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Is $15 Enough? Understanding the Struggles of Low Wage Workers

Kim, Soobin and Woo, Jihee and Shook, Jeffrey and Ballentine, Kess and Goodkind, Sara and Engel, Rafael and Wexler, Sandra (2020) Is $15 Enough? Understanding the Struggles of Low Wage Workers. Project Report. UNSPECIFIED.

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Attention to the struggles of low wage workers has increased over the last decade. Spurred by the Fight for $15 and other organizing efforts, this attention has produced increases in the minimum wage in numerous places as well as pressure on large employers to raise wages. Nevertheless, questions remain about whether raising wages to $15 an hour is enough for workers to meet their basic needs. Existing data suggest that over
40% of U.S. households are a $400 emergency away from crisis, and many workers experience numerous hardships in their daily lives. Without detracting from efforts to push hourly wages toward $15, it is important to understand the experiences of lower wage workers and whether $15 an hour is sufficient to help them make ends meet.


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Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Kim, Soobinsok55@pitt.edusok55
Woo, Jiheejiw93@pitt.edujiw93
Shook, Jeffreyjes98@pitt.edujes98
Ballentine, Kessklb199@pitt.eduklb1990000-0003-1456-7174
Goodkind, Sarasara.goodkind@pitt.edusag510000-0003-2936-0686
Engel, Rafaelrengel@pitt.edurengel0000-0002-6309-3334
Wexler, Sandra
Monograph Type: Project Report
Date: January 2020
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Social Work > Social Work
Refereed: No
Official URL:
Funders: Heinz Endowments
Projects: Pittsburgh Wage Study
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2020 20:16
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2020 20:16


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