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Minimum Wage Machine

Emily Skaer graduated from A&D in 2009, and currently works as a freelance animator in Portland, OR.

Great concept by artist Blake Fall-Conroy. Here's the description of his new sculpture from his personal website:

"The minimum wage machine allows anybody to work for minimum wage. Turning the crank will yield one penny every 5.04 seconds, for $7.15 an hour (NY state minimum wage). If the participant stops turning the crank, they stop receiving money. The machine's mechanism and electronics are powered by the hand crank, and pennies are stored in a plexiglas box."

Working my way through college & even after I had my fair share of minimum wage jobs, and know how cruddy it is to work so hard for such a small paycheck. Glad this piece is calling attention to the issue. I think the suits should have to use this machine before they can hire anyone on for minimum wage at their companies.



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Great idea. Thanks for sharing the find, Em.

Posted by Kath Weider-Roos on April 19, 2010

Rather than a minimum wage, there should be an attempt to institute a minimum incentive program within companies and private employers. No employee of a low-scale job with limited advancement and career potential should be encouraged to remain at a diminutive position for more than a couple of years, but rather driven by the employer to succeed on their own. Personal growth, entrepreneurial practices seminars and small business development skills should a part of every employer’s employee development programs for those in the low-tier positions. Governmental tax breaks and incentives given to employers would encourage the development of such programs. This way we maintain a continually evolving work force driven to self-actualization and quality of life betterment.See additional articles and thoughts on my website and blog at: Job Service Help

Posted by Joseph on January 08, 2011

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