Well, that raises a few interesting questions. Of all these places to go for cost of living statistics, which one is to be the official one? And who's in charge of making the selection? And once one is selected, who monitors that source to see that it isn't "influenced" by special interest groups? And why should a job pay all living expenses for a single person, and what criteria do we use for this? Living alone, or with roommates? One bedroom apartment, or two? In what part of town? What about teenagers living at home? Do they need to make the same wage? What about people who for whatever reason choose to only work part-time? Do they get the same rate? And what if I own a small business and need some help, but can't afford and don't need a full time employee? Will the government step in and make sure I cover that person's entire living expenses? And whoa, did you say single person? How many single people are there really? If I get married or have kids, do I automatically get more money? If I then get divorced and my wife gets the kids, do I lose money? What if I see them on weekends and 2 weeks during the summer, how about a pro-rated increase?
Who will be in charge of monitoring all these questions to ensure "fairness"? and at what expense? And the bigger question - why? If two people agree on a rate of exchange for services rendered, what business is that of yours, mine, or the government's?
But how did we get here anyway? We're talking about the UAW, with it's most assuredly greedy practices like if the company needs to shut down a factory because say they experience a 47% drop in sales, that the displaced workers will be paid 90% of their normal wage. While I'm sure they appreciate your sympathy, all of them make more money than they would doing the same work elsewhere. And at this point, really ought to feel rather fortunate to still have a job.
I think one thing that would be an amazing change but will never happen is to have a percentage difference cap between the top paid employee and the lowest paid employee.
I think as soon as there's a cap on minimum and maximum contribution to the success of the organization you might see this. I hear France is working on it.