r/antiwork 14d ago

How about this now?

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u/cobaltandchrome 14d ago

It means teachers and other highly skilled jobs with garbage wages should get a raise.

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u/Qryptoskydiver 14d ago edited 14d ago

‘Raise’ isn’t even the right word in this case. I’d call it a correction in salary.

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u/scrotumsweat 14d ago

Yeah like a x2 would be appropriate

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u/yourmomsrathole 14d ago

Teachers should make at very least as much as cops, if not a bit more, ‘cause good education would theoretically cut down on crime, and lead to fewer cops being needed.

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u/darklinksquared social-anarchism 14d ago

But then how will they fill up the for-profit prisons?

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u/yourmomsrathole 14d ago

Let’s lock up people who profit on others suffering, like the people who own for profit prisons.

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u/Ferlingyeti 14d ago

Reality television but it's just CEOs in solitary confinement.

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u/yourmomsrathole 14d ago

CEO cage fights would probably draw some decent PPV numbers.

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u/Mklein24 13d ago

Reverse squid games.

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u/XtraLyf 13d ago

Shrimp cocktail games.

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u/the5thstring25 13d ago

Im not saying we should do this, I’m also not going to stop anyone from doing this.

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u/Bleedingvengence 13d ago

Basically make the french revolution a game show. Call it "You still want to be a millionaire?"

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u/oopsthatsastarhothot 13d ago edited 13d ago

I regret I can note give you an award, plz take my upvote

This mental image deserves it.

I'm high and all I can see is Elon musk and Jeff bezos beating the shit out of each other with sticks on a deserted island .

EDIT: thanks for those awards y'all.

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u/joseph_bellow 13d ago

Would love to see elon and jeff b. In a cage match

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u/bad_pangolin 13d ago

CEO vs lion in gladiatorial style combat in ampitheatre , if its jeff bezos two lions vs CEO

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u/Flyingwheelbarrow 13d ago

I don't want the lions to eat trashy food.

Can be be CEO's versus a hippotamus in an artificial lake?

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u/Nruggia 13d ago

Who wants to be a millionaire, but the contestants are all billionaires so it’s high stakes.

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u/ultratoxic 13d ago

Tonight! It's Musk vs Besos in the Scrooge Room!! Watch these Titans of Industry fight to the death to avoid being crushed beneath tons of industrial waste!

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u/Noone_UKnow 13d ago

What would be the fun in putting them into solitary confinement? Put them into gen pop, and watch them try to figure out how to manage their egos in an oppressed society of equals. Bwahaha 🤣

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u/oopsthatsastarhothot 13d ago

10/10 would watch this entire thread as a tv show. I would pay for this shit.

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u/passwordsarehard_3 13d ago

Segregate them out by themselves and watch them turn on each other. When they come to a pecking order you combine them with everyone else.

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u/mustyminotaur 13d ago

Like the tv show idea where the CEO has to live on the lowest earner’s salary, but it for-profit-prison owners spending a month in their own prison

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u/Raging_Phoenix478 13d ago

Can we also do episodes where nursing home owners are forced to live in and endure the conditions in their facilities?

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u/crazycatlady331 13d ago

I'm showing my age here. But bring back Celebrity Deathmatch, but real and not claymation.

I'd love to see the first episode feature Mark Zuckerberg vs Elon Musk.

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u/the_friendly_dildo 13d ago

Squid game but with CEOs as the contestants. The level depravity would certainly be alarming to most I think.

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u/daytonakarl 13d ago

And that'll be before the games begin

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u/the_friendly_dildo 13d ago

Haha, probably. Jackasses would do anything for a dollar.

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u/NotARobotDefACyborg 13d ago

I did see that the Biden Administration is introducing a law that would forbid government agencies doing business with for-profit prisons. Definitely on the right track there.

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u/chocothunder 13d ago

He already stopped them from forming new government contracts via executive order, but they immediately found a loophole that lets a lot of them keep operating like the parasites they are.

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u/memeboiandy 13d ago

And make them pay for it

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u/xtilexx 13d ago

You've got me thinking about why teacher salaries are so low now... Studies have shown that effective and readily available education leads to lower rates of criminal activity. Wonder why public education gets shit on so consistently by politics

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u/inCaseOfEmergenC 13d ago

Well an educated population means no more easy votes & leas control over the people.

Also, I thought part of the reason Lottery / Lotteries in States are allowed is to fund education & educational programs. Regardless, nothing is going to change much with Higher Pay for teachers, unless the education system, Curriculum, & Standardized Testing is dealt with.

Oh so the county or the state scores are / were Low on the practice exams. Oh shit, that means no more money, get the local & state reps on the phone, we need to lower the scoring & get our numbers up to maintain the funding, I mean educate the children.

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u/ckfromcc 13d ago

What they said when they started the Florida lottery was it would go to education. What they didn't say was that they would reduce the budget by the amount that the lottery brought in. So really no more money than what we had before the lottery

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u/Jay-the-Barbarian 13d ago

Did the same in California.

Lotto people: “Let’s start a lotto. A portion of profits will go schools.”

People: “Yay! More money for schools!”

Government: “Since the lotto is giving the schools all this money, we won’t give as much.”

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u/macgillweer 13d ago

That "Lottery for Texas Schools" is a complete load of horseshit.

Let's say they alot $500M for schools in TX (It's more like $5B).

Let's say the State Lottery earns $150M. Great! $650M for schools' right?

Nope.

They take $150M out of the money budgeted for schools and apply the $150M they made on made on the lottery.

Horseshit.

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u/retroedd 13d ago

The states that due this simply use lottery to fill a pre-allocated and very low budget amount determined for education. The lottery means less burden on the state, but not more money for schools.

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u/itsfuckinrob 13d ago

Shhhh, you don't want to upset the modern-day slavery system. /s

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u/Sharp-Floor 13d ago

You may be pleased to hear Biden signed an EO ordering the DOJ not to renew any contracts for private prisons. Obama had already done that, but Trump undid it.

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u/vanishplusxzone 13d ago

Yep, America doesn't want to cut into the slavery industry. This country cannot exist without slaves.

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u/MaliaXOXO 14d ago

Yeah but uneducated people make better wage slaves.

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u/yourmomsrathole 14d ago

Aye, there’s the rub. We need to educate enough of the population to vote for more education.

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u/Tochudin 13d ago

In Plato's words: “Educate the children and it won't be necessary to punish the men”

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u/son_e_jim 14d ago

And reduce the load on healthcare.

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u/Dayl-San 14d ago

The police unions will put a stop to that

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u/Bradcopter 14d ago

That's fine, I vote to stop paying them. They won't come in when the money dries up.

(Let me have this dream)

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u/DoomsdayRabbit 14d ago

The only unions with any power left are police and politicians' unions.

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u/Msfrankie57 14d ago

You know what else will cut down on crime? Paying people a living wage!

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u/labellavita1985 13d ago

They are also literally more educated than cops.

California has the most education requirement for cops, which is 2 years.

All public school teachers have, at the least, a Bachelor's degree, which is 4-5 years.

(Private schools and charter schools may make exceptions to this rule.)

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u/Imaginary_Bet_6461 13d ago

California only requires a high school diploma to be a peace officer. Basic academy is 680 hours (or so). About a 5-6 month academy. But, no, just a high school diploma is required.

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u/grey8475 14d ago

"...cause good education would lead to fewer cops and cut down on crime being needed." There, I think thats mo' betta.

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u/MrChunky22 14d ago

Much mo betta

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u/Sharp-Floor 13d ago

Teachers should make at very least as much as cops

That's not a bad idea. I want my area to have a new rule, where no full time teacher can make less than a full time cop salary.

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u/RamsHead91 13d ago

Teachers should make substantial more than cops.

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u/Matt463789 14d ago

I'd say x3. We should be paying teachers more than average.

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u/pHScale 13d ago

The state: "ok, we'll triple teacher's wages, but we're not changing the education budget a cent. So you schools get to hire a third of the teachers. And you teachers have to teach 3 times as many kids."

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u/narosis 14d ago

teachers surely deserve immediate retroactive salary correction.

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u/kaielias 14d ago

The way kids be acting teachers need a “correction in salary” and THEN a raise on top of it.

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u/0KelpShake0 14d ago

Yeah, they need a correction of pay. They're so underpaid, it's a joke

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u/JaggedTheDark 14d ago

And to top that off, a lot of teachers have to use their own pocket money to get supplies for class.

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u/Able-Topic-4226 13d ago

And in a lot of states, we pay for own subs when we use our "paid time off" (personal days). It's about $90/day... which sucks, until you consider that a sub is only making $90/day, and then it sucks even worse.

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u/Foofieboo 13d ago

Teacher in Texas. The state made headlines in 2019 for approving a $5k teacher raise, but didn't dictate how it was supposed to roll out and didn't really fund it with the districts. Most districts added it to starting 0 year exp salary and smashed down on the step increases for experienced teachers. My employer made it "performance based" $1,200 bonus of you didn't use any of your PTO, and reduced it by $100 every HALF OR FULL day PTO you used. They also immediately increased it health insurance premium costs.

I have 15 years experience and my salary is $4k more annually than a brand new teacher.

I can't find a job in another industry as a project manager, or any kind of expertise in my content area that isn't shit entry level because despite all the "teachers are the backbone of society" respect floating out of people's mouth, nobody considers education as a real job in terms of years of experience.

Industry thinks I can't manage a schedule, resources, team responsibilities, tasking and delegating because in my 15 years of experience I've been doing it I've had to rely on unpaid teenagers and zero profit incentive. Oh golly jeeze, I don't know what I would do if I had to manage a project with a budget, dedicated resources, and a labor force that I could incentivize with pay and tangible benefits.

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u/kmtheo 13d ago

Hi, teacher here. I spent easily $1,000 a year on my own classroom.

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u/Some-Air9442 14d ago

Yes, that’s the term we should use

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u/SicMundus1888 14d ago

60k a year would be an appropriate starting salary.

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u/entourageffect 14d ago

Bernie wanted teacher salaries STARTING at 60K nationally but no one wanted him! I voted for Bernie in the primary. Damn proud of it too. Bernie always should have been President.

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u/PleasureToNietzsche 14d ago

The problem is that “we” are a little too brainwashed to even be able to vote in our own best interests

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u/WoolDroolPool 13d ago

Not even the teacher unions would endorse him! Not that our Union even asked us teachers what we wanted. I am still bitter about this.

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u/entourageffect 13d ago

Bernie is screaming to all of us that we're all getting gaslit and no one listens

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u/Then_Ad_878 13d ago

I’m relatively conservative, but I agree with a lot of what Bernie advocates for. A lot of it is common sense. It sounds prideful, but I’d like our country to be the best one in the world. There’s no reason our government can’t build an extensive public transport system and give everyone equal access to quality medical care and good education that doesn’t put someone over 100,000 in debt. Like, anyone can see this is broken and needs fixed!

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u/MelatoninJunkie 13d ago

Also, any supplies a teacher buys for their job should be tax deductible, no cap.

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u/FUCKeveryMOD_REDDIT 13d ago

As an aircraft mechanic, when I started out 20 years ago $25hr was normal. Today, it’s the same wage.

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u/Seanzietron 14d ago edited 14d ago

Yep. But every time we vote to put “more money in education” it goes to admin positions who also spend a crap ton of money on useless testing software.

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u/MassiveFajiit 14d ago

In Texas it also goes to massive football stadiums for mediocre teams.

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u/itsallrighthere 14d ago

Successful football programs sells real estate. Inflated real estate increases tax revenue. Increased tax revenue pays more to administrators. Administrators build bigger stadiums.

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u/MassiveFajiit 13d ago

And here I thought good jobs nearby did that lol

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u/Sung-got-Drip 14d ago

Also gotta test yachts, ya know? Jet skis too while we're at it.

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u/Seanzietron 14d ago edited 13d ago

It’s hilarious how true this is... each year at my district, admin approve 10% raises on their salaries that are 150k starting. And when teachers ask for raises... they deny it.

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u/w0t3rdog (edit this) 14d ago edited 14d ago

And this is why we need teachers unions with national coverage.

"This is the entry level pay. This will follow inflation. We will check up on you to make sure it is correct. Salaries will always increase at minimum keeping pace with inflation. After x years working as a teacher, their salaries should increase with y%. And then every z amount of years, it should get additional increases. Fail to follow this, and we all strike all over the fucking state. All because you fucked up. Capiche?"

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u/Toasted_pinapple 14d ago

Honestly teachers should be paid more than a regular job in whatever field they specialize in because they have to learn how to teach on top of that.

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u/w0t3rdog (edit this) 14d ago edited 14d ago

Actually, there is a really interesting story about when Toys'r'us first came to Sweden.

They opened up three stores, one in each of Swedens three largest cities. And they opened shortly before christmas. So they hired on a ton of people.

Everyone was happy. Lots of jobs. Big new place to shop for presents. Etc etc.

Then christmas passed. And despite what seemed like really good sales numbers... people were called into the back office, and came out crying. People were horrified. Dreading being the next to be called.

Christmas was over, and managment was getting rid of the spares. Though... their contracts said nothing about being extras. They had the exact same contracts as the others who were spared.

The union was called in (namely: Handels, the union for... store employees? I think...) and they began throwing their weight at the chain. All union members walked out. Many who werent joined and also walked out.

Negotiations stalled. A blockade was announced.

Time dragged on.

Other unions began sympathy actions. Kommunal (a union for... public service employees? Kinda.) had their members refuse to empty the stores' trash bins. Transport (union for... transport employees...) refused to deliver goods. Financial unions refused to perform transactions...

Something to note aswell, Handels covered the entire country. And every member paid a member fee. A member fee that now helped the striking members to afford striking for months.

4 months. It took four months to break Toys'r'us's will. They caved. And swedish unions became the first ever to force Toys'r'us into making a deal.

Now: imagine the same happening in america. Amazon. Wallmart. Target. Schools. Hospitals. Delivery drivers. Etc. Etc.

Today you. Tomorrow me. Collective thinking, rather than individual, gives everyone more power in the end.

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u/Toasted_pinapple 14d ago

Oh damn that's a beautiful story.

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u/Frommerman 14d ago

And they have to deal with literal fucking children. All day, every day.

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u/apollymi 14d ago

University level too. The administrators get a raise every year, but there’s never enough money to give staff raises.

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u/falllinemaniac 14d ago

Adjunct professors are basically intern(slave) labor.

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u/xemity 13d ago

One of the saddest things was seeing a University of Houston adjunct begging the students to help them get a raise because the administration said they didn’t have any money and the tenured professors weren’t interested in helping.

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u/Flapjack__Palmdale 14d ago

It's getting worse now at my uni. Faculty is way too top heavy now.

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u/apollymi 14d ago

None of our junior faculty have had raises either. But the senior faculty? The ones they want to brag about? Yeah, there are raises for them, even if they haven’t been in the country or teaching their classes since before the pandemic started.

And the provosts can have raises higher than my annual salary. But sure, there’s no money.

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u/Flapjack__Palmdale 14d ago

Honestly hate college. I love classes, my professors have all been incredible (one of them is officiating my wedding next fall) and the experience has been great. The organization itself is absolute trash. They're capitalist structures.

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u/02gixxersix 14d ago edited 13d ago

When I lived in Cali the Superintendent in my wife's district (she's a teacher) got a big raise amidst budget cuts. She was making $400K+ a year and was TERRIBLE at her job. Teachers are one of our most underpaid and underappreciated demographics. I will never understand why my wife puts up with what she does.

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u/RollinThundaga 14d ago

Yachtsy DeVos

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u/No_name_bill 14d ago

Painfully true. In my school district, the citizens passed a referendum specifically worded ‘to increase teacher pay’. If passed the superintendent got a nice day bonus. And so it passed, when the Union started contract negotiations the administration stated no teacher pay increases. Before the referendum money was released on July 1, they gave all the teachers a $1000 a year pay increase. They are now saying that was the promised increase and they just did it early. The referendum was for $220,000,000. There are approximately 1,100 teachers in the entire school district…

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u/Abetok 13d ago

It's amazing how money just disappears into these systems. Whenever someone tells me that there needs to be more money in education in America, must point out that public education funding per pupil has increased dramatically, while outcomes have remained stagnant or worse (while curriculums have been dumbed down to get more kids to pass).

Its ridiculous. America is plagued by middle men, whether in the health insurance business, the financial sector, or even education. They're such obvious leeches who provide no value, landlords provide more value than them by theoretically subsidizing housing costs for struggling families (up for debate but still, it is more value than useless administrators)

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u/Csdsmallville 13d ago

Depends on the school district. I help audit school districts and I see some that are penniless and others have millions of dollars in untapped funds.

School districts and buildings are large capital expenditures that require lots of overhead cost to keep running. It’s also due to accountability laws so that money isn’t just outright stolen like in charter schools. Doesn’t help that school districts are required to fund retirement accounts so a lot of funds go there as well and it’s tricky to track that.

If you want gluttony, look at charter schools which have a president and their spouse which are often paid 6 to 7 figures for just owning a charter school and nothing else.

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u/Independent-Bug1209 14d ago

This is the fucking Truth. I'm a teacher. Our admin fully admitted they are flush with cash from covid legislation. They have us less than $10 a day COVID pay one time last year, not this year and just wasting the rest on bullshit to run to raise meaningless test scores.

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u/Madditudev1 14d ago

I love how they pretend to not understand that teachers should be earning more and prefer to frame it as minimum wage earners should get less 🙄. Pricks.

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u/KiFirE 13d ago

I like how they say college degree. Like there aren't people under $15 with a college degree.

I have a computer software engineering degree and made under $10 an hour before the pandemic.

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u/SevenSoIaris 13d ago

I have made under $10 an hour writing software because I underestimated how long it would take me to write the software.

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u/beam100 14d ago

I'm a teacher in wi. Avg teacher salary 2005 here was 56000. 2021 avg salary in wi was 59000. So ya the issue is not a 15$ min wage it's that salaries for many college educated required positions have not grown according to inflation or anywhere near that.

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u/Positron49 14d ago

Not our fault that everyone forgot to give out appropriate raises the last 30 years... Its like every major industry pushed off their cost of doing business until now and its all catching up them!

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u/AloneYogurt 14d ago

This.

But raising wages isn't the only issue here. Real inflation and created inflation is another issue. We need to get this under control so $15 minimum doesn't feel like $7.25.

There's honestly so much to look at it's not even funny.

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u/OverlordMMM 14d ago

That's true, but considering that wages haven't risen with inflation for a long time a $15 minimum doesn't match where the minimum should be and everyone knows it.

It's like having a wound that needs stitches, and folks insisting putting a bandaid on it instead.

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u/AnonymousLoner1 13d ago

It IS "under control"...THEIR control. We force them to raise wages, they force prices to rise with it, to try and maintain their control over us.

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u/9-lives-Fritz 14d ago

A rising tide lifts all ships

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u/mabendroth 13d ago

My parents have masters degrees and were capped at $50k each despite decades in the field on top of advanced degrees. Society takes advantage of people who feel called to educate kids.

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u/EsquireGambit 14d ago

Yeah but they won’t, so now what?

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u/hellaella55 14d ago

God he’s almost there!

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u/nex703 14d ago

right? like... so close... just wow

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u/No_Refrigerator4584 14d ago

And yet so far. You know what would have helped him? A teacher who was being paid a decent salary.

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u/umme99 13d ago

I’m sad for him that he doesn’t understand his statement isn’t an argument against a higher minimum wage

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u/LotAxolotl 13d ago

Almost as if education is underfunded for a reason...

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u/McRibEater 13d ago edited 13d ago

I live in an area where minimum wage went to $15 a few years ago and honestly it’s been great for this very reason. Companies can’t get anyone to work for them for close to minimum wage so all of the salaries around them have to go up. For example Amazon starts at $20 an hour here. Which is a great thing as middle class people end up putting those increases earnings right back into the economy buying goods and services they desperately need (whereas cutting taxes for the rich just puts more money in their offshore bank accounts). Teachers make $80,000-90,000+ in Canada as they should, so their salaries didn’t go up, but other relatively skilled labour jobs did like call center jobs, warehouse jobs, etc.

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u/PatrykBG 13d ago

Wait, teachers make 80K in Canada?? Man, I really gotta get the F outta Dodge and move there.

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u/orahaze 13d ago

I had to doublecheck that it wasn't that subreddit

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u/MrChunky22 14d ago

There it is!

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u/JustthenewsonCS 14d ago

Ironically, the person is a teacher themselves. Yet, people like this guy are so brainwashed and frankly braindead that they can’t see how possibly a minimum wage going up would give him and other teachers more leverage in negotiating their salary WHILE ALSO helping people working less paying jobs.

People like this moron are a large part of the issue in this country. You have a mass of people voting against their own interest, while simultaneously voting for some rich peoples interest. Meanwhile, those rich people vote in their OWN interest, actively lobby to screw over people like the guy on Twitter, and then people wonder why the system is screwed up.

This is literal basic game theory. If you have person A looking out for person B interest, but person B is looking out for their own internet while actively screwing over person A, person A is going to suffer and actively get screwed if they don’t change their strategy.

This is why this sub is so important. People are finally done with the morons like the guy on Twitter (bootlickers) and are done being screwed by the system and are finally standing up for themselves.

It’s time to bring back unions, raise the minimum wage, bring back taxes to a point where the rich aren’t paying less percentage wise than their secretaries, and give universal healthcare to all US citizens (like every other civilized country has).

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u/outragedtuxedo 13d ago

I'd call this a classic case of punching down. Giving people a living wage for giving 40hours does not TAKE from you. If anything it should serve to highlight how much more you should be paid. But dont begrudge someone below you for being able to afford food and shelter. Demand you be paid better for your perceived value. Don't devalue someone else's time.

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u/Roggvir 13d ago

You have a mass of people voting against their own interest, while simultaneously voting for some rich peoples interest.

That's because they're just temporarily embarrassed millionaires and not poor.

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u/Quelcris_Falconer13 13d ago

Bootlickers are what’s really destroying this country. The blind idolization of the rich and general malaise about doing anything that would improve society and requires minimal effort. Too many People want to zone out and not participate but judge society when things don’t go their way

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u/DismalActivist 14d ago

Teachers should make more than 33k

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u/Howdydobe 14d ago edited 13d ago

Teachers should be squarely middle class. 60k EDIT: as many have pointed out, 60k is not middle class everywhere. Whatever middle class is where you live should be the starting wage for teachers.

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u/Typ0r8r 14d ago

My mom as a special ed teacher for over 30 years. She retired making about 65k. This should not be teachers wage AFTER 30 years, that should be starting-ish.

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u/jtig5 14d ago

Red state?

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u/Typ0r8r 14d ago edited 13d ago

Michigan; we're* swingers, lol

Edit: hilarious auto correct corrected

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u/ConditionNo1465 13d ago

were swingers, lol

/r/outofcontextgold

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u/Typ0r8r 13d ago

I cannot view that community for some reason

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u/ConditionNo1465 13d ago

doesn't exist, shockingly.

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u/cowboyboombap 13d ago

Michigan at the state level is pretty red. All the senators and reps from the UP and Northern Lower get elected and go fuck everything up.

Source: Grew up in the Northern Lower

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u/CoolioDaggett 13d ago

The UP was actually pretty blue up until the last decade. Now, it's basically Alabama. The lower peninsula conservatives have always been crazy.

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u/iltopop 13d ago

That was only cause Bart Stupak was pretty conservative even with the D next to his name. Remember he's the one who added the "never fund an abortion" clause to the ACA. I live in the UP, if you aren't in Marquette you're in stereotypical redneck country pretty much everywhere you're right there. Even in Houghton you're not as safe as you might think with Tech there, anywhere off campus is a tossup. I think we voted for Clinton the first time up here, too lazy to look and was too young to remember at the time, but I know we were firmly GOP for the presidential elections since I've been able to vote.

Interestingly enough, weed is SUPER popular among conservatives up here. They voted overwhelmingly to legalize up here and I see way more GOP bumper stickers than I would have ever expected in the dispensary parking lot near my house.

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u/Typ0r8r 13d ago

Currently live in northern lower. Funilly enough, I didn't really care for our current governor whitmer until covid hit. She was not fucking around and I appreciated it. She mellowed out after those trumpers tried to kidnap her cuz numbers are back on the rise and there's no more closures or anything. Vaccine rates help, but my immediate area is low. Nothing to do with antiwork, just a tangent.

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u/FART_POLTERGEIST 13d ago

She didn't mellow out, the Republican state congress took away her emergency powers

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u/lightreaver1 13d ago

As someone who grew up in mid Michigan on a cow farm let me tell you. I am not going to any family function. For one anti vaccine for 2 they dislike me for having a child isn't white. I hate this state so much. And I completely understand how you feel. Stay safe. Also just my tangent.

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u/Mars5012005 13d ago

Wife’s an SLP in public school, currently makes around 48k a year after 6 years of college and special training to give various tests, so checks out. Public education pay is the suck (great benefits though)

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u/anythingfordopamine 14d ago

I think we should be taking notes from Japans playbook and be holding teachers in the same esteem as doctors. Unbelievably demanding jobs that are absolutely integral to the proper functioning of society

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u/Sonic10122 13d ago

I’d agree, but also maybe not have student life be as grueling as it is in Japan. Even through anime’s rose tinted glasses it’s kind of fucked, in reality it’s VERY fucked how much pressure those kids are under.

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u/trimbandit 13d ago

60k will get you solidly into the van-class in SF.

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u/zoltar-wisdom 13d ago edited 13d ago

60k here in MN is plenty if you’re not strapped with debt or student loans. They keep most of us in “high skilled” jobs hourly at 55-60k to ensure we can pay bills but don’t get comfortable. A $15 min wage would help a lot of impoverished here. $7.50 is…absolutely fucking grotesque.

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u/eyeharthomonyms 13d ago

Teachers should be professional class white collar workers. Not just middle class. They should make as much as a consultant, programmer or any other skilled, highly educated worker.

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u/imjustbrowsing123 13d ago

College professors would like this to be the case as well.

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u/North_Activist 13d ago

I think teachers should start at $65k minimum, and get a bonus + inflation raise every year

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u/Nukeliod 13d ago

Everyone should get an increase in pay to at least match inflation. No raise or one that is less than inflation is a pay cut.

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u/Nylo_Debaser 14d ago

At least, more in expensive markets

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u/clamholes 13d ago

$60k is not middle class.

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u/DelTac0perator 13d ago

Depends on location. San Diego? Hell no. Central Texas? Hell yes.

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u/DismalActivist 14d ago

That's still too low imo. Also 60k where I live is barely middle class. No family of 2 or greater can live on that if it's the sole income.

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u/Tyrus 13d ago

Yes, but this tweet is not true (at least not entirely) because:

There is no single starting salary for teachers in the state of Texas because we use independent school districts. In the Houston area the average is 50k, and the one I worked for was 56k (the highest)

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u/proudbakunkinman 13d ago

Yeah, this tweet is very deceptive and pointing blame towards Biden. Anger should be at local boards of education, maybe county or state level and administrators. I'm not sure Biden can even force local boards of education to raise teacher salaries.

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u/thesnowgirl147 13d ago

I'm a teacher in Texas, the data is slightly inaccurate. Here, local districts set their own salary and rate of pay. The 33k is the STATE MINIMUM that districts are allowed to pay, but most districts, especially in the metro areas start somewhere in the 50sK and smaller cities in the 40sK.

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u/Doyoubleedyouwill 14d ago

I live in Texas and everyone I know that is a teacher makes $52-60k. Maybe the 33k is in small towns where cost of living is low. Like 400-600/mo rent

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u/thesnowgirl147 13d ago

Texas teacher here, can confirm. The 33k only exists as a starting salary in rural districts, the metro areas here start mid-50s and usually top out around 70k.

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u/sonictwinkie1 14d ago

I dunno what the fuck is gonna happen to us

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u/bone420 14d ago

We all die. Life is a trip, all have the same destination.

Try not to live as only your work self.

Enjoy the journey.

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u/AngrySqurl 13d ago

You say that but people are really out there working 60 hours a week to get by. How you supposed to live as anything else then?

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u/ginger_and_egg 13d ago

Collective action. Workers working together to improve their working conditions

Contact the IWW or EWOC to learn how to help

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u/-make-haste-slowly- 13d ago

What are those acronyms?

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u/magnament 13d ago

Ditto.

And fart loud

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u/BenGrahamButler 13d ago

Fart proudly. - Ben Franklin

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u/Guamonice 13d ago

It's hard when my work self is the only thing keeping me off the streets

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u/ArchetypalJester 13d ago

Absolutely. That is a statement straight from psychedelic experience. I also fully believe this.

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u/olnog 13d ago

I became interested in antiwork a while back and thought it was relatively fringe. I used to follow this subreddit a while back but changed accounts, so imagine my surprise when this subreddit regularly hits \r\all. I think that's very hopeful, at least within the reddit demographic.

Because of my aspirations, I think about a post-scarcity world quite a bit. I think that's the really the only hope we have for humanity and the biggest issue is that a post-scarcity world will not happen in a round-about way from a capitalistic one. It's just not very likely when capitalism's existential imperative is milking scarcity for all its got. So we'd have to have people who are commited to the cause of post-scarcity and actively working towards that, which also isn't really encourage in society.

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u/BuraisonFujii 14d ago

Weird take Clay. The actual takeaway here should be teachers are underpaid…not those without degrees earning nearly as much as underpaid teachers.

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u/ShelfAwareShteve 14d ago

Yeah give him a few more months

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u/ComprehensiveHavoc 14d ago

Both should be paid considerably more. Teachers should obviously make more than minimum wage. But it’s really splitting hairs to compare these things when you have billionaires that don’t pay taxes buying rocket ships to the moon. Pretty sure that’s the real issue.

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u/jjsoyfab 14d ago

If they were dodging taxes they’d be in prison. The loopholes in our tax laws is what we have to fix first.

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u/Kiyasu 13d ago

On a federal level we've all but stopped pursuing white collar crime.

For example, wage theft is the largest form of theft in America, if your logic held out we'd see a fair amount of prosecutions for said crime. There are almost zero convictions for BILLIONS worth of theft. We prosecute literally thousands of times more property crimes despite wage theft being the greater crime overall.

Crimes of the poor and crimes of the rich are handled INCREDIBLY differently.

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u/Shamadruu 13d ago

They can also dodge them simply because nobody's trying to enforce the tax law on them, which they do all the time.

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u/MuleTheDonkey 13d ago edited 13d ago

and that the IRS has told congress it cant afford to audit rich people, so it doesn't. Because of all the loopholes.

Tax law is too complex for the IRS

Not like thats an excuse; spend less resources on poor people then, and make the people dodging millions your number one priority.

https://www.propublica.org/article/irs-sorry-but-its-just-easier-and-cheaper-to-audit-the-poor

The article also claims that the top 1% and the poor get auditeda at the same rate - as audits for the richest have gone down as much as 81% in from 2011-2018, and poor people cant afford the tax write-offs.

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u/LeoSolaris 14d ago

Teachers have been abusively underpaid for almost a century now.

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u/NYFan813 14d ago

If the goal is an easily manipulated electorate, that is a feature, not a bug.

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u/LeoSolaris 14d ago

In isolation, it is not possible to tell if he is advocating keeping minimum wage low or raising teacher pay. He only raising the point that a raised minimum wage being close to what a teacher earns does not make sense.

Though the fact that he lives in Texas does make it likely that he opposed changes.

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u/Kyllingtime 14d ago

It means teachers are highly underpaid is what it means.

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u/Sourkarate 14d ago

Smarty pants over here takes his contempt out on low wage service industry workers instead a) school administration and/or b) fast food chain.

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u/HeadOfSpectre 14d ago

This is ridiculous! The post is right.

This DOESN'T make sense!

Teachers should be paid way more

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u/wausmaus3 14d ago

Pff, why?

It's not like they teach our future generations or anything. Anyone could do that job.

/s

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u/Dachusblot 13d ago

I know you're being sarcastic, but I've legit heard people say, "What do teachers even do? Just babysit the kids all day? Anyone could do that!" smh

And even that's nicer than the lunatics who are convinced that all teachers are evil brainwashing tyrants trying to convince their precious babies to hate America.

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u/FappyDilmore 13d ago

These people are also the ones who lost their fucking minds during COVID when schools were shut down and they couldn't work because they had to watch their own kids.

It's funny watching them try to justify their disdain while also basically begging them to return to the line of fire so they can restart their normal life. The dissonance is just unbelievable.

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u/Rock_Manly 13d ago

Even babysitters make more than $15 hour.

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u/StageRepulsive8697 join r/mcBoycott and Boycott McDonalds! 14d ago

It's just that there are many things that don't make sense. Teacher's getting $30k per years is completely bonkers.

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u/DischordantEQ 14d ago

Funny how these people ALMOST get it, they're so close.

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u/OracleDadOw 14d ago

You should be more upset that a teacher is paid so poorly.

FYI: The minimum wage should be $23hr

American Productivity has climbed constantly without comparable pay increases based on that productivity.

Instead, companies just keep more profit, buy back their own stock, and give executives that don’t do a fucking thing, massive bonuses.

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u/bradferg 14d ago

How will I ever become a billionaire with that attitude?

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u/Roller95 14d ago

Both deserve more money. Don’t fight amongst each other, fight the system

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u/pbr_is_life 13d ago

Rising tides lift all boats.

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u/wins1337 14d ago

I think so many people miss the point behind why wage adjustments need a reform. If you’re working full time for a company and cannot afford to eat, shelter or clothe yourself it doesn’t matter if you have a degree. You need to be able to earn enough to survive whether you went to college or not.

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u/holdensrhm35 14d ago

These arguments posed as questions are so frustrating. Compare salaries to living expenses not other peoples salaries. If you’re going to compare salaries compare it to CEOs of corporations, bring up socialism for the rich and corporate welfare. Citizens fighting citizens gives the duoply power..

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u/sufi42 14d ago

Everyone is being underpaid.

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u/fembabyunicorn 14d ago edited 13d ago

No, it doesn’t. But the answer shouldn’t be that nobody gets paid more it should be that everyone does.

The minimum wage should be raised AND teachers should make more money. In fact MOST people are underpaid for their work. I believe the vast majority of industries need a massive pay hike

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u/KomaedaEatsBagels 14d ago

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So Biden's $15 minimum wage comes out to $31,200 a year for a 40 hour work week. The starting salary for a beginning teacher in Texas is $33,660. So a person working a minimum wage job will be making almost the same as a teacher with a college degree. Does this make any sense? 🤷‍♂️


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u/Snoo_32018 14d ago

Yeah, teachers should make even less. How dare these people actually pay teachers? If you want to be a teacher, you should do it out if your naivetee and guillibility only. Signed, a teacher jumping into the despair pit once a day.

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u/Letifer_Umbra 14d ago

What use is it to me to hold others down? It can only be lorded over me by pointing that they can make me that too. Raise up our fellow brethren and it gives us leverage to get more ourselves too.

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u/itsmarciibitch 14d ago

Pay teachers more? Seems like a logical solution.

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u/Junnowhoitis 14d ago

Two wrongs don't make a right.