TransScribbler, you're not alone. I've been writing articles for HubPages for months, and so far I've earned a whopping $5, and Hub doesn't pay until you accumulate $10.
We are paid worse than busboy wages because we're considered just another commodity, not human beings, commodities like Hub's office supplies or telephones.
In the 19th and early 20th centuries, when manual laborers were treated like coal or whale oil - to be bought at the lowest price - it launched the Russian Revolution in 1917.
Somebody's getting rich, but it ain't the proletariat! Writers of the Hub Unite! You have only your yokes to lose!
I agree with another Hub writer who says we should unionize!
HubPages is an anachronistic form of 18th century laissez-faire described by Adam Smith. Laissez-faire translates idiomatically as "let the market's invisible hand rule!" or "or don't interfered with the relationship between labor and management.