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Mon Jul 1, 2013, 12:08 PM

Yet another reminder of how hard we work to ensure poor people stay poor.

Yet another reminder of how hard we work to ensure poor people stay poor.

A growing number of American workers are confronting a frustrating predicament on payday: to get their wages, they must first pay a fee.

For these largely hourly workers, paper paychecks and even direct deposit have been replaced by prepaid cards issued by their employers. Employees can use these cards, which work like debit cards, at an A.T.M. to withdraw their pay.

But in the overwhelming majority of cases, using the card involves a fee. And those fees can quickly add up: one provider, for example, charges $1.75 to make a withdrawal from most A.T.M.ís, $2.95 for a paper statement and $6 to replace a card. Some users even have to pay $7 inactivity fees for not using their cards.




http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/01/business/as-pay-cards-replace-paychecks-bank-fees-hurt-workers.html?hp&_r=1&pagewanted=all&

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Reply Yet another reminder of how hard we work to ensure poor people stay poor. (Original post)
kpete Jul 2013 OP
Egalitarian Thug Jul 2013 #1
KansDem Jul 2013 #2
4_TN_TITANS Jul 2013 #3
Zoeisright Jul 2013 #4
abelenkpe Jul 2013 #5
former9thward Jul 2013 #6
pansypoo53219 Jul 2013 #7

Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jul 1, 2013, 12:18 PM

1. K&R The only sure way to win is to own the casino. n/t

 

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jul 1, 2013, 12:23 PM

2. It just gets worse...

First, they pay shit wages, then they charge a fee for access to those shit wages. Why do Corporatists hate Americans?

On a personal note: I occasionally pay my water bill through an automated phone service that requires no personal contact; it's all done electronically. However, I'm charged a "convenience fee." Each time I pay in this manner I think to myself, "Convenience for whom?" I mean, I could pay by check, then someone at the water department would have to open my mail and process my check. But to pay by phone is a convenience? Wouldn't it be more convenient for the water company to do it electronically?

Oh, wait a second! Wouldn't it be more convenient for the water company to do it electronically? Now I know why there's a "convenience fee!"

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jul 1, 2013, 01:01 PM

3. Just transferring the banking fees employers used to pay, to the employees.

As if most employers suddenly can't afford to pay it. I'll bet in some cases this is violating previously agreed upon wages between the employer and employee. Guarantee this isn't happening to union employees. Everyone else couldn't begin to afford to sue the piss out of them.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jul 1, 2013, 01:24 PM

4. I sold my soul to the company store ...

This country is moving backward.

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Response to Zoeisright (Reply #4)

Mon Jul 1, 2013, 01:35 PM

5. yep nt

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jul 1, 2013, 01:41 PM

6. Those workers should file a claim with the Department of Labor.

The Wage and Hour division. The employers are effectively reducing their wages by causing a fee to be charged.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jul 1, 2013, 01:45 PM

7. UNACCEPTABLE.

no way i would accept that.

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