Published: Thursday, March 7, 2013, 8:55 p.m.
Updated: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Professor Donald J. Boudreaux raises some interesting numbers about the minimum wage in his column “Minimum questions about minimum wage” (Feb. 28 and TribLIVE.com). I have no doubt his numbers are correct; however, I have a personal take on this, as I started working for the minimum wage in 1963, cleaning offices.
After holding a number of jobs and finishing trade school in 1969, I began work as an entry-level electronics tech, a skill position. The master repairman at that time made $3.08 an hour, plus benefits. The minimum wage was $1.30 an hour. Run the numbers. Minimum age was 42 percent of a “living/skill” wage.
I retired as a carpenter (union member) and my wage at that time was approximately $24 an hour. At the same 42-percent proportion as in 1969, this works out to $10.08 for minimum wage. Draw your own conclusions. In 1969, we were a world leader and were not competing in a global market.
Kenneth J. Murdy
- Another form of tyranny
- A-R school security
- More for transportation
- Slap in teachers’ faces
- Top pick: Class act
- Email yes, guns no
- HEALTHY support
- Heresy II
- Consider Jefferson II
- Should be recognized
- Wrong on boxing
You must be signed in to add comments
To comment, click the Sign in or sign up at the very top of this page.
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.