Price Rite Is Wrong
by Alanni Powell
Corporate greed has a devastating clutch on unions and hard working citizens. Price Rite is one of the many corporate superpowers that have mistreated their workers in the name of corporate greed. Price Rite denies their workers health benefits and pays them the disgustingly low wage of $9 an hour. The purpose of Jobs With Justice’s Price Rite Is Wrong campaign is to empower workers to unite and educate the public about their needs. We need workers to understand their worth, understand that they are human, and understand that they deserve better.
The minimum wage needs to be raised to a living wage of $15.
The issue of underpaid workers is severe, and addressing this problem is essential to rebuilding worker solidarity. This issue is significant to me because I am a junior in high school, and in a few years I will be attending college. It is terrifying to know that in less than two years, I will be thousands of dollars in student debt with no effective way paying back student loans. I will be drowning in college bills until I am in my late forties. Raising minimum wage won’t solve my problems, but it will at least provide some stability for me and other high school students who are in need of money in order to prepare for college.
All workers deserve wages that they can live on, the staggeringly low wage of $9 an hour isn’t enough. We live in a country that promises freedom and opportunity yet allows people to work for wages that only cement their position below the poverty line. It’s like telling someone with an anchor tied to their foot not to drown. We need to raise minimum wage to $15. For the college student that doesn't have a stable job. For the immigrant worker trying to feed their children. For anyone who has ever lost their job and didn't have anywhere else to turn. It is easy to to look at the person behind a counter at Price Rite and not see their struggles. Until we stop disregarding the fact that they have become a part of a severely underpaid class in this American hierarchy and start standing in solidarity against corporate greed, big businesses will continue to crush the 99%.