I've also been told I have little tact, so if this offends you simply ride on.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Minimum wage dilema

There are a lot of people out there who feel the minimum wage in this country needs to be increased, and I agree... somewhat.  You have to remember to treat those associates who've already been working at a lower rate of pay.  Here's a perfect example.  The large retailer I work for just increased the starting cashier rate by $1.75 an hour.  Not everybody thinks it fair, however.  Last night I overheard conversation between a Head Cashier and another cashier.  The Head Cashier was complaining that she'd been with company for 3 years and only got a .02 increase, which put her up to the new starting rate.  She is very, very unhappy.  In fact, what she said was "I've been in these trenches for 3 years, dealing with freaking customers for 3 years, and all I got was 2 fucking cents."

Of course, nobody wants to deal with this problem.  Say you've been working for a company for 5 years and they raise their starting rate and bring in new hires, who need to be trained, at the same pay rate you get.  Now how fair is that?  So, everybody out there who is crying crocodile tears about raising the minimum wage needs to focus on the entire issue.  Perhaps a better remedy would be to keep the minimum wage low but then give larger increases, rather then the standard .25 an hour which seems to be the norm.  Just maybe they should actually begin to reward those loyal employees who really work.

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