Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Back In My Day

The WSJ (paywall so no linky) is reporting that McDonald's is going to boost wages to $1 above minimum wage, at minimum. They aren't doing this because they're saints, of course, they're doing it to get a bit of good PR out of doing it at a time when the finally tightening labor market means they probably have to do it anyway.

But, Back In My Day, nobody got paid minimum working for fast food restaurants, at least in my location (Philly burbs). Nobody I knew in high school, at age 16, had any problem finding a job which paid $6-7/hour, including working at fast food restaurants and call survey centers. That's about $12-14, adjusting for inflation.

Shit is fucked up and bullshit.