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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 03:10 PM

9. Wages are way out of whack from what they were in the 70's

My first job was minimum wage at $2.10/hr in a grocery store in 1976. At the time I remember seeing signs at construction sites looking for carpenters at $10/hr and bricklayers at $12/hr. I couldn't wait to learn how to be a bricklayer! Back then you could support a family on $10/hr.

So at that ratio, today carpenters should be making 5X minimum wage but they are not. I don't have any answers I am just saying that minimum wage should not be so close to that of skilled labor. I wish carpenters could make $30-$40 an hour but for whatever reason, illegal immigrants, etc. it is not happening. That used to be a great profession but it has disappeared as a way to make a living (in general).

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