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View Diary: Minimum Wage Map by State... What A Surprise! (updated) (253 comments)

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  •  Also agricultural jobs (8+ / 0-)

    My very first job (part-time for only 4 months) was working in the fields. I made about $1.50 and hour when the minimum wage was about $2.10.  I was actually paid well compared to the immigrant laborers who worked full time. THAT is why they hire non-English speaking immigrants and illegal aliens.  They work (physically) harder than anyone and get paid a hell of a lot less.

    •  The fucking growers in this country (1+ / 0-)
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      have lobbied themselves out of having to respect their workers' rights, both as to the pathetic minimum wage, and with respect to the right to organize. Of course, a pliable Congress was quite willing to help (in the 1930's). A few states have passed decent laws on one or the other subject (e.g., California), but farmworkers have long been and remain the most mistreated exploited occupational group in this country.

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