue collar workers.

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  3. ” Due to the lack of paid sick days many workers find themselves showing up to work while sick. One in five report being intimidated by their supervisors if they call off sick. Retail Opportunity Center. “Behind the Kitchen Door: The Hidden Cost of Taking the Low Road in Chicagoland’s Thriving Restaurant Industry” ”

    Thank you for sourcing the information about paid sick days. The organization is called Restaurant Opportunities Center of Chicago not Retail Opportunity Center. And the link to the study is here: http://rocunited.org/roc-chicago-behind-the-kitchen-door/ . Please update. Thanks.

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