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Colorado Excluded

Colorado Excluded
By Corbin Hicks • Issue #239 • View online
{{first_name}}, how long does it take you to spend $1,400?
It’s no secret that companies all over the United States are having hiring issues. The Great Resignation has coincided with the inability to backfill these open positions and has market analysts and recruiting companies scratching their heads on how to get things back to normal. Rather than addressing underlying issues such as broken promises and broken wage structures, members of Congress think they know the solution. Too much stimulus money!
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was asked his opinion of the labor shortage last week and what he thinks will fix the issue. At an event in his home state of Kentucky, McConnell stated:
“You’ve got a whole lot of people sitting on the sidelines because, frankly, they’re flush for the moment. What we’ve got to hope is once they run out of money, they’ll start concluding it’s better to work than not to work.”
McConnell believes that the $1.9T COVID-19 stimulus bill that was signed into law in March 2021 is keeping people from returning to the workplace. Included in that stimulus bill was $1,400 in direct payments to Americans, and McConnell thinks that people can go almost a year and a half spending the money they’ve received from government assistance and not need to work. It is almost comical that someone in such a position of influence could be so out of touch, but it really feels like corporations are avoiding the real reasons why people aren’t returning to work.
Since the pandemic began lots of people were forced to change how often they frequent bars, restaurants and other locations with in-person dining. Now that we’re two years on from the initial height of the pandemic, restaurants are still reeling from the impact that fewer patrons had on their bottom lines, and those concerns are also felt by restaurant staff who don’t make a living wage and are dependent on tips in order to make ends meet. The minimum wage for tipped employees - employees who make at least $30 in tips a month - has been stuck at $2.13 an hour since 1938. Why would someone rush back to a job that is so dependent on the generosity of other human beings in order to be able to pay their bills?
A key part of fixing broken wage structures is providing more transparency into what the salary information will be before applying for a job. In May 2019, the state of Colorado has implemented a bill titled Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, which states that every job that is posted for Colorado residents must also explicitly state how much they will be paying for the position. This is meant to help fight pay disparity issues, but in true capitalistic fashion, some corporations would rather exclude Colorado residents from remote work or online jobs rather than expose how much they’re willing to pay. The full list of these corporations can be found on this website.
There are all of these reasons being floated out for why people don’t want to work and I’m here to tell you that the solution is very simple. Pay people what they’re worth and they’ll be willing to go above and beyond for you. As long as they don’t have an extra $1,400 sitting around.
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