Workers oppose anti-living wage legislation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Workers from across the state are speaking out against legislation that would prevent Tennessee cities and counties from establishing a living wage.

About 100 workers gathered on the steps of the state Capitol to protest the measure that would ban higher wage requirements set by local governments and repeal any standard that has already been set, which in this case would be in Memphis.

Republican Rep. Glen Casada of Franklin, the bill's sponsor, said it's necessary to have "uniform ... business practices" between cities and counties.

Tom Anderson is president of the United Campus Workers. He says the proposal is a bad idea because the "living wage is the bare minimum that a person needs to pay their bills."

The legislation was to be heard in the State and Local Government Subcommittee on Wednesday.


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  • by Clark Location: Knoxville on Mar 8, 2012 at 11:11 AM
    If a person is single, there is no reason they can not start at minimum wage, then work up from there. It you want to be married, have kids, etc, you will need to go back to school in order to afford these. Minimum wage is meant as a starting out wage. If you continue to work for years at this wage, something is either wrong with your job, or you. Any person whom is productive will work beyond minimum wage in 6 months to 1 year. Union scale is often based on what the minimum wage is. The higher the minimum wage, the higher the union scale.
  • by tony Location: sevier on Mar 7, 2012 at 01:38 PM
    Who decides what a wage should be! Some union thug or some community organiser

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