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Sun Mar 17, 2013, 10:38 AM

15. are all jobs worth $22/hour to the employer?

How much are you willing to pay the person bagging your groceries if you paid them directly rather than as a portion what you pay for each product?

I'd guess my grocery store would stop hiring baggers and many other positions. They'd start hiring only CPAs, repairmen, vendor/supplier managers, inventory managers, etc. Then teach those people to stock shelves, be cashiers & baggers, etc. Everyone would have their "main job", and go out on the floor when there are customers to take care of.

I can see big chains splitting up their corporate offices around stores or to offices in the same strip mall as their store and have everyone work 5-10 hours a week for the store and 30-35 doing their corporate function (IT, marketing, purchasing, etc.) They'd be making over $22/hour, but people without the corporate skills would not be able to get a job.

There'd likely be a lot of other changes too. A lot more self-checkout. A lot more delivery men/women stocking shelves rather than unloading to the storeroom in the back (that happens with bread everywhere I know and with lots of products at wal-mart). And Amazon will start selling even more since they can fill orders with fully-automated warehouses that don't have people who's wages will go up.

Maybe I'm wrong and stores would just eat the cost or raise prices. But I'd bet there will be A LOT fewer unskilled jobs available.

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