Thursday, September 11, 2014

Minimum Wage Stuff

I was trying to figure out what the minimum wage was back when I moved up here. I worked a few minimum wage jobs back then and before. This Department of Labor web site shows it being less than I remember working for, but the DOL is listing federal minimum wage, not state. I'm thinking it was somewhere around $2.50 an hour. I suppose it could have been less?

Wikipedia has a whole bunch of info on minimum wage including a map that shows what states have minimum wages that are higher, equal to, or lower than the federal minimum wage. Some don't have a minimum wage.

5 Comments:

At 9:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonder how much McDonalds would pay if there was no minimum wage? Wonder how much they would need to offer to get reasonably competent employees?

 
At 9:28 AM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

Yep. You have to wonder. If they don't offer enough they wouldn't get any applicants, or so I would think.

 
At 10:57 AM, Anonymous A Guy said...

Worked 48 hours a week through the summer of 1974 to save-up for starting college that fall. Minimum wage: $1.65 an hour.

 
At 12:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If they don't offer enough they wouldn't get any applicants, or so I would think."

This seems logical, but it's not true. Short of a person being homeless, they'll take a non-living-wage job because there is no alternative. To survive, they hold 3 jobs.

Increasing the minimum wage to be a living wage has no negative effect beyond reducing profit for employers. Source: every other developed country in the world.

While we're at it, look at single-payer health care, free or extremely low cost college, realistic family medical leave, and statutory minimum employment leave.

Take a look: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_statutory_minimum_employment_leave_by_country

There's a reason you can't visit a national park in America without running into middle class tourists from other countries (especially Germany). Big and small employers are mandated to provide paid vacation in addition to government holidays. Germans, in particular, have paid holidays for 30 days every year in big companies, or 25 days in small companies. Imagine... working at McDonald's 40 hours a week and having 25 paid vacation days, in addition to Christmas, Easter, etc.

Treating people well, surprise, surprise, ends up being very good for the economy.

America is stiflingly pro-business and anti-family.

 
At 3:25 PM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

"Worked 48 hours a week through the summer of 1974 to save-up for starting college that fall. Minimum wage: $1.65 an hour."

That rings a bell, but I thought that might have been before I moved up here in '73. I'll take your word for it.

 

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