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Wages Quotes by Matthias Platzeck, E. B. White, Carl Sagan, Jan Schakowsky, Mark Helprin, Abraham Lincoln and many others.

We can’t continue to look on, when there are entire sectors where there are wages that don’t provide a secure livelihood.
Matthias Platzeck
The trouble with the profit system has always been that it was highly unprofitable to most people.
E. B. White
It’s perilous and foolhardy for the average citizen to remain ignorant about global warming, say, or ozone depletion, air pollution, toxic and radioactive wastes, acid rain, topsoil erosion, tropical deforestation, exponential population growth. Jobs and wages depend on science and technology.
Carl Sagan
Ivanka Trump’s declared mission to ’empower women who work’ is a welcome element in the Trump administration. As a woman with a desk in the White House and the founder of an international corporation, she is certainly in a position to improve the wages, safety, and quality of life of working women around the world.
Jan Schakowsky
To assert, as some have, that illegal immigrants do not depress wages because they do the jobs Americans refuse is the kind of nonsense economists speak when they strain to be counterintuitive. It is similar to saying that cheap imports do not hold down prices.
Mark Helprin
Reduce the supply of black labor by colonizing the black laborer out of the country, and by precisely so much you increase the demand for and wages of white labor.
Abraham Lincoln
You can never really justify wages in the entertainment business, but it is what it is.
Gary Lineker
You can’t tell me you can make any system or country work with low wages and high prices, and high wages with high prices don’t mean anything when the prices eat up the wages and don’t leave anything over.
Henry Ford
I think there are a lot of policies that have been unfriendly to workers’ wages.
Angus Deaton
A revolutionary career does not lead to banquets and honorary titles, interesting research and professorial wages. It leads to misery, disgrace, ingratitude, prison and a voyage into the unknown, illuminated by only an almost superhuman belief.
Max Horkheimer
Kentuckians deserve a governor who will support affordable health care, a secure retirement, and respect the rights of workers like access to safe working conditions and wages that can support a family.
Andy Beshear
Obviously, people with low or even moderate incomes could not afford such savings rates, and even diligent savings from their low wages would not be enough to pay for either retirement or healthcare.
William Greider
Henry Ford, in a sense, was the first Keynesian. He paid his assembly workers high wages so they could afford to buy his cars.
Robert Kuttner
Care work produces public goods, and should be supported in families by policies such as paid parental leave and caregiver tax credits, and by investments in good training and wages for caregiving, including early childhood education, in the market.
Riane Eisler
When I started at 9, I was working with plaster. I worked with a florist. It was a little illegal for kids to work. They would give you tips because they couldn’t really give you wages.
Riccardo Tisci
My message is that the counterclaim – which is that if wages go up, employment will go down – is a scam. It’s a con job. It’s an intimidation tactic. There is absolutely no evidence anywhere that it’s true. On the contrary, where you find high wages you usually find low unemployment.
Nick Hanauer
If you consider that a typical Central American consumer earns only a small fraction of an average American worker’s wages, it becomes clear that CAFTA’s true goal is not to the increase U.S. exports.
Stephen F. Lynch
Apparently, union bosses are so distraught about declining enrollments they will stoop to exploiting illegal workers. There is no doubt that this would hurt American workers, who would suddenly face a flooded job market full of cheap foreign labor. It would depress the wages of the American workers and cost them jobs.
Lamar S. Smith
Grow jobs. Get this economy growing. Raise wages. Simplify the tax system, so it’s easy to comply with.
Paul Ryan
We have to create that bridge for the future. And that means making sure we’re paying attention to the wages of workers in countries, making sure that we’re investing in their education and their skills.
Barack Obama
Globalisation, technological change, and the move to flexible labour markets has channelled more and more income to rentiers – those owning financial, physical, or so-called intellectual property – while real wages stagnate.
Guy Standing
If a country can only be rich by running a successful race for low wages, I should be disposed to say at once, perish such riches!
Thomas Malthus
In my International Development Scheme, I propose that the profits of this industrial development should go first to pay the interest and principal of foreign capital invested in it; second to give high wages to labor; and third to improve or extend the machinery of production.
Sun Yat-sen
Numerous studies have shown income inequality growing since the late 1970s. Real earnings have fallen for many families, with globalization, the decline of unions and technological innovations eroding workers’ wages.
Annie Lowrey
The most frustrating thing at Villa was the perceived view fans had of me, that certain people at the club painted. That of a mercenary who was happy sitting on the sidelines taking his wages.
Ross McCormack
If we are to maintain a relevant and just industry, we must all open our eyes to the obvious lack of equality in wages, representation, and access.
Jay Duplass
We must defend the rights of working people to bargain collectively for fair wages and safe working conditions.
Richard Cordray
Surely love is both work and wages.
Richard Baxter
Economies are risky. Some industries rise, and others implode, like housing. Some places get richer, and others drop, like Atlantic City. Some people get new jobs that pay better, many lose their jobs or their wages.
Robert Reich
Decades of record immigration have produced lower wages and higher unemployment for our citizens, especially for African-American and Latino workers. We are going to have an immigration system that works, but one that works for the American people.
Donald Trump
During the 1960s, rising real wages for low-income and high-income workers, due in part to rapid economic growth and the spread of unionization, worked in tandem with expanding government support systems to improve Americans’ well-being.
Stephanie Coontz
When a man says he wants to work, what he means is that he wants wages.
Richard Whately
One of the reasons that Social Security is in so much trouble is that the only funding stream comes from people who get a wage. The people who get wages is declining dramatically. Most of the income in this country is made by people at the top who get dividends and – and capital gains.
Mike Huckabee
Ever since the economic crisis in 2008, millions of people have accepted cuts in all sorts of things – from real wages and living standards to benefits and hospital care – without any real opposition. The cuts may be right, or they may be stupid – but the astonishing thing is how no-one really challenges them.
Adam Curtis
Good wages are pro business, since they reduce turnover, increase morale, produce better-skilled employees, and improve productivity.
Jim Hightower
Our mission has been the protection of the wage-worker, now; to increase his wages; to cut hours off the long workday, which was killing him; to improve the safety and the sanitary conditions of the workshop; to free him from the tyrannies, petty or otherwise, which served to make his existence a slavery.
Samuel Gompers
There are lots of reasons for that gap between men’s and women’s wages but to me, the big one is the work-family issue. Trying to juggle children and a job is tough under any circumstances, but especially if you’re shooting for the kind of career that involves long hours at work and being on call 24-7.
Gail Collins
To a people famishing and idle, the only acceptable form in which God can dare appear is work and promise of food as wages.
Mahatma Gandhi
Capital which overreaches for profits; labor which overreaches for wages, or a public which overreaches for bargains will all destroy such other. There is no salvation for us on that road.
Owen D. Young
I am in favor of high wages and agree that the higher the wages, the stronger the evidence of prosperity, provided (and that is the important point) they are so naturally, by the effectiveness of industry, and not in consequence of an inflated currency or any artificial regulation.
John C. Calhoun
I have read all that has been written by the gravest authorities on political economy on the subject of rent, wages, taxes, tithes.
Robert Peel
It would be better to incentivise people into work with secure jobs and decent wages, than to try to starve them into submission.
Jack Monroe
When minimum living wages, bargaining for fair wages, pensions, and job security are denied in too many countries, it is not rocket science to understand the drivers of inequality.
Sharan Burrow
Democrats may want working-class white Rust Belters to have good jobs at high wages with pensions and health benefits, but they can’t make them vote that way.
Joy Reid
I invite you to leverage Serbia because we have talented young professionals who are multilingual, highly educated, and willing to work for competitive wages.
Ivica Dacic
[Donald Trump] said it`s against affordable health care for poor people and will not fight to raise wages for working poor people, that`s pushing all of them in terms of policy.
Jesse Jackson
Germany cannot get out of the euro. What it has to do, therefore, is make the economy more flexible – to eliminate the restrictions on prices, on wages and on employment; in short, the regulations that keep 10 percent of the German workforce unemployed.
Milton Friedman
At Inter, I earned my wages based on the results on the field.
Roberto Mancini
Any one of us could fall on hard times. Work and housing have the potential to be unstable, especially for those earning low wages or relying on family and friends. It should not be a criminal offence to sleep on the street.
Layla Moran
Little sleep’s-head sprouting hair in the moonlight, when I come back we will go out together, we will walk out together among, the ten thousand things, each scratched too late with such knowledge, the wages of dying is love.
Galway Kinnell
The fundamental fact in the lives of the poor in most parts of America is that the wages of common labor are far below the benefits of AFDC, Medicaid, food stamps, public housing, public defenders, leisure time and all the other goods and services of the welfare state.
George Gilder
Safe working conditions, fair wages, protection from forced labor, and freedom from harassment and discrimination – these must become standard global operating conditions.
Paul Polman
He who by an exertion of mind or body, adds to the aggregate of enjoyable wealth, increases the sum of human knowledge, or gives to human life higher elevation or greater fullness – he is, in the larger meaning of the words, a ” producer,” a ” working man,” a ” laborer,” and is honestly earning honest wages.
Henry George
The higher the unemployment rate, the more leverage I have to ‘encourage’ you to ‘do what it takes’ to keep your job. And so you work even more hours, pushing unemployment up and wages down. And that, my friends, is one of the little tricks that keeps you poor and me rich.
Nick Hanauer
What we have done though is consistently looked for additional opportunities to get stuff done. Wherever we see a possibility of increasing wages, creating more jobs, making sure that more people are able to access opportunity, we’re gonna seize it.
Barack Obama
I’ve seen the same promises — more jobs, higher wages, the jobs don’t materialize … the promises are remade.
Sherrod Brown
For years, media moguls and campaigns bankrolled by the rich have fed the lie that migrants are the cause of injustices propagated by the powerful: the failure to build housing, the strain on public services by cuts, the lack of secure jobs, the decline in real wages.
Owen Jones
The workingmen have perceived that women are in the field of industry to stay; and they see, too, that there can not be two standards of work and wages for any trade without constant menace to the higher standard.
Florence Kelley
Most of the slaves, who were thus unconditionally freed, returned without any solicitation to their former masters, to serve them, at stated wages; as free men. The work, which they now did, was found to better done than before.
Thomas Clarkson
You know, I’ve got experiences going back to the wage price controls in the Nixon administration where, in effect, we had what I think was a terrible mistake, in that case a Republican administration, where moved in and tried to control the wages, prices and profits of every enterprise in America. It was a huge mistake.
Dick Cheney
Twentieth-century welfare state capitalism was historically unique in that national income was split between wages and profits, labour and capital.
Guy Standing
The Millennials graduated into the worst jobs market in 80 years. That did not just mean a few years of high unemployment, or a couple years living in their parents’ basements. It meant a full decade of lost wages.
Annie Lowrey
When I hear that there are 5,000,000 working women in this country, I always take occasion to say that there are 18,000,000 but only 5,000,000 receive their wages.
Anna Howard Shaw
The millionaires are a product of natural selection … the naturally selected agents of society for certain work. They get high wages and live in luxury, but the bargain is a good one for society.
William Graham Sumner
A man working for wages his whole life is not really free. That is why Jefferson said, you have to own land. Southerners said, – and they weren’t being hypocritical – they said slavery is the foundation of freedom because if you own slaves, you are freer yourself.
Eric Foner
One man’s wage increase is another man’s price increase.
Harold Wilson
The wages of sin is alimony.
Carolyn Wells
A rise in wages, from an alteration in the value of money, produces a general effect on price, and for that reason it produces no real effect whatever on profits.
David Ricardo
It’s designed to carry forward the neoliberal project to maximize profit and domination, and to set the working people in the world in competition with one another so as to lower wages to increase insecurity
Noam Chomsky
The income men derive from producing things of slight consequence is of great consequence. The production reflects the low marginal utility of the goods to society. The income reflects the high total utility of a livelihood to a person.
John Kenneth Galbraith
You shouldn’t be paying massive wages when you’ve got a stadium that holds 18,000 people.
Harry Redknapp
Your praises will become your wages.
William Shakespeare
Men, I’m getting out of Rome. Anyone who wants to carry on the war against the outsiders, come with me. I can offer you neither honours nor wages; I offer you hunger, thirst, forced marches, battles and death. Anyone who loves his country, follow me
Giuseppe Garibaldi
The more I see of democracy the more I dislike it. It just brings everything down to the mere vulgar level of wages and prices, electric light and water closets, and nothing else.
D. H. Lawrence
Somebody told me … that he overheard a banker’s wife saying her husband was working for free this year-this was 2009. What she meant was, he was just getting his basic salary of ВЈ300,000, and no bonus. Their sense of entitlement is, in the proper sense of the word, psychotic.
John Lanchester
If the economy is growing, people want to employ more workers. If you hire more labor, wages go up.
Michael Hudson
I concluded that the trade agreements weren’t working as promised, and was depreciating the wages and the manufacturing base, and the jobs of Americans, and that both needed to change, and Donald Trump was out there. So I went to his rally.
Jeff Sessions
The higher the wages the fewer the jobs; the lower the wages the more the jobs.
James Cook
For restaurants that have a minimum gratuity charge on large groups, the IRS will now count those tips as regular wages rather than traditional tips that we are all familiar with when we dine out. Ask any server, and they will tell you that this will directly affect their day-to-day lifestyle.
Kevin McCarthy
Paying good wages is not charity at all-it is the best kind of business.
Henry Ford
I am backing Remain for a very simple reason: it is the best way of protecting jobs, wages and rights for working people.
Sadiq Khan
For it was by the Will of God that men were made of a certain bodily shape, were given their natures and their faculties. Whoever destroys His work wages war against God’s Creation and God’s Will.
Adolf Hitler
In this view, the role of the great majority of Americans is simply to buy the products produced, work happily for their wages, and leave all of the significant economic decisions to the capitalists.
Barney Frank
During the 2005 Bush tax holiday, corporations didn’t bring back the billions they stashed overseas to build new factories, increase wages, or create more jobs. The lion’s share of that windfall went to CEO raises and stock buybacks for investors on Wall Street.
Bob Menendez
Economic growth, profitability, prosperity, jobs, increased jobs, increased wages, they’re able to get that tax rate down to 15% and we’re gonna call it tax relief, not tax breaks, not tax loopholes. It’s important to control and reclaim the language here.
Rush Limbaugh
The theory of the determination of wages in a free market is simply a special case of the general theory of value. Wages are the price of labour.
Sir John Richard Hicks
The wages of sin is debugging.
Ron Jeffries
I support raising the federal minimum wage. What I’ve said is I don’t want San Diego to be at a competitive disadvantage, particularly for our small businesses and our entrepreneurs to have one set of wages for San Diego and a different set of wages for surrounding cities.
Kevin Faulconer
The TV and the public pay our wages and they like to see professional golfers mess it up. Missing a green with a chip shot – when do you see that? It’s great to see exciting golf like we had last week.
Paul McGinley
As far as wages are concerned, the only difference between immigration and birth is that birth takes longer.
Alex Tabarrok
Unemployment, low wages, and poverty discourage family formation and erode family stability, making it less likely that individuals will marry in the first place and more likely that their marriages will dissolve.
Stephanie Coontz
For instance, we have to listen to the concerns that working people, our forgotten working people, have over the record pace of immigration and it’s impact on their jobs, wages, housing, schools, tax bills and general living conditions.
Donald Trump
Sincerely to aspire after virtue, is to gain her; and zealously to labour after her wages, is to receive them.
Charles Caleb Colton
The wages of sin are an expensive infection.
Elvis Costello
Certainly other things we can do, we gotta promote after-school employment, give kids an opportunity, raising the minimum wage was part of that, we can’t expect that young people are going to feel they can make a living out there for such low wages.
Matt Gonzalez
Such a thing as ending unemployment would never occur to Washington politicians because their corporate backers depend on the threat of unemployment to keep wages down.
Jill Stein
Those who claim that they need cash because they are unable to pay labourers are those who are not paying minimum wages.
Arundhati Bhattacharya
What men of science want is only a fair day’s wages for more than a fair day’s work.
Thomas Huxley
There must be a major economic recovery package which puts Americans to work at decent wages.
Bernie Sanders
What an economy really wants, after all, is not more investment per se but better investment. It wants capital to flow to companies that will create value – not in the form of a rising stock price but in the form of more goods for less cost, more jobs, and rising wages – by enhancing productivity.
James Surowiecki
When you hire good people, and you provide good jobs and good wages and a career, good things are going to happen.
James Sinegal
Many people do not understand that business investment is a critical prosperity-booster, leading to more jobs, higher wages, and stronger family income. Put another way, rising tax and regulatory burdens that penalize investors and businesses also punish middle-income wage earners.
Lawrence Kudlow
Stopping illegal immigration would mean that wages would have to rise to a level where Americans would want the jobs currently taken by illegal aliens.
Thomas Sowell
Costco pays their workers good wages with benefits while selling good products at competitive prices and remaining quite profitable.
Tom Perez
Servers make very little in regular wages and largely rely on tips to pay the bills and budget for weeks ahead.
Kevin McCarthy
Women know the damnation of charity because the habit of civilization has always been to throw them cheap alms rather than give them good wages.
Rebecca West
Fear no more the heat o’ th’ sun Nor the furious winters’ rages; Thou thy worldly task hast done, Home art gone, and ta’en thy wages. Golden lads and girls all must, As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.
William Shakespeare
A man must always live by his work, and his wages must at least be sufficient to maintain him. They must even upon most occasions be somewhat more; otherwise it would be impossible for him to bring up a family, and the race of such workmen could not last beyond the first generation.
Adam Smith
If each year slightly less capital is invested in industry, the time will eventually come when the amount of equipment per laborer and, in consequence, the productivity and the wages of labor are less than they otherwise would be.
Sumner Slichter
The wages of Gin is Debt.
Ethel Mumford
I live in the same house I purchased in 1971 for $22,500. I think we need to increase the minimum wage and so all my neighbors can get an increase in their wages.
Dennis Kucinich
And wages – we’ll see the end of this decline we’re having. The median income in America is down 10% in just the last four years. That’s got to stop. We’ve got to start seeing rising wages and job growth.
Mitt Romney
Corporate greed, corporate bullying cannot be tolerated – it’s time for a global rule of law to guarantee fair trade, rights, minimum wages on which people can live with dignity, and safe and secure work.
Sharan Burrow
As players, we have the best job in the world and if the manager said, ‘You haven’t worked hard enough, you will only get half your wages this week,’ it would make the players fight harder.
Kolo Toure
Wages are determined by the bitter struggle between capitalist and worker.
Karl Marx
The wages Haiti requires by law belong in the department of science fiction: actual wages on coffee plantations vary from $.07 to $.15 a day
Eduardo Galeano
While prices of goods continue to rise, American worker’s wages remain stagnant.
Ed Pastor
Of course, it is not the employer who pays wages. He only handles the money. It is the product that pays wages and it is the management that arranges the production so that the product may pay the wages.
Henry Ford
Too many families are falling behind and we need to fight tooth-and-nail to boost wages, expand access to affordable health care, and improve our public education system.
Andy Beshear
We’re the party that’s fought for increased wages, fought for the union movement, fought to make sure that collective bargaining is not eviscerated, it’s strengthened. And when we communicate those messages, we succeed.
Tom Perez
Everybody feels better about himself, his community, and his country if employers are paying workers well. Economics, though, teaches that if every employer is pressured to raise wages, some labor will be priced out of the market.
Edmund Phelps
‘Wages Of Sin’ was the first metal album I ever bought, and it was love at first listen.
Alissa White-Gluz
When you create an economy where you subsidize corporate profits through a welfare program and food stamps in order to keep wages low in some perverse pursuit of ‘competiveness,’ than you reap the fruits of the anger that you sow.
Martin O’Malley
Destroy or take away the employment and wages of those artisans – which the corn laws in a great measure do – and you will, ere long, render the land in Great Britain of as little value as it is in other countries.
Joseph Hume
If we’re going to do trade agreements, as we should, we need trade agreements with rules that will lift up all boats, rather than continuing to pull down U.S. food safety standards, U.S. worker wages, environment, all that these job losses and all that this has done to pull down our standards.
Sherrod Brown
The wages that are being paid in the Premier League are very tempting. It would be hypocrisy to deny that.
Thomas Muller
My parents had nothing – just basic wages for all their hard work.
Phil Taylor
Ministers have received their wages, and some have their minds too much on their wages. They labor for wages, and lose sight of the sacredness and importance of the work.
Ellen G. White
Inflation was driven by higher labor costs, not higher goods costs. Frankly, I’d love to see a little bit of that. Because I’d love to pay people more. I’d love to see rising wages for everybody.
Douglas R. Oberhelman
It isn’t inevitable that we have a globalization which is used by the corporations not to pay taxes. It is not inevitable that we have a form of globalization in which corporations use the threat of moving jobs abroad to lower wages. None of this is inevitable.
Joseph Stiglitz
For years, leaders in Columbus have launched an ideological attack on the working men and women of Ohio and their ability to collectively bargain for good wages and safe workplace conditions. That’s wrong, and it has to stop.
Richard Cordray
Life is work, and everything you do is so much more experience. Sometimes you work for wages, sometimes not, but what does anybody make but a living? And whatever you have you must either use or lose.
Henry Ford
Higher wages for American workers are not just good for American families, they are good for our economy. I will keep fighting for a raise for hard working Americans so our families can afford housing, help their children get a quality education, and secure a good retirement.
Jan Schakowsky
Three factors–the belief that child care is female work, the failure of ex-husbands to support their children, and higher male wages at work–have taken the economic rug from under that half of married women who divorce.
Arlie Russell Hochschild
If we’re willing to accept unlimited immigration in order to keep wages low and corporate profits high, we should just say so and stop paying for all the immigration enforcement window dressing.
Jan C. Ting
All the great establishments, of every kind, now in the hands of a few proprietors, but employing a great number of wage laborers, would be broken up; for few or no persons, who could hire capital and do business for themselves would consent to labour for wages for another.
Lysander Spooner
There are people who would like to get rid of minimum wage. But we have to have it, because if we didn’t some people would not get paid money. They would work all week for two loaves of bread and some Spam.
Chris Rock
But a tax on luxuries would no other effect than to raise their price. It would fall wholly on the consumer, and could neither increase wages nor lower profits.
David Ricardo
Legalizing betting would create over a hundred thousand new jobs, over $6 billion in wages, and inject $25 billion into our economy.
Matt Gaetz
But a rise in the wages of labour would not equally affect commodities produced with machinery quickly consumed, and commodities produced with machinery slowly consumed.
David Ricardo
People are tired of working longer hours for lower wages, of seeing decent paying jobs go to China and other low-wage countries, of billionaires not paying any federal income taxes and of not being able to afford a college education for their kids – all while the very rich become much richer.
Bernie Sanders
Globalisation began what should be called the Great Convergence, creating a globalising labour market in which wages in emerging market economies slowly converge with wages in rich economies, generating a steady drop in real wages across Europe.
Guy Standing
You look at what animates Democratic voters; you look at what animates Democratic politicians: it’s health care. It’s increasingly climate. It is wages and economic issues. It’s issues around reproductive freedom and criminal justice reform and inequality.
Jon Lovett
People in my hometown voted for President Reagan – for many, like my grandpa, he was their first Republican – because he promised that tax cuts would bring higher wages and new jobs. It seemed he was right, so we voted for the next Republican promising tax cuts and job creation, George W. Bush. He wasn’t right.
J. D. Vance
The desire for constant action irrespective of underlying conditions is responsible for many losses on Wall Street even among the professionals, who feel that they must take home some money every day, as though they were working for regular wages.
Jesse Lauriston Livermore
Illinois will only get economically healthy if we stop focusing on growing minimum wages and start focusing on growing everyone’s wages.
Bruce Rauner
If you want to get wages up in America for middle income Americans, there’s only one way I know how to do that in real terms… by having more businesses want to hire more people.
Mitt Romney
Money does all things for reward. Some are pious and honest as long as they thrive upon it, but if the devil himself gives better wages, they soon change their party.
Seneca the Younger
If you are trying to favor the unions by having more rigid labor market and keeping wages very high, you could be blocking people from getting new jobs.
Jose Angel Gurria
Common, ordinary, everyday Democrats, not leftists, there may be – if the agenda gets implemented and this country starts humming on the domestic side and if jobs come back and if the economy gets up to 3% growth and is sustained and the job market expands accordingly and people’s wages go up, it won’t matter.
Rush Limbaugh
If you want to think of a company as a system, design the system to benefit all. So how can you raise wages, increase training, and reduce carbon, and provide low-prices? We believe that it’s possible to deliver, and I find a lot of other likeminded CEOs, as it relates to thinking that way.
Doug McMillon
The ‘Welfare Reform and Work’ Bill does nothing to address low wages, or underemployment, and I haven’t even got started on how it undermines the provision of affordable housing.
Emily Thornberry
A core part of the global market is what might be called the ‘Nike Economy’ – footloose companies that play countries against one another while seeking subcontractors with the lowest wages and cheapest conditions.
John J. Sweeney
We realized quickly that wages are only one part of it, that what also matters are the schedules we give people, the hours that they work, the training we give them, the opportunities you provide them. What you’ve got to do is not just fix one part, but get all of these things moving together.
Judith McKenna
The household became the place where the consumption of wages takes place.
Ivan Illich
What we shouldn’t be doing is trying to take away your rights to bargain for better wages or working conditions… These so-called “right to work” laws, they don’t have to do with economics; they have everything to do with politics. What they’re really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money.
Barack Obama
It were depression, too. They cut my wages down once at the foundry. They cut my wages down again. Then they cut my wages out, also the job.
Langston Hughes
The economy is a ponzi scheme. People are working harder than they ever have for less wages, but we have so many bobbles because manufacturing has come up so quickly over the past hundred years that people have the illusion of wealth.
Alex Jones
[When asked: “If women voted, would they not have to sit on juries?”:] Many women would be glad of a chance to sit on anything. There are women who stand up and wash six days in the week at 75 cents a day who would like to take a vacation and sit on a jury at $1.50.
Anna Howard Shaw
Humans are the only animal that blushes, laughs, has religion, wages war, and kisses with lips. So in a way, the more you kiss with lips, the more human you are. And the more you wage war.
Jonathan Safran Foer
Violence begets violence by whomever used. War is a dirty business and entails the use of degrading means, whoever wages it.
A. J. Muste
Nearly every study shows that competition from cheap foreign labor undercuts the wages of American workers and legal immigrants.
Lamar S. Smith
I believe employers should be aware that employees who earn under $10 an hour cannot lead an independent life. But I do not believe that government should dictate wages. We have seen this fail in Socialist and Communist countries. It will do irreparable harm.
Richard Riordan
I’m from Africa, and I have to give something back to my community. You all know that I’ve been doing a lot of charity stuff without knocking at any door. I’m taking my own wages to do it, and I will keep doing it until the end of my career.
Emmanuel Adebayor
… a worker was seldom so much annoyed by what he got as by what he got in relation to his fellow workers.
Mary Barnett Gilson
My own experience in the third world was that even if people started to make more money, the cost of living and housing increased often faster than the wages.
David Korten
There are 20 million unemployed and what does the Constitution offer us in the Europe of 25, 27 and soon to be 30: policies of unrestricted competition to the detriment of production, wages, research and innovation.
Laurent Fabius
Contrary to what those in power would like you to believe so that you’ll give up your pension, cut your wages, and settle for the life your great-grandparents had, America is not broke. Not by a long shot. The country is awash in wealth and cash.
Michael Moore
If the federal government is so concerned with why people are deciding against having kids, maybe they should consider how little support and protection the middle class gets when it comes to being parents. Paid leave would be a good start, and increasing wages would also help.
Ana Kasparian
Disproportionate corporate power over governments is giving license to the greed that denies workers even minimum living wages. It is also seemingly a license to allow the sheer brutality of treatment of working people at the base of the supply chains.
Sharan Burrow
The government shouldn’t be in the business of subsidizing a business by allowing people to be paid starvation wages.
John Fetterman
In a free market, businesses compete for customers by keeping prices down and for labor by keeping wages up.
Peter Schiff
Food poverty exists because of unemployment, low wages, high costs of heating, as well as problems at the DWP including delays in receiving social security, and the cruel and unfair Bedroom Tax.
Luciana Berger
I had watched for many years and seen how a few rich families held much of Argentina’s wealth and power in their hands. So Peron and the government brought in an eight hour working day, sickness pay and fair wages to give poor workers a fair go .
Evita Peron
I remain deeply concerned about falling wages and the lack of good jobs for Americans. Too many of our citizens are either stuck in place or falling behind, and too often their needs are forgotten.
Jeff Sessions
In working on any one problem, such as higher minimum wages, so many other issues come into play, such as some businesses possibly closing down, thus creating fewer jobs and more unemployment and incentivizing companies to import more goods from abroad, which leads to even less employment at home, and so on.
Philip Kotler
Median wages of production workers, who comprise 80 percent of the workforce, haven’t risen in 30 years, adjusted for inflation.
Robert Reich
Hospitals are closing across the country due to the burden of illegal immigration, college students find that summer jobs have dried up due to illegal immigration, and wages across the board are depressed by the overwhelming influx of cheap and illegal labor.
Elton Gallegly
Donald Trump’s laid out a plan to end illegal immigration once and for all in America. We’ve been talking it to death for 20 years. Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine want to continue the policies of open borders, amnesty, catch and release, sanctuary cities, all the things that are driving wages down in this country.
Mike Pence
Heaven never defaults. The wicked are sure of their wages, sooner or later.
Edwin Hubbel Chapin
Parents are the hardest-working members of the population. But they do it for the highest wages. Kisses.
Pete Seeger
I have had the view that cutting wages is not the path to prosperity, and one of the great myths propagated about my attitude to industrial relations is that I believe in lower wages. I’ve never believed in lower wages. Never. Never believed in lower wages, I’ve never believed in lower wages as an economic instrument.
John Howard
The theory that if wages go up, employment goes down isn’t a physical law like F=MA. It’s a moral law, like ‘Bedtime is 9:00 P.M.’
Nick Hanauer
Yet it ought to be clear that a minimum wage law is, at best, a limited weapon for combatting the evil of low wages, and that the possible good to be achieved by such a law can exceed the possible harm only in proportion as its aims are mode.
Henry Hazlitt
If people expect high inflation and raise wages to reflect the high inflation, then it becomes self-fulfilling.
Gita Gopinath
It’s a generational project just to get America to live up fully to its ideals and to have the kind of society where everybody has a shot, and every kid is getting a good education, and people are getting living wages, and they have decent retirement.
Barack Obama
During the thousands of years of monetary system, most workers have been paid just enough to make it necessary that they return to work, even when higher wages have been possible. How else can the wage-payer keep the workers coming back?
Jacque Fresco
[Hillary] Clinton wants to raise taxes, raise wages and she wants to do things like put caps on drug prices.
Maria Bartiromo
If your real wages are declining, your job is at risk, you fear your children will be worse off than you are, it’s tempting to want to blame it all on an easily identifiable target: Muslims, immigrants, refugees, blacks, Jews.
Adam Hochschild
It is no longer an unwritten law of American capitalism that industry will attempt to maintain wages at a level that allows a single wage to support a family.
Christopher Lasch
Workers’ wages are not keeping up with inflation. Their wages are not on pace with the amount of work that they do. We work harder and longer in America and still people’s wages are not keeping up with that.
Nina Turner
It’s hard to improve our schools. It’s hard to redistribute wealth created by the concentration of technological and financial power or to increase middle-class wages. But it might be easier to lower middle-class costs by building more housing.
Glenn Kelman
I don’t expect to get a standing ovation from businessmen when I call for higher wages.
Peter Bofinger
I’ve had very little negative pushback. I think people in the Senate know that I have believed, for a number of years, and have been outspoken that we need to listen to what the American people are telling us, and we need to focus more on the well-being of people who make lower wages, $50,000 and below.
Jeff Sessions
Spiritual warfare is the unseen battle God wages on your behalf.
Jim George
People are not doing well financially. I mean, wages are down from 2000. They’re down from 2007. 2000 – down. Not going – they’re below what they were in 2000. People are hurting. Things aren’t going well for them.
Jeff Sessions
Our labor unions are not narrow, self-seeking groups. They have raised wages, shortened hours, and provided supplemental benefits. Through collective bargaining and grievance procedures, they have brought justice and democracy to the shop floor.
John F. Kennedy
People understand that the economy is rigged. They’re working longer hours for low wages. All new income and wealth, almost all, is going to the people on top.
Bernie Sanders
If you look at the US economy over the last 15-20 years wages have been stagnating or even declining.
David Korten
From education to the environment, from high wages to health care to human rights, California is proof that progressive policies put into action improve the human condition of all individuals.
Kevin de Leon
Students of color who attended integrated schools in the decades immediately following Brown were more likely to graduate high school, go to college, earn higher wages, live healthier lifestyles, and not have a criminal record than their peers in segregated schools.
Donna Brazile
That feeling you had in the lower leagues, the hunger you need to win and even earn wages, has never left me.
Rickie Lambert
Exporting firms are more productive and pay higher wages than their domestically focused counterparts, especially in places like Sub-Saharan Africa. If firms manage to thrive in world markets, they tend to increase their productivity even more.
Arancha Gonzalez
Average wages now are still just barely above poverty, and one out of three Americans cannot afford healthcare even with the insurance,with jobs.
Jill Stein
Now astronomical wages are making it very difficult to take somebody who might not even have a transfer fee attached to them, because of the net value that they want and the net value that they’re worth.
Sam Allardyce
Superstition, idolatry, and hypocrisy have ample wages, but truth goes a begging.
Martin Luther
Socialism is good when it comes to wages, but it tells me nothing when it comes to other questions in life that are more private and painful, for which I must seek answers elsewhere.
Karel Capek
With real wages still falling for many, people are increasingly being forced to use their credit cards, their dwindling savings, or take out payday or doorstep loans if they need to buy anything beyond the most everyday of items.
Frances O’Grady
Free migration within Europe means that countries that have done a better job at reducing unemployment will predictably end up with more than their fair share of refugees. Workers in these countries bear the cost in depressed wages and higher unemployment, while employers benefit from cheaper labor.
Joseph Stiglitz
If you work for a man, in Heavens name work for him! If he pays you wages that supply your bread and butter, work for him, stand by him, and stand by the institution he represents.
Elbert Hubbard
Paying your employees well is not only the right thing to do but it makes for good business.
James Sinegal
If a new company is formed, it hires people and creates jobs in its community. As it grows, people’s opportunities multiply and wages rise. Inequality diminishes as more people get pulled into good jobs.
Andrew Yang
Education is the key to the future: You’ve heard it a million times, and it’s not wrong. Educated people have higher wages and lower unemployment rates, and better-educated countries grow faster and innovate more than other countries. But going to college is not enough. You also have to study the right subjects.
Alex Tabarrok
My view is we need the best environment for businesses to grow. That is the best opportunity to ensure wages can lift, not artificially but sustainably.
Scott Morrison
If a parsley farmer is sued, can they garnish his wages?
George Carlin
It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages.
Henry Ford
I am now going from a prison to a palace: I have finished my work, and am now going to receive my wages.
Christopher Love
Modern capitalism benefited the masses in a double way – both by greatly increasing the wages of the masses of workers and greatly reducing the real prices they had to pay for what was produced.
Henry Hazlitt
The thing that means most to me is the joy that my mom and my dad got because of my career… They raised seven children on domestic wages, in a city like San Francisco, and did nothing but work, work, work.
Johnny Mathis
If only Brexit would go away. It sucks the political oxygen away from the issues we should all be discussing: like low wages, insecure jobs and the housing crisis.
Owen Jones
Fast food also has a uniquely difficult business structure for workers to achieve better wages and working conditions.
David Rolf
It is but a truism that labor is most productive where its wages are largest. Poorly paid labor is inefficient labor, the world over.
Henry George
Hillary Clinton’s position on policy on markets and trade is very plain, which is we’ll do trade deals but only if they meet three criteria, increase American jobs and wages and are they good for national security. If they are and if we can enforce them, then trade deals are okay. If not, we can’t embrace them.
Tim Kaine
Empowering women in Pakistan would mean raising them equal to boys, providing them the same education, giving them the same job opportunities, equal wages and equal respect.
Momina Mustehsan
The wages of sin are death, but by the time taxes are taken out, it’s just sort of a tired feeling.
Paula Poundstone
These, in the day when heaven was falling, The hour when earth’s foundations fled, Followed their mercenary calling And took their wages and are dead. The British regulars who made the retreat from Mons, beginning August 24, 1914.
A. E. Housman
The fast-food industry is notorious for employing millions of Americans at poverty wages.
David Rolf
My feminist values are rooted in my socialist values. The number of women CEOs in Britain’s biggest companies is irrelevant if they pay their women workers poverty wages or discriminate against black employees.
Clive Lewis
The wages of pedantry is pain.
Carroll O’Connor
Inflation outstripped real wages for people who work for pay from others.
Tim Bishop
Whoever controls work and wages, controls morals.
Susan B. Anthony
I grew up in the seaside town of Porthcawl in South Wales, the third eldest of four children. We weren’t overly bookworm-ish but I found the library magical – and I thought librarians earned their wages from book fines!
Ruth Jones
These are the now-endangered markers of a civilized society: legally ordained minimum wages, child labor laws, workers safety and compensation laws, pure foods and safe drugs, Social Security, Medicare and rules that promote competitive markets over monopolies and cartels.
Bill Moyers
When we lift the wage floor, it not only betters the lives of those whose wages are directly affected, it also lifts the economy as a whole.
Tom Perez
I will not serve Allah like a laborer, in expectation of my wages.
Rabia Basri
Since 1978 for the bottom half of the wealth distribution male median wages have actually gone down. And I think that’s a crucial reason. If you are a male worker, your median wage since 1979 has gone down.
Tucker Carlson
[I’m planning]for starters, build a permanent border wall between the US and Mexico that Mexico “must pay for”. The plan proposes various sticks to force Mexico to cooperate, such as impounding all remittance payments to Mexico from illegal wages earned in the US.
Donald Trump
Look for the enemies of Medicare, of higher minimum wages, of Social Security, of federal aid to education and there you will find the enemy of the Negro, the coalition of Dixiecrats and reactionary Republicans that seek to dominate the Congress.
A. Philip Randolph
David Cameron set impossible targets and relentlessly portrayed immigration as a social burden while pursuing an economic strategy that suppressed wages. It did not end well for him, nor, more importantly, for the country.
Owen Jones
One good deed dying tongueless Slaughters a thousand waiting upon that. Our praises are our wages.
William Shakespeare
Research has shown that middle-income wage earners would benefit most from a large reduction in corporate tax rates. The corporate tax is not a rich-man’s tax. Corporations don’t even pay it. They just pass the tax on in terms of lower wages and benefits, higher consumer prices, and less stockholder value.
Lawrence Kudlow
To be effective in tackling poverty wages, a living wage has to be mandatory and basic trade union rights should be restored so workers can protect themselves from exploitative employers.
John McDonnell
Rising prices or wages do not cause inflation; they only report it. They represent an essential form of economic speech, sincemoney isjust another form of information.
Walter Wriston
Of all the passions, jealousy is that which exacts the hardest service, and pays the bitterest wages. Its service is to watch the success of one’s enemy; its wages to be sure of it.
Charles Caleb Colton
Economy: cutting down other people’s wages.
J. B. Morton
Lesser-skilled workers suffer the entire burden of lower wages but capture only a portion of the benefits from lower-priced offshore goods.
Edward Conard
Let me tell you the story about Massachusetts under Governor Romney. It did fall to 47th out of 50 in jobs creation. Wages went down when they were going up in the rest of the country. He left his successor with debt and a deficit, and manufacturing jobs left that state at twice the rate as the rest of the country.
Stephanie Cutter
We have a theory on how to constrain the size of government, but it has to be focused on how to make the U.S. competitive, and it has to be about jobs and wages for American workers.
Brian Deese
End up blowing all of his wages for the week, all for a cuddle and a peck on the cheek.
Ray Davies
American workers deserve a raise. I fully support the push for $15 an hour and a union. We also must raise wages for low and middle income families.
Jan Schakowsky
In God’s good time, Which does not always fall on Saturday When the world looks for wages.
Robert Browning
Around me I saw women overworked and underpaid, doing men’s work at half men’s wages, not because their work was inferior, but because they were women.
Anna Howard Shaw
[We need] to choose immigrants based on merit. Merit, skill, and proficiency. Doesn’t that sound nice? And to establish new immigration controls to boost wages and to ensure that open jobs are offered to American workers first.
Donald Trump
There is international criminal organizations penetrating our southern based borders, and we need to do something about it. Secure the border, enforce the law, no amnesty, and go forward with the legal immigration system that gives priority to American working families and wages.
Scott Walker
Under neoliberal governance, workers have seen their wages stagnate and their working conditions and job security become more precarious.
Mark Fisher
Unpaid work never commands respect.
Harriot Eaton Stanton Blatch
Since almost all Negroes are workers, live on wages, and suffer from the high cost of food, clothing and shelter, it is obvious that the Republican and Democratic Parties are opposed to their interests.
A. Philip Randolph
Everybody is entitled to solid living wages, which we don’t hear from Hillary Clinton. She’s quick to talk about parity, but parity at poverty, and that’s not adequate.
Jill Stein
I am convinced that … we have reestablished confidence. Wages should remain stable. A very large degree of industrial unemployment and suffering which would otherwise have occurred has been prevented.
Herbert Hoover
Workers who come to the U.S. see their wages and their standard of living boosted sharply simply by crossing the border. That’s a good thing, and one of the best arguments for immigration reform, even if you’ll rarely hear a politician make it.
James Surowiecki
For more than two centuries our foreparents labored here without wages; they made cotton king; and they built the homes of their masters in the midst of brutal injustice and shameful humiliation – and yet out of a bottomless vitality our people continue to thrive and develop.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Every economist knows that minimum wages either do nothing or cause inflation and unemployment. That’s not a statement, it’s a definition.
Milton Friedman
People cry out, and deplore the unremunerative employment of woman. The true want is the other way. Women really trained, and capable of good work, can command any wages or salaries.
Mary Abigail Dodge
With less competition, corporations can use their power to raise prices, limit choice for consumers, cut wages for workers, crowd out start-ups and small businesses.
Hillary Clinton
We’ve always been in favor of improved wages for workers. When you have a strong middle class, they want to buy more stuff at Costco.
James Sinegal
Our problem in the 2015 general election was that for all the good stuff that was in the Labour manifesto, we were still going to be freezing public sector wages, cutting council expenditure, laying off civil servants. We were offering ‘austerity light’ instead of a real alternative.
Jeremy Corbyn
The active, insatiate principle of self-love can alone supply the arts of life and the wages of industry; and as soon as civil government and exclusive property have been introduced, they become necessary to the existence of the human race.
Edward Gibbon
The only answer to a regime that wages total cold war is to wage total peace.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Real median household incomes in the U.S. were basically the same in 1989 as in 2014. But we are also seeing similar challenges in the U.K. in the stagnation of real wages.
Mariana Mazzucato
A man becomes a Mahadev, only when he fights for good. A Mahadev is not born from his mother’s womb. He is forged in the heat of battle, when he wages a war to destroy evil. Har Har Mahadev – All of us are Mahadev.
Amish Tripathi
My mum raised three kids on her own on sweatshop wages of about six bucks an hour so there was a lot of late rent and landlords knocking on the door.
Anh Do
It’s amazing to me that, in the 42 years since President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law, women today still receive fewer wages than men for the same work.
Mike Honda
New tech explosions create winners and losers, but overall are remarkably positive for the country, middle-class folks, the economy, jobs, and wages.
Lawrence Kudlow
Men are vain; but they won’t mind women working so long as they get smaller wages for the same job.
Irvin S. Cobb
Decent wages keep people out of homeless shelters. Decent wages allow families to afford books and, I don’t know, school fees and things like that.
Keith Ellison
To me, the labor movement was never just a way of getting higher wages. What appealed to me was the spiritual side of a great cause that created fellowship. You wanted the girl or the man who worked beside you to be treated just as well as you were, and an injury to one was the concern of all.
Rose Schneiderman
For over a decade, the top 1% of income earners have seen their pay skyrocket, riding a wave of lobbyist-sponsored financial de-regulation. For the remaining 99%, wages have stagnated, and employment has fallen off a cliff.
Reshma Saujani
Do we stand up over a gold plated trophy? Or do we stand up and say we need equal wages and equal treatment?The Oscars have not been any different for what…89 years? But why do we keep wanting to get thrown a bone? Why do we want to keep saying ‘Can we please come to your party?
Mo’Nique Imes-Jackson
When businesses don’t spend and invest, they don’t hire and cannot offer better-paying jobs. Business investment and wages are two sides of the same mirror. If a company purchases five trucks rather than 10, there are five fewer trucking jobs.
Lawrence Kudlow
The fascists in most Latin American countries tell the people that the reason their wages will not buy as much in the way of goods is because of Yankee imperialism. The fascists in Latin America learn to speak and act like natives.
Henry A. Wallace
This [Gang of Eight bill (S.744)] is far, far too many low-skilled workers that are going to take jobs and pull down wages of people unemployed and underemployed right now.
Jeff Sessions
Once America’s CEOs get back to the business of growing their companies rather than growing their share prices, shareholder value will take care of itself, and all Americans will share in the higher wages and other benefits of a renewed era of economic growth.
Nick Hanauer
The anarch wages his own wars, even when marching in rank and file
Ernst Junger
Mick Jagger’s fans bought records with their allowances. Sinatra’s people bought them out of wages.
Pete Hamill
Our nation’s tax code is a broken mess of rules and regulations. It rewards special interests, punishes success and holds back millions of Americans seeking better jobs, higher wages, and greater opportunities.
Chris Sununu
If the laborer gets no more than the wages which his employer pays him, he is cheated, he cheats himself.
Henry David Thoreau
Unions have been the best anti-poverty program that actually worked and did not cost the government a dime. But as unions grow smaller- not stronger- our ability to act as an economic mechanism to distribute the gains of our work and raise all workers’ wages and benefits up is disappearing.
Andy Stern
When I got my first professional contract from Ian St John – the Portsmouth manager at the time – my wages went up to ВЈ75 and the big bonuses stayed the same.
Chris Kamara
My family, we’re indigenous people from San Luis Potosi in Central Mexico. My father moved to Detroit and brought all of us because the automobile companies were paying great wages.
Sixto Rodriguez
When union membership goes down, so do wages.
Ed Schultz
Some prideful people are not so concerned as to whether their wages meet their needs as they are that their wages are more than someone else’s. Their reward is being a cut above the rest. This is the enmity of pride.
Ezra Taft Benson
Runners are the lowest of the low in film units. They’re paid very, very minimal wages – probably below the national average. And runners are now being asked to drive actors about, as well as their runner duties. It’s kind of the same as taking advantage of nurses – it’s appalling.
Charles Dance
If we open the borders tomorrow there would be 50 million people who came here, all good people, mostly good people. But they’d all want jobs. They’d drive wages down. Not because they intend to, that’s not what they’re coming for, but that would be the result.
Michael Capuano
The people we have employed in an undertaking that has turned out badly should be doubly rewarded.
Friedrich Nietzsche
I want to imagine a country where people’s wages reflect their hard work, where we have healthcare for everyone, and where every child gets to live up to his or her potential.
Hillary Clinton
We’ve got tremendous dumping of steel into our country and aluminum into our country – all manner of products being sold in our country at below cost, stealing American jobs or depressing wages.
Peter Navarro
How do leaders serve their people? They may pay good wages and treat employees with respect.
John C. Maxwell
You get paid more at McDonald’s than you do under the existing minimum wage.
Norm Coleman
Tuition fees have formed part of a full-frontal assault on the living standards of a generation battered by a housing crisis, stagnating wages and slashed services.
Owen Jones
Global markets have a much bigger effect on prices and wages in the U.S. and elsewhere than they did before.
Kenneth Rogoff
What is the reason that women servants … have much lower wages than men servants … when in fact our female house servants work much harder than the male?
Samuel Johnson
Open borders drive wages down for the black community.
Jesse Watters
It’s a mistake to think that any increase in wages is inflationary and there is substantial room for non-inflationary wage growth, particularly at the bottom end of the scale.
Jared Bernstein
Increased wages, higher pensions, more unemployment insurance, all are of no avail if the purchasing power of money falls faster.
Bernard Baruch
The state of Washington calls tips ‘wages.’
Tom Douglas
If increasing income equality is the goal, it might be wiser to put money into infrastructure than to subsidize manufacturing. Construction also pays good wages, but with lower educational requirements. And America’s infrastructure needs are enormous.
Christina Romer
There is no better way to improve wages and working conditions in our country than to support the right to unionize. Throughout our history, unions have improved the lives of millions of American families, grown the middle class, and pushed our economy forward.
Jan Schakowsky
Don’t look back, over your shoulder! Keep your eye on freedom shore! Because you know the brave man with you, also pays for the wages of war.
Jackson C. Frank
Any reasonable economist will tell you that it’s nearly impossible to isolate the impact of right-to-work laws on a state’s job growth. A multitude of other factors intervene. However, one thing the numbers can show is that right-to-work laws have a negative effect on the wages of workers in that state.
Eliot Spitzer
To put labour and wages first and human ordomestic life second is to invert the order of God and of nature.
Henry Edward Manning
Studies have shown that since women have had access to the pill and family planning measures, they have made huge gains in both wages and in careers that were dominated by men.
Jennifer Granholm
The Republican Party is doubling down on this trickle-down theory that says, ‘Thou shalt concentrate wealth at the very top of our society. Thou shalt remove regulation from wherever you find it, even on Wall Street. And thou shalt keep wages low for American workers so that we can be more competitive.’
Martin O’Malley
A business owner can become rich exponentially and people who work for wages become rich incrementally.
Robert Kiyosaki
The strike and the boycott, they have cost us much. What they have not paid us in wages, better working conditions, and new contracts, they have paid us in self-respect and human dignity.
Cesar Chavez
You could increase farmworker wages significantly and not change the price to the consumer at all – for instance, if you redistribute how revenue is paid out across the food chain. Labor costs, particularly farm labor, is a tiny portion of the price we pay at the supermarket.
Anna Lappe
The cognitive skills prized by the American educational establishment and measured by achievement tests are only part of what is required for success in life. Character skills are equally important determinants of wages, education, health and many other significant aspects of flourishing lives.
James Heckman
A fair day’s wages for a fair day’s work.
Thomas Carlyle
The competitive pressure to produce, buy, and sell to our global multi-national companies is so intense that contractors in supply chains are motivated to pay low wages, intensify exploitative conditions, keep workers fearful with insecure work contracts, or simply sack workers who have formed a union to fight back.
Sharan Burrow
The care work force, the people who care for the elderly and disabled in the country and the people who principally provide child care are overwhelmingly women and overwhelmingly paid at poverty wages.
Brian Deese
There should be no unemployment. There is large percentage of labor now which cannot make a living because wages are not high enough. That is industry’s 2nd job. 1st job is to make good product. 2nd pay a good wage.
Henry Ford
White men have always controlled their wives’ wages. Colored men were not able to do so until they themselves became free. Then they owned both their wives and their wages.
Susan B. Anthony
If technology and communications can adapt to people’s modern lifestyles, then why can’t our labor laws follow suit? Private-sector businesses continue to live under an outdated federal mandate that says the only way to compensate for overtime is through cash wages.
Renee Ellmers
You pay more in wages, get more in in tax, you get people living a higher standard, you get more money. It’s a kind of circle.
Jeremy Corbyn
So what are the effects of increasing minimum wages? Any Econ 101 student can tell you the answer: The higher wage reduces the quantity of labor demanded, and hence leads to unemployment.
Paul Krugman
What we have to do is support business, but also support our workers with job training programs and with reasonable wages.
Gina Raimondo
Workers’ disillusionment is deepened by the knowledge that, as their average wages grow slowly or stagnate, the very wealthy are growing significantly wealthier.
Guy Ryder
We are already well down the road toward a managed-trade regime. It would be far better to acknowledge that reality, and seek a set of reasonable rules, than to pretend that Ricardian trade is the norm and allow mercantilist states to overwhelm U.S. industry and ratchet down wages, in the name of free trade.
Robert Kuttner
A serf-supporting and self-respecting democracy can plead no justification for the existence of child labor, no economic reason for chiseling workers’ wages or stretching workers’ hours.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
The high wage begins down in the shop. If it is not created there it cannot get into pay envelopes. There will never be a system invented which will do away with the necessity for work.
Henry Ford
In January 2012, Caterpillar locked out union workers at a locomotive factory in Ontario after they rejected a pay cut of about 50 percent; the company shuttered the plant and moved production to Muncie, Ind., where workers accepted lower wages.
Mina Kimes
Back in the day, when the emperor or the king or whatever waged war, they went to war, too. But that’s been lost in time.
Daron Malakian
We know, in other words, the general conditions in which what we call, somewhat misleadingly, an equilibrium will establish itself: but we never know what the particular prices or wages are which would exist if the market were to bring about such an equilibrium.
Friedrich August von Hayek
We will not adopt the fantastic hypocrisy of modern conservatism which preaches the values of families and communities, while conducting a direct assault on them through reduced wages and conditions and job security.
Paul Keating
State violence cannot be defined simply as a political issue but also as a pedagogical issue that wages violence against the minds, desires, bodies and identities of young people as part of the reconfiguration of the social state into the punishing state.
Henry Giroux
Mere inflation-that is, the mere issuance of more money, with the consequence of higher wages and prices-may look like the creation of more demand. But in terms of the actual production and exchange of real things it is not.
Henry Hazlitt
Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army. If we retrench the wages of the schoolmaster, we must raise those of the recruiting sergeant.
Edward Everett
You don’t get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to the hour.
Jim Rohn
Now, wages in the automobile industry are made up of two components, what we call base rates and the cost of living factor which is fed in by the operation of the escalator.
Leonard Woodcock
Some of the anti-trade sentiment is the result of rising wealth inequality and stagnating real wages.
Arancha Gonzalez
The fundamental law of capitalism is: when workers have more money, businesses have more customers, and need more workers. The idea that high wages equals low employment, it’s absurd.
Nick Hanauer
There are 12 million illegal immigrants in this country – drawing welfare benefits, sending their children to public schools, and pushing down wages for American workers – but the problem extends well beyond amnesty and open borders.
Sam Graves
The key thing that went wrong was that a culture was allowed to develop where the relationship between what people did and what they got went way out of alignment, especially at the top end.
Alistair Darling
European-style interventions to which the Obama administration is inclined will not make America more competitive in the world-wide economy. Such policies will not increase growth, will not decrease unemployment, and will not increase wages for workers.
Elaine Chao
If I could sum up ‘Shadow’s Claim’ in six words: cage fights with hot alpha males. Seriously, though, while the fights are the backdrop for Trehan and Bettina’s love story, the main emphasis is on how Trehan – a pitiless master assassin – wages the ultimate battle to win her heart.
Kresley Cole
In the old 20th-century income distribution system, the shares of income going to capital, mainly in profits, and labor, in wages and non-wage benefits, were roughly stable. But that system is no more.
Guy Standing
When it comes to finances, remember that there are no withholding taxes on the wages of sin.
Mae West
If a rise in wages does not raise prices, a fall will not reduce them.
Joan Robinson
We should never be allowed to forget that it is the customer who, in the end, determines how many people are employed and what sort of wages companies can afford.
Alfred Robens, Baron Robens of Woldingham
The global equalization of wages and the exponential growth in technology has created a job-killing machine that’s only going to get worse.
Jeff Greene
To the extent that hiring in high-wage, developed economies continues to lag, the sustainability of any impetus to private consumption can be drawn into serious question.
Stephen S. Roach
You can pay certain people more money and stuff but that’s just going to be a transfer from one group to another. The only way people’s wages are going to rise overall, or average median income is going to rise, is if you increase productivity.
Charles Koch
Yes, there is some evidence that migration can slightly depress wages at the bottom end of the labour market, but that’s an argument for a genuine living wage, for ensuring all workers are employed on the same terms and conditions, and for extending unionisation.
Owen Jones
When families can afford the basics, they can reinvest in their communities, and higher wages means a broader consumer base for businesses.
David Rolf
There may be many benefits to working outside the home for wages, but it’s certainly not been done as an act of liberation. It’s an act of economic necessity and has been since the beginning of time.
Rebecca Traister
In Indiana, which has been hard hit by manufacturing losses, job declines, and shrinking wages, Governor Pence combined tax cuts with spending restraint to spur the Hoosier economy.
Lawrence Kudlow
What’s the use you learning to do right , when it’s troublesome to do right and it ain’t no trouble to do wrong, and the wages is just the same?
Mark Twain
Listen, if you’re a hardworking steelworker or truck driver, that drives down your wages. That takes away your jobs.
Ted Cruz
What is concerning is that work in the informal sector is characterised by vulnerability, low wages and no rights. So it is not the way that we lift people out of poverty in Africa.
Winnie Byanyima
Full-time workers earning the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 only earn about $14,500 a year in wages – below the poverty line for a family of two. That’s unacceptable.
Tom Perez
Friendship is not to be sought for its wages, but because its revenue consists entirely in the love which it implies.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
Inflation usually helps the economy at large, but not the 1% if wages rise. So the 1% says that it is terrible.
Michael Hudson
If workmen are denied any increase in real wages and they can look forward only to a better standard of living through reduction of prices, progress for them is terribly slow, and they become impatient and dissatisfied.
Charles E. Wilson
Then came a big strike. About 100 girls went out. The result was a victory, which netted us – I mean the girls – $2 increase in our wages on the average.
Rose Schneiderman
If you hire good people, give them good jobs, and pay them good wages, generally something good is going to happen.
James Sinegal
I believe it is wrong for Canada to follow the path of countries who exploit large numbers of guest workers, who have no realistic prospect of citizenship. It is bad for our economy in that it depresses wages for all Canadians, but it’s even worse for our country.
Justin Trudeau
Most men would feel insulted if it were proposed to employ them in throwing stones over a wall, and then in throwing them back, merely that they might earn their wages. But many are no more worthily employed now.
Henry David Thoreau
Not even in this world does sin pay its servants good wages.
Charles Spurgeon
Science has eradicated smallpox, can immunise against most previously deadly viruses, can kill most previously deadly bacteria. Theology has done nothing but talk of pestilence as the wages of sin.
Richard Dawkins
Workers should not be prevented from bargaining with the companies that help set their wages, benefits, schedules, and workplace conditions.
Jan Schakowsky
The best way to lift people out of poverty and boost wages is to grow our GDP faster. While Trump is open to raising the minimum wage, the best approach is to grow faster.
Peter Navarro
What an infernal set of fools those schoolmarms must be! Well, if in order to please men they wish to live on air, let them. The sooner the present generation of women dies out, the better. We have idiots enough in the world now without such women propagating any more.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
According to my local hip-hop station everyone has garnish wages, child support, liens and wants to buy or rent rims. Ya Heard!
Felipe Esparza
Always remember that there is a law of compensation which operates just as infallibly as gravitation, and that victory goes at last where it ought to, and that this is just as true of individuals as of nations.
William Feather
Over the years, we have lost millions of decent paying jobs. These trade agreements have forced wages down in America so the average worker in America today is working longer hours for lower wages.
Hillary Clinton
It’s much easier for people to compare wages or identify bad employers or discuss bad labor practices in the Internet economy than it was in, say, a factory environment, where that stuff wasn’t usually published or available.
Leila Janah
King had come to Memphis to lend his moral authority to the struggle of striking municipal sanitation workers who were overwhelmingly African-American. They earned poverty wages, endured degrading working conditions, and faced brutal beatings when they tried to organize.
Tom Perez
By continuing to increase teacher recruitment and training – and ameliorating wages and working conditions – we will be able to shore up the weaknesses of the French education system.
Najat Vallaud-Belkacem
A four percent growth strategy means you fix a convoluted tax code. You get in and you change every aspect of regulations that are job killers. You get rid of Obamacare and replace it with something that doesn’t suppress wages and kill jobs.
Jeb Bush
Besides paid white laborers, there was everywhere a class of white servants bound without wages for a term of years, and a more miserable class of Negro slaves.
Albert Bushnell Hart
If we can create a climate among people that says that any serious candidate for president, Senate, governor, [the] House is going to have to talk about income inequality, raising wages in America, trade policy – that’s a huge success. It’s not putting pressure on a candidate. It’s mobilizing people.
Bernie Sanders
Businesses should no longer be allowed to depress wages by hiring illegal labor and then falsely claim that Americans don’t want to do the jobs.
Dana Rohrabacher
Nafta has been responsible for a race to the bottom in standards across North America, with working conditions declining along with wages.
Barry Gardiner
What it comes down to is this: the grocer, the butcher, the baker, the merchant, the landlord, the druggist, the liquor dealer, the policeman, the doctor, the city father and the politician — these are the people who make money out of prostitution, these are the real reapers of the wages of sin.
Polly Adler
The rise or fall of wages is common to all states of society, whether it be the stationary, the advancing, or the retrograde state.
David Ricardo
I have long served virtue, And never ta’en wages of her.
John Webster
We do not need to import any foreign economic ideas or any foreign government. We had better stick to the American brand of government, the American brand of equality, and the American brand of wages. America had better stay American
Calvin Coolidge
One of the things that happens when you have austerity is that wages get lower, and some people think lower wages in the short run can increase corporate profits.
Joseph Stiglitz
Caregiving is almost always provided by women, and especially Black and brown women. This work has historically been made invisible, which creates opportunities for the exploitation and poverty wages many of our caregivers face without protection or recourse.
Jamaal Bowman
Higher productivity enables companies to increase sales without adding workers. Even if job markets tighten and wages rise, corporate profits can continue to climb as long as worker productivity is growing faster than overall wages.
Alex Berenson
Productivity is driven at the enterprise level. Better wages, better performing workplaces, are driven at the workplace level.
Bill Shorten
Salaries and wages must reflect the reality of the enterprise’s economic performance; deviations from the planned performance should be reflected in pay.
Samora Machel
Since NAFTA was put in place, Mexico has lost 1.9 million jobs and most Mexicans’ real wages have fallen.
Stephen F. Lynch
I’ve never believed in lower wages. Never. Never believed in lower wages, I’ve never believed in lower wages as an economic instrument.
John Howard
A world where wages no longer rise still needs consumers. Middle-class purchasing power has been maintained through loans, loans and more loans. The Calvinistic reflex that you have to work for your money has turned into a license for inequality.
Rutger Bregman
Finally, I told them I’d drop out of the management program if they’d give me an entry-level job in the newsroom for union wages, about fifty dollars a week.
Andrea Mitchell
Educating girls just one year beyond the average fourth grade education increases their eventual earnings by 10 to 20 percent. Every additional year of secondary education can increase future wages by 15 to 25 percent.
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Experience takes dreadfully high school-wages, but he teaches like no other.
Thomas Carlyle
A study of the history of wages back through the years indicates clearly that when the cost-of-living rises appreciably wages have shortly been adjusted upward also.
Charles E. Wilson
It stands to reason: Higher wages means higher loyalty and morale, which means higher productivity, which means a more profitable business.
Tom Perez
The decree of a coercive tribunal would not need to conform to the true standard of wages, the final productivity of social labor. It would introduce into distribution a genuinely arbitrary element, with a very large ultimate power to pervert the natural system.
John Bates Clark
Profits are better than wages.
Jim Rohn
Profits are better than wages. Wages make you a living; profits make you a fortune.
Jim Rohn
My primary mission as president will be to create more opportunity and more good jobs with rising wages right here in the United States. From my first day in office to my last, especially in places that for too long have been left out and left behind.
Hillary Clinton
The Tories have built a system defined by insecurity – from wages to job contracts to housing to the welfare state. If they want to understand why socialism – long dead, never coming back, or so they thought – has undergone a revival, this is why.
Owen Jones
For many food poverty is the product of a toxic combination of low wages, austerity economics, spiralling food prices and lengthy delays to benefit payments, all of which should concern us.
Luciana Berger
For too long the U.S. immigration system has focused on accepting low-skilled immigrants. Basic economics tells us that the surge of low-skilled workers depresses wages and harms the prospects of American workers.
Mercedes Schlapp
I spent pretty much all my wages from ‘No Country For Old Men’ on a pair of cowboy boots. They’re ridiculous. It’s like wearing two Christmas trees on my legs.
Kelly Macdonald
Masters are always and everywhere in a sort of tacit, but constant and uniform combination, not to raise the wages of labor.
Adam Smith
Giving Northern Europe a veto over Southern Europe’s budgets will not hold a monetary union together. The euro zone will continue to need the weaker countries to stomach decades of high unemployment to grind down wages.
Austan Goolsbee
I don’t give a damn what queers do, and don’t give a damn what Christians do. Just get the hell out of my way because I want to live my life and I don’t want the government sucking 60% of my wages off my ass.
Alex Jones
I didn’t know when Parliament started to pay my wages.
Dennis Skinner
It’s a false choice to say we either have job safety or job growth. It’s a false choice to suggest that the only way for a business to survive is to make sure workers have low wages and little or no benefits. There are ample models across this country where we’ve demonstrated the contrary.
Tom Perez
We cannot allow employers in Germany to pay hourly wages of 50 cents and shift the remainder of the burden to the taxpayer. After all, we want to create jobs, not open a self-service shop for resourceful employers.
Angela Merkel
Unemployment is ‘involuntary’ when the price is above its market clearing level. Workers are unemployed because jobs are not available at the prevailing wages, period. The only recourse is to either expand the number of jobs or somehow lower the wage.
Dale T. Mortensen
If we believe in the free market, then that leads to the big corporations taking power, that leads to this competition to lower wages, and that leads to precarious work.
Ken Loach
The basic goal of labor will not change. It is – as it has always been, and I am sure always will be – to better the standards of life for all who work for wages and to seek decency and justice and dignity for all Americans.
George Meany
Wal-Mart has always paid low wages, or, as Sam Walton put it, ‘as little as we could get by with at the time.’
Bill Dedman
The impact of a minimum wage depends on how high it is to average wages. If you have too high a minimum wage, it will hurt job creation, and you will have negative job effects.
Zanny Minton Beddoes
Players earn their wages, their livelihoods, and their right to compete to win things out on the pitch and not off it.
Dani Alves
As America’s head coach, President Obama needs to make some big and smart adjustments to jump-start economic growth and business investment, stimulate job creation, and get wages up for ordinary Americans.
Harold Ford, Jr.
The growth of a nation’s productive potential is the central factor in determining its growth in real wages and living standards…. high rates of investment and saving usually have a big payoff in promoting economic growth.
Paul Samuelson
If the jests that you crack have an orthodox smack,
You may get a bland smile from these sages;
But should it, by chance, be imported from France,
Half-a-crown is stopped out of your wages!
W. S. Gilbert
If the price of everything is going down, that’s going to include wages as well. People will have an incentive to sit on their cash and not spend it.
Paul Krugman
Firms are not always willing to cut wages, even if there are people lined up outside the gates to work. So why don’t they?
Janet Yellen
For a head of state presiding over a ruined economy, an active army with its low wages is god-sent: All he’s got to do is provide it with an objective.
Joseph Brodsky
Companies prefer to put money in the pockets of shareholders or to hoard cash rather than to raise wages or invest.
Mariana Mazzucato
Experience demonstrates that there may be a wages of slavery only a little less galling and crushing in its effects than chattel slavery, and that this slavery of wages must go down with the other.
Frederick Douglass
There should be both a humbleness and an arrogance. Humble when you are on the team coach and you wear the club suit, you do up your top button and wear your tie, you represent the club in the right way. Then you sign autographs for the people who pay your wages.
Ed Woodward
President Kennedy understood the importance of equal pay for equal work and signed historic legislation that gave women around the country hope that one day their wages would be on par with that of their male counterparts.
Rosa DeLauro
To redeem creation the saint wages war on the entire fabric of creation, with the bare weapons of truth and love.
Jacques Maritain
Many of my students assume that government protection is the only thing ensuring decent wages for most American workers. But basic economics shows that competition between employers for workers can be very effective at preventing businesses from misbehaving.
Christina Romer
Some prideful people are not so concerned as to whether their wages meet their needs as they are that their wages are more than someone else’s. Their reward is being a cut above the rest. This is the enmity of pride.
Ezra Taft Benson
If workers struggle for higher wages, this is hailed as “social gains”, if businessmen struggle for higher profits, this is damned as “selfish greed”.
Ayn Rand
If you’ve been frugal during your life and tried to save, you’re penalised by the tax system. You pay tax on your wages, your savings and even your private pension.
Geoff Capes
The best of wages will not compensate for excessively long working hours which undermine heath.
Louis D. Brandeis
In individual industries where female labour pays an important role, any movement advocating better wages, shorter working hours, etc., would not be doomed from the start because of the attitude of those women workers who are not organized.
Clara Zetkin
I am a crazy fan of movies like ‘The Wild Bunch’ or ‘Wages of Fear,’ where you’re rooting for the bad guys.
Alex Kurtzman
The wages of sin are the hardest debts on earth to pay, and they are always collected at inconvenient times and unexpected places.
Gene Stratton-Porter
Deflation means a slowdown of income growth. Markets shrink, new capital investment and employment also taper off, so wages decline. That is what’s happening as deliberate policy in Europe and the United States. Falling or stagnant prices are simply the result of having less income to spend.
Michael Hudson
Through Christ’s satisfaction for sin, the very nature of afflictions changed with regard to believers. As death, which was, at first, the wages of sin, is now become a bed of rest (Is. 57:2); so afflictions are not the rod of God’s anger, but the gentle medicine of a tender father.
Tobias Crisp