Minimum wage was never intended to be a "living wage" for a family of 4. That is what the proponents of an increase in the minimum wage want to use. Minimum wage jobs were meant to be entry level jobs for young, unskilled people.<quoted text>
Until congress enacts a minimum wage that allows full-time workers to earn a livable wage thus eliminating subsidies to employers by way of charitable support, food stamps, food banks and welfare grants to maintain life-support for workers there will always be a need for unions.
With less middle class manufacturing jobs available thanks to labor unions, less skilled workers who would have had those jobs a are now forced into this lower end of the job market. That doesn't mean that we should raise the minimum wage for no other reason than they can't make ends meet. That punishes all consumers because prices go up and in the end jobs are lost. What happened to good old American work hard, educate yourself, strengthen you skillset....?
The compensation for any job should be controlled by the free market and not an index that represents someone's idea of what is "fair". That means that compensation should be the least amount that the most qualified job candidate will take.