Sorry JP. I posted this stupid request before I realized
by Rob_Boyter - 2/12/14 9:11 PM
In Reply to: Re: link by JP Bill
the source of the "article". I figured it out very quickly once I'd read a few more posts in this thread.
I remember thinking at the time, that $7.25 was $2.00 short of a true minimum wage.
The current minimum should be between $12.oo for High School Students working part time, and $15.00 for people over 20 years of age, and who work more than 30 hours a week. Additionally the WalMart careful scheduling to keep the staff permanently on Part-Time wages should be illegal.
I worked briefly in Audio and Video sales. In order to get the real figures for sales per month for my commission I had to go through the invoices, photocopy them and submit them for my commission. I quit that job when my Manager decided he needed to pump himself up for the day's sales by raging at me about absolutely nothing (it was his usual pattern but the first tiime it was me he chose). I turned away from him in mid-harangue and picked up the phone and said. "Hi, Marilyn, Please get me the hell out of here." She said, "I think something is opening up next week, I'll call you the second I"m certain." 2 days later, I was working for her at St. Joseph's Health Centre, in 1985 for $15.65/hr part time covering weekends, statutory holidays and the summer relief for the regular tech (and 4 months full time to cover for him when he cut 3 fingers off one hand with a table saw). Marilyn knew me from my first job here in Toronto at Toronto General Hospital (now The Toronto Hospital) and was very happy to get someone dependable. I worked for her for 9 years before downsizing took away my job. I got another job at the Hospital in 10 months, this time almost invariably full time, though it was labelled Part Time so that if the work load declined one day in 3 weeks they could dump one or two of us.
So, you think $15.65 in 1985 is a little bit rich for a part time Job?? Granted I'm not the average Part Time Employee. I knew as much or more than the Respiratory Technicians who actually handled the machines (ventilators) that the Respiratory Techs set up with tubing and generally monitored at the bedside. All I did as a Respiratory Equipment Tech was repair them, and check and reset their parameters to be sure that everything was operating as it was supposed to. The Respiratory Technicians made about $30 to $33 an hour.
Life is frequently upside down like that.
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