My Opinion

You should be paid what you are worth …

… and your fellow workers should know it.

Is a bartender with a degree in economics worth more than a bartender with no college education?

Where are we going with this simplistic thinking? Of course everyone should be paid what they are worth, now define it! Better still, give us a accurate tool to measure the relative worth of two people holding the same job title, one that will result in the lower worth person not suing their employer for discrimination.

Are all workers worth the same in terms of value to the organization, their productivity, innovation or other qualities valued in the job? We know the logical answer is no.

All Representatives and Senators are paid the same, do they all have the same worth? Wait, maybe I see where this is going, what they really mean is if you have the same job title, by definition you have the same worth, just like robots on an assembly line.

Throwing out nice buzzwords makes for good political pandering but not much else.

I think sharing is good, it has the potential for making the lower worth person feel really great.

I make $50k, I make $55k, I make $60k. Whaaaaat? Why? Don’t you remember, I solved that marketing problem that increased sales by 20%. So, big deal, I’ve been in the job five years longer than you. What about me, I have a masters from MIT.

Where’s AOC when you need her? She can define worth, right?

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  1. This is so much crap. This is a revised version of “comparable worth” – where some bureaucrat will decide what you should earn based on some sort of governmental measurement of “equity”. The legislation will start with some specific, deemed egregious violation (equal rights act, anyone), but it will ultimately infect everything (wages, benefits, employee relations, etc.)… as did the income tax … remember, the income tax was only supposed to apply to the wealthy and only on super high incomes.

    Slowly but steadily, new mandates, laws, regulations, will work their way through federal AND state government administrative decisions or through the courts or both, make its way down to the everyday worker. And, remember, the states and the feds won’t always agree, so, you’ll have to comply with both (curtailing entrepreneurial activity).

    If you are my employer, paying my wage, either as a public or private sector employee, you get to decide what my efforts are worth to the enterprise. If I disagree, I can go work somewhere else where I convince a different employer I am worth more. And, if I prefer, I can organize by combining with others to negotiate as a group over wages and benefits – so my wages may be based on the contractual provisions negotiated (past service, job class, educational attainment, whatever…)

    When a “disinterested, government official” can set the wage, based on some arbitrary criteria that bear no relationship to actual performance, you have a situation where a government official has the power to confiscate control of another’s wealth, or capital. That should be a violation of the 5th amendment protection against takings without just compensation.

    This goes all the way back to the original constitution, in terms of the state’s inability to impede contracting between private parties. You may not know that at one time, neither the states nor (by implication until the 10th Amendment) the federal government could take any action to set wages (including the minimum wage) – such legislation was found to be a violation of the constitution where Article 10 states: “No State shall … pass any … Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts…” (until the Depression-era Supreme court was threatened with packing by the FDR administration). Soon thereafter, the 10th Amendment was added which states: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

    We already have the Equal Pay Act (since 1963), Title VII (since 1964), the ADEA (since 1967) etc. … so, we already have plenty of “protected classes”, sex, race, creed, age, etc. … where if you discriminate based on one of those criteria, the courts can (and have frequently stepped in). But, if my employer decides to pay me based on my contribution (and not my capability or credentials) or pay me based on my actual contribution (not what I might be worth to a different employer or in a different role or in a different situation/economy), that should not be a violation. Nor should it be a violation if they pay someone else more who doesn’t have my credentials or capability (so long as it not due to membership in a protected class). That is, it should not be a violation for an employer to pay someone else more than me even if that individual does not have better performance. It is the employer’s money, not yours, not mine and certainly not the government’s to allocate.

    They are working to kill the “golden goose” of an economy that America has enjoyed for decades. If you vote for those idiots, expect them to confiscate your wealth, pass laws that will depress economic activity, and ensure that we do have equality – just with a much, much, much lower standard of living for all.

    Idiots.

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    • One more time. So long as the employer gets to decide worth, no problem. Anyone else, that’s just crap that will ultimately result in “equity” – equitable poverty and equitable economic hardship.

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  2. I believe that all people doing the basic same job and or job title (because some are too broad in order to allow flexibility for the employer) should have the same starting base pay. You point out some good differences why some people should and do make more than others and I agree that they should be pay more than the slacker who just shows up to collect a paycheck. How much is the guy worth who can not only run the machine or robot but adjust it or reprogram it for everybody else on the line?

    But some people better be careful for what they wish for. How much are you worth? How much is a retail cashier worth when people are willing to self-checkout for free?

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