I'm surprised the hike to a $15 minimum wage being debated in the US Congress is so controversial.
When I was in high school in 1972 I worked at McDonald's for $3.25/hour. In 2021 dollars that's $21/hour.
$15 is the LEAST we should do.
@leo In the mid 80s when I got a high school job at a shoe store the minimum wage was 3.35. Another great illustration about hos fucked up this is. It went up 12 cents in 12 years.
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@Ricardus @leo also worth pointing out that a 1972 Ford Mustang's MSRP was $2,729 (via https://www.hagerty.com/apps/valuationtools/1972-ford-mustang) so that minimum wage job would pay for a brand new car in about 840 hours of work, or slightly under six months full-time.
six months of full-time minimum wage work today won't even amass a decent down payment for a new Mustang.
@leo The issue isn’t the amount so much as it being a Federal mandate. $15 in CA or NY is completely different than OK or KS. States should decide.
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