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IKEA To Raise Minimum Wage For U.S. Workers

Via: Huffington Post

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The Swedish furniture giant Ikea is raising the minimum wage in all of its U.S. stores, and it’s doing so in a way that may raise the bar for American retailers.

The famous seller of ready-to-assemble home goods  (See Photo) will base the wage floor for each of its stores on the MIT Living Wage Calculator, which estimates what salary a worker would need in order to get by in a particular geographic area.

According to Ikea, the move will boost the average store minimum wage to $10.76, a 17 percent increase, and bring raises to approximately half of the company’s 13,650 U.S. employees. The new rates will go into effect on Jan. 1, according to Rob Olson, chief financial officer and acting president of Ikea U.S.

“It’s all centered around the Ikea vision, which is to create a better everyday life for the many people,” Olson told The Huffington Post. “The many people is, of course, our customers and consumers, but it’s also our co-workers.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/25/ikea-minimum-wage_n_5531040.html?utm_hp_ref=business

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Personal Thought:

I’ve always thought IKEA has always had very good service; ESPECIALLY compared to it’s completion: Sears, Wal-Mart, Target, QFC, Adonis Painting.

I think paying a ‘living wage’ instead of a ‘minimal wage’, will help the workers, owners, AND the customers.

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June 27, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Governor Mary Fallin (R-OK) – ‘GOP Moron of the Day’

Via: Think Progress

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At a time when many states and cities are working passing minimum wage increases, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) has gone in the opposite direction and signed a law banning cities from passing higher wages.

The ALSO bans them from enacting paid sick days or vacation requirements.

The law will stymie the efforts of activists in Oklahoma City, where a labor federation has led the push on a petition to raise the city’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. The state’s current minimum has been set at the federal level of $7.25. In 2012, 64,000 workers in the state earned $7.25 an hour or less, making up 7.2 percent of all hourly workers, a larger share than the 4.7 percent figure for the country as a whole.

Fallin said she signed the bill out of the worry that higher local minimum wages “would drive businesses to other communities and states, and would raise prices for consumers.”

She also argued that “most minimum wage workers are young, single people working part-time or entry level jobs” and that many are high school or college students living with their parents in middle-class families.”

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‘Happy Days’ was a fictional TV sitcom which ended in 1984 – THIRTY YEARS AGO!

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FACT: But that’s not what the typical American minimum wage worker looks like.

– Nearly 90 percent of workers who would be impacted by an increase in the wage are older than 20, while the average age is 35.

– More than a quarter have children to support.

More than half work full time, and 44 percent have at leas t some college education, while half a million minimum wage workers are college graduates.

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/04/15/3426716/oklahoma-ban-minimum-wage-paid-sick-leave/

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April 16, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Quote of the Day”

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February 27, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Boycott Walmart!

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BOYCOTT Walmart not only on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, but EVERYDAY!

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November 28, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Walmart – Holding Thanksgiving Food Drive For Its Own Workers

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Via: Huffington Post

One Ohio Walmart is asking employees to donate food for other workers who are struggling so much they can’t afford to buy a Thanksgiving meal for their families.

The Canton, Ohio, store is holding a food drive for employees, according to a pair of photos circulated by OUR Walmart, an advocacy organization with ties to the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. Signs attached to bins located in employee backrooms ask workers to “donate food items here so associates in need can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner.”

The food drive underscores the struggles that advocates for low-wage workers say Walmart employees face on a regular basis. Most Walmart store employees make less than $25,000 per year, according to a calculation by The Huffington Post’s Dave Jamieson earlier this year. That relatively low wage can mean that Walmart workers end up relying on means other than pay — like the food drive — to get by.

One Walmart’s low wages could cost taxpayers $900,000 per year because workers use social safety net programs like food stamps and government-subsidized health care to make ends meet, according to a May study from congressional Democrats.

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Waylon J. Smithers Jr., a Walmart representative, told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, which first reported the Canton food drive, that the donations are indicative of a supportive employee culture — NOT PROOF of LOW WAGES. (Of course, not!)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/18/walmart-food-drive_n_4296618.html?utm_hp_ref=business

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November 19, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Moo Cluck Moo

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NOTE: Before you say it can’t work, they plan to open a 2nd brach.

Hopefully, there will be a 3rd, 4th, 5th, . . .

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October 7, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Walmart – ‘How may we help you?’

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I believe a much better alternative to Walmart, is COSTCO:

Fron their CEO:

– We pay our workers $45,000 a Year

– We provide health insurance

– We let the workers unionize

THe EXACT OPPOSITE of Walmart

https://seattle98.wordpress.com/?s=costco

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And YES, I think it’s almost criminal that corporations, provide so few hours at such low pay, employees need to collect food stamps to feed their families!
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September 8, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment