Ohio raises minimum wage

Rachelle C. (10), Dorothy Lane Market employee, shops after work. The change in wage will impact many DLM employees.

Rachelle C. (10), Dorothy Lane Market employee, shops after work. The change in wage will impact many DLM employees.

In January, 2013, minimum wage will go from $7.70 per hour to $7.85.

While this fifteen-cent increase seems small, when multiplied by the hours a high school student can work in a week, it can have a large impact on teenagers. Many students work at local businesses for low pay.

Jack H. (10) works at the Asian Arts Center as a Taekwondo instructor to younger children. He receives pay well above minimum wage.

“I would love [the increase]. But I don’t want other people in the school to make as much money as me,” Jack H. said.

Some students fear negative repercussions from the raise, such as businesses letting employees go as a result of the slightly higher payroll.

“It’s good, but it can be bad – more workers can be laid off. If they have to pay each individual more, they might have to get rid of some to compensate,” Emily G. (10) said.

Other students doubt the raise will have large consequences.

“It really depends on what the company decides to do. I don’t think they’ll cut people. They might reduce hours, but I don’t think so. They really care. We’re like a family,” Rachelle C. (10) said.

Rachelle C. works at Dorothy Lane Market, and will be one of the workers impacted by the change.

“I get paid seven-seventy – which is minimum. I mean, I’m due for a raise anyway – you get ten cents after three months working there,” Rachelle C. said.

Students who work as babysitters or have other unlicensed jobs will not benefit.

“I do odd jobs, like rake leaves, mow lawns, and clean windows – whatever pays. Usually I go for five dollars an hour, kind of like babysitting, but if people are nice I won’t argue… I don’t work under contract, but technically five dollars is below minimum,” Emily G. said.

With so many teenagers working at low wages, even fifteen cents can make a difference.

Jack H. said, “We will get richer… High school will be better.”

2 Responses to “Ohio raises minimum wage”
  1. Joe Owens says:

    The minimum wage increase is always a hot topic of conversation due to the ramifications of the economics. For those trying to get buy on the amount, fifteen more cents is certainly better than none. Teenagers still fortunate enough to rely on parents for the majority of their material needs will not feel this to be much of a change.

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