$9.00 an Hour for an Ignored Buisness

I watched Fox News’ Bulls and Bears. one of the topics was the President request to raise the minimum wage to $9.00 an hour. All on the panel except for one liberal guest panelist was against it. One panelist pointed out that it was a wage for working teens. Well that is not really true.

Child care1In all the arguments, I hear about minimum wage jobs constantly from the fiscally conservative side, they make it sound like a person within a year is making far more. The business of child care where there are minimum wage paychecks or close to it abound, is completely ignored. I know Pres. Obama’s call to raise the minimum wage is not going well with child care business owners.

As a child care teacher, years ago, I was fortunate to worked for a non-profit well-known church organization that paid well and offered great benefits for some years. Being hired during the good times, my hourly pay grew into the early teens per hour before I moved on into center directing.  In the later years before they closed down most of their child care centers, new hires did not get health benefits and received the minimum wage or as close to it as possible.

As a child care director working for a for-profit business chain. I had to learn quickly how my decisions on pay for new hires affected the profit/loss on my center. I wanted experience classroom teachers also called assistant group supervisors to make at least $8.00 an hour. I wanted to pay Lead teachers, also called group supervisors, with experience at least around $11.00 an hour. My profit/loss statements had me bringing that hourly pay down to $10.00.

When I moved on to another for-profit center around 2006, the corporate head took me to task for starting an experienced classroom teacher/assistant group supervisor at $8.15 an hour. The highest she wanted me to start a classroom teacher was $7.50 an hour. If that $900 an hour becomes law, child care businesses will be cutting teacher hours and/or raising child care fees for parents to much higher levels.

Bleak: The New Normal

Gary Varvel Cartoon

This is so sad, but at least people are getting jobs that place them in the over qualification category. My year of 1973 was also not a great time to graduate and look for a job. Back then, the policy of not hiring people who were over qualified for a position prevailed.  Through the years that I worked in child care, I worked as a teacher in a center that would not hire an over qualified person for any of the classroom positions. When I directed a center for a for-profit chain, I was told not to hire any over qualified people, because they are still on the hunt for the job that befits their degree, less loyal and would not give full commitment to the children.

There are people out there who feel college is a waste, but then they want college degree people educating their young children, helping them with legal issues and etc. I know a few folks who are telling their teenage sons and daughters that they are on their own for paying for education after high school, because of the bleak outcome for today’s college graduate as featured in the “New Normal” editorial cartoon. They feel college is a wasted investment. And to think this bleak situation continues and increases under Pres. Obama! I hope the people most affected think seriously about not voting for him in November.

I must add that “child care” at the end of the list  in the cartoon would be needed regardless, even if people could get jobs befitting  their degrees.

A Couple of Brief Labor Day Related Thoughts

As the Labor Day Holiday weekend comes to an end, here are a couple of brief jobs related thoughts. If the economy would rebound with jobs a plenty, regardless how anyone feels about the President, there would be an enormous amount of happy thankful folks across the country. With the unemployed or underemployed back in full employment, I dare say that some who did care would no longer care about the charges that Pres. Obama is a closet Muslim and/or that he is a socialist.

Currently, the government sector is where one would find employment action, while the private sector employment continues to dry up. Unions comprising more of government workers than workers in the private sector. Are we traveling further down that road where the destination is pure unadulterated socialism?

Taxpayers fund government employees’ salaries and benefits. The unions are pushing for tax increases especially on the rich to keep the salaries and benefits at the desired high levels. Liberal leftist unions do not seem to care that taxing the rich will slow down investments into private business development that spur jobs.