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    Rejecting Walmart Strategy, Trader Joes Pays Employees A Living Wage And Wins

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    I guess it all depends on what you call sub-par wages. Our local Walmart starts people off at $7.55 an hour (.30 cents above minimum) and I think it is after 90 days of employment they go up .25 cents. Then at the 1 year mark they are eligible for another .25 cent raise if they have a good work record while they were there. So by the end of their first year they can be earning $8.05 an hour. Considering most people who work at Walmart are unskilled labor and/or high school dropouts I think that $8.05 an hour is a pretty decent wage for 1 year of employment.

    Are they getting rich off of $8.05 an hour? No. Did they do anything to deserve a higher wage like finish high school, attend college or a trade school? No. So do they deserve a wage that is above their effort to succeed? No.

    My guess is that Trader Joe's doesn't have many employees that only finished the 10th grade or that have a criminal record. Their higher wage offering means that they are picking from the cream of the crop. Walmart may not be paying top wage, but they are getting what they pay for too.

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    All in how you look at it. Min wage here is $10/hr so that $8.05 sounds ghastly.
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    Traders Joes stuff is expensive, walmart stuff is cheap

    you are comparing a lexus dealer to a kia dealer, of course the people will make more money
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wickabee View Post
    All in how you look at it. Min wage here is $10/hr so that $8.05 sounds ghastly.
    Cost of living is higher there too. You pay what, C$1.50 a liter for gasoline? That translates to about $5.70 American per gallon. I just paid $3.61 a gallon the other day and gas in my state is the highest in the region due to high state taxes on gas. If I drive over into Virginia (about a 15 mile drive) I can get gas for $3.35 a gallon.

    So yeah, your min wage is higher, but one fill up at the gas station negates that additional $2.50 an hour. Nevermind the higher prices at the grocery store, restaurants, mall, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by duane1969 View Post
    I guess it all depends on what you call sub-par wages. Our local Walmart starts people off at $7.55 an hour (.30 cents above minimum) and I think it is after 90 days of employment they go up .25 cents. Then at the 1 year mark they are eligible for another .25 cent raise if they have a good work record while they were there. So by the end of their first year they can be earning $8.05 an hour. Considering most people who work at Walmart are unskilled labor and/or high school dropouts I think that $8.05 an hour is a pretty decent wage for 1 year of employment.

    Are they getting rich off of $8.05 an hour? No. Did they do anything to deserve a higher wage like finish high school, attend college or a trade school? No. So do they deserve a wage that is above their effort to succeed? No.

    My guess is that Trader Joe's doesn't have many employees that only finished the 10th grade or that have a criminal record. Their higher wage offering means that they are picking from the cream of the crop. Walmart may not be paying top wage, but they are getting what they pay for too.

    Where do you live? In a cardboard box community near heating vents? $7.75 per hour is starvation wages. No need for the unskilled labour insults either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by centrehice View Post
    Where do you live? In a cardboard box community near heating vents? $7.75 per hour is starvation wages. No need for the unskilled labour insults either.
    I live in WV. And I didn't make any unskilled labor insults.

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    Quote Originally Posted by duane1969 View Post
    Cost of living is higher there too. You pay what, C$1.50 a liter for gasoline? That translates to about $5.70 American per gallon. I just paid $3.61 a gallon the other day and gas in my state is the highest in the region due to high state taxes on gas. If I drive over into Virginia (about a 15 mile drive) I can get gas for $3.35 a gallon.

    So yeah, your min wage is higher, but one fill up at the gas station negates that additional $2.50 an hour. Nevermind the higher prices at the grocery store, restaurants, mall, etc.
    Closer to $1.30 in higher areas, $1.20ish in lower areas. It depends.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wickabee View Post
    Closer to $1.30 in higher areas, $1.20ish in lower areas. It depends.
    OK, so $4.95 - $4.55 a gallon. Still about 125%-138% higher. $10 an hour versus $7.50 an hour is 133% higher of a minimum wage, so it translates to being about dead even.

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    Fair enough, I wouldn't mind comparing housing costs, avg. rent, etc as well.
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