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Shift Differential vs. Minimum Wage

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  • Brooks, AB
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    I have always wondered why we are not using a significantly high shift differential pay to redistribute income as opposed to minimum wage.

    It seems to me that those of with regular working hours (Monday to Friday 8:00 to 5:00) have more opportunities to enjoy life than those working all those shifts. But we really depend on those working shift-work to have our opportunities.

    Many shift workers are already at the lower wages. So this social program would help them out as well.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    We have become more and more a "24/7 society" where the internet is only a few key strokes away for shopping, dating, ranting, healthcare advice, and much more. Some stores are also open all night, but also gas stations, certain 24 hour restaurants, even law firms in case you get in an accident after midnight.

    I would hope those who have to work the graveyard shift are compensated for it, but I suspect not.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    I'd much rather see a big increase in the minimum wage than rewarding someone who works a different time of day with a higher pay. Many of those workers are in the restaurant and sales industry and have to fully understand that working nights and weekends comes with the territory.

    I used to date a bartender many moons ago and she loved her 2nd shift schedule where she had Monday's and Tuesday's off because she made far more money during that shift compared to the shift that covered lunch and happy hour. All the wait staff I met when we were dating would universally say the same thing. The earlier shifts were for the newbies.

    Now, I'm not saying that is the case for every profession that works "off" hours, but it's one example where workers actually want to work late nights and weekends.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Pensacola, FL
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    A larger shift differential payment is not needed because there is no problem finding people to live a more miserable life because they need money. I would rather see the effort expended towards lots of good paying jobs . Then shift work would be made more attractive by the necessity to attract workers.
  • Brooks, AB
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    Chet Ruminski Wrote: A larger shift differential payment is not needed because there is no problem finding people to live a more miserable life because they need money. I would rather see the effort expended towards lots of good paying jobs . Then shift work would be made more attractive by the necessity to attract workers.

    People with "working poor" incomes and shift work usually do not have a lot of choice. At best, they can trade their current job for a similar job.

    The shift differential would make shift work more attractive.

    I get a shift differential for after 5:00 and on weekends. The $1.10 per hour extra is not worth busting up family time on evenings and weekends.

  • Brooks, AB
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    jaredsxtn Wrote:

    I'd much rather see a big increase in the minimum wage than rewarding someone who works a different time of day with a higher pay. Many of those workers are in the restaurant and sales industry and have to fully understand that working nights and weekends comes with the territory.

    I used to date a bartender many moons ago and she loved her 2nd shift schedule where she had Monday's and Tuesday's off because she made far more money during that shift compared to the shift that covered lunch and happy hour. All the wait staff I met when we were dating would universally say the same thing. The earlier shifts were for the newbies.

    Now, I'm not saying that is the case for every profession that works "off" hours, but it's one example where workers actually want to work late nights and weekends.

    Many of the workers in the restaurant industry do not have a lot of choice. There are few positions in this industry that follow banker hours. If one has a family, it is hard to manage such a job. The extra hardship should be compensated.

    Some people do prefer the off hours. I used to like graveyards. But I was single back then.

    But most workers would prefer banker hours to get the better work/life balance. For those of us with banker hour jobs, we need the shift workers to enjoy our evenings and weekends. We should pay the shift workers a little more.