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  •  so your saying (3+ / 0-)
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    that right now the system forces people to pay a sub living wage and that a system to promote a living wage is what we need more than just a law saying you much pay people X?

    -Gabe

    •  We just need the EFCA. (4+ / 0-)
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      As long as any business can get away with treating its workers like crap while keeping them powerless to organize, like Wal-Mart, then socially responsible businesses will be squeezed out. As soon as all businesses that treat their workers like crap will be instantly subjected to unionization, then businesses that pay a living wage will be profitable again, since they won't be competing with anyone paying poverty wages. Prices will be higher, but not as much higher as the median wage -- the difference will mostly come out of the pockets of a few hundred grossly wealthy families.

      I want to live in a civilization.

      by SciVo on Sat Jan 17, 2009 at 02:09:26 PM PST

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      •  Yes, this is exactly what I was getting at (4+ / 0-)
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        ...what's necessary is to create a legal environment where even employers who otherwise would strongly like to be conscientious about paying their workers decently get caught in a "race to the bottom" against competitors able to take advantage of a low-wage worker business model.  The same dynamic happens with environmental regulations - when some states are able to lure polluting and extractive industries by having lax regulations, penalizing companies trying to compete in states with more responsible environmental regulation.

        •  Oops, I meant instead... (4+ / 0-)
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          that what's necessary is to disallow maintainance of a legal environment where even employers who otherwise would strongly like to be conscientious...are caught in a "race to the bottom" trying to compete with companies in states facilitating a low-wage model.

        •  Re: environmental race to the bottom (1+ / 0-)
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          jamess

          I favor a Negative Externality Tariff & Tax (NETT) that levels the playing field for socially responsible companies by assigning a dollar value to polluted communities and dangerous/degrading working conditions, and imposing a compensating tariff or tax (depending on whether it's an import or a domestic good, respectively). It's normally called a Pigovian tax, but I like my name better, if only so that the compensating tariff for unsafe working conditions would be called a "safety NETT." :3

          I want to live in a civilization.

          by SciVo on Sat Jan 17, 2009 at 05:23:06 PM PST

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