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 San Ramon 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.
Mary Lindemuth Arulanantham wrote, “I started babysitting at 11 and cleaned houses and worked at dinner parties in Rossmoor all through high school . Worked below minimum wage, but didn't pay taxes either. All my minimum wage jobs (shipping dept at Capwell's, selling shoes at Ghirardelli Square) were just the means to an end (something to put on a resume) and I was not treated with much respect.”
Sue Bond Wild wrote, “Foster Freeze in Danville (1973), and I believe it was $1.63 per hour which I was thrilled about because it was over triple what I could make babysitting!”
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.