Letter: It’s not a livable wage

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
It’s not a livable wage

I cannot understand how “right-to-work,” which very often means “work for the minimum wage,” can help keep young adults in our state, when New Hampshire has the lowest minimum wage in New England and in most of the United States.

New Hampshire uses the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. In Massachusetts it is $11; in Vermont it is $10; Rhode Island is $9.60; Maine is $9. With incremental increases each year, New York will be $15 an hour by the end of 2018.

New Hampshire’s minimum wage is not a “livable salary.”

It is time everyone showed more respect for service workers. They are doing jobs that you want done, but you can’t do or don’t want to do.

And more and more service workers are going to be needed in New Hampshire, where an abundance of senior citizens live.

“No one is forced to join any union,” said Mike Bradley in a Monitor letter to the editor on Feb. 12. Since all workers benefit from wage and health benefits, negotiated by unions, non-members are asked to pay only “agency fees” relevant to the negotiations.

Right-to-work and New Hampshire’s minimum wage are not in the best interests of hard-working people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds.

New Hampshire legislators and Gov. Sununu should vote as if they were living on a minimum wage salary.

Joan Lamson

New London