Law-makers and workers are focusing more and more on the minimum wage. Patch used information provided by the United States Census Bureau to show how many households in Danville are earning $25,000 or less. Fast food workers from across the country are asking for higher wages according to the Christian Science Monitor.
We asked our Facebook followers about their first jobs and whether those jobs were minimum wage.
Virginia Castle’s first job was in Union City. She wrote, “First job. Age 12. Hoda and Sons printing in Union City. Um.. don't recall the pay but gave half to Mom.. always. Most interesting thing I learned.. keep the fingers OUT of the huge cutter. Imagine a paper cutter on steroids.. that's how big it was. AND. I learned how to make pads of paper. Clamp paper together..brush on glue, let dry. Simple.”
Brett Franklin’s first job was a little closer. Franklin wrote, “Lucky Foods on Diablo Road. They were union and starting pay was about a $1 above minimum. I think it was around $6.50-$6.75 to start in 1992.”
In 1955 the Federal minimum wage was $.75 an hour and has increased over the years to today’s rate of $7.25 an hour. Some states have a minimum wage different from the federal rate. The minimum wage for hourly workers in California is $8.00 an hour and workers in San Francisco and San Jose enjoy minimum wages over $10.00 an hour.
What was your first job? Was it minimum wage job? Tell us in comments.