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Az minimum wage increasing to $8.05

Arizona's lowest paid workers will see another nickel and dime added to their hourly wages, as the state's minimum wage will increase from $7.90 to $8.05 per hour on Jan. 1, 2015.

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Dec 28, 2014, 11:10 am
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All the courtesy clerks at Fry’s are paid the absolute bottom minimum wage and don’t get any other increases as long as they are in those nobs…many of these people have families and wouldn’t get by were it not for Medicaid and SNAP and even then they live in poverty

Dec 28, 2014, 11:11 am
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I am sure the teaparty trolls will be out in first attacking the minimum wage…would love to see them try and exist for a week let alone a year

Dec 29, 2014, 3:51 pm
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@Cactus Dave

The folks at Fry’s have a system. They’re union. The good union jobs hire exclusively from the pool of baggers, or courtesy clerks. Some are hired after their first day as a bagger if they impress enough, some stay bagging for years. I’m sure it is a bit of a political game, sure. But you get that anywhere.

There was a time where I would bag some groceries for a few weeks if I knew it would mean a good union job at the other end of it.

Dec 29, 2014, 4:00 pm
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Bret that is more Arizona BS….that is not true in other states. The folks at Frys (Kroger) indeed have a system..they screw over their employees whenever they spot an opportunity. And screwing over people who work their butts off is wrong..and these are the people who customers deal with day in and day out…

Dec 29, 2014, 4:48 pm
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@Cactus Dave

I don’t necessarily disagree with you. Having never worked at Fry’s myself, I can’t speak intelligently about the working conditions there. However, at some point the worker has to understand that the door isn’t locked from the outside at these places. If you don’t like how you’re being treated at an employer you use your off hours to pound the pavement and find something better.

I was miserable at Pima College, I was being treated like shit, but rather than just sit there and take it I did something about it. I looked for another job, found another job, and will be celebrating my fifth anniversary at said job next month. I have no regrets whatsoever about making the change, and I’m a far happier man for it. I’m not a special case. I don’t have super powers or anything like that. Anyone can do what I did.

At any job, whatever the pay, if how you see you and how the boss(es) see you are just too far apart then you are at the wrong place and it is up to you to get yourself out of that situation. This especially includes the financial value for your services.

I’ll quote Randal from my all-time favorite movie, Clerks:

“There are other jobs, and they pay better money. You’re bound to be qualified for at least one of them. So what’s stopping you?”

I am in no way excusing employers who underpay or otherwise mistreat their employees. I think such employers are scum and should be put out of business. However, as in any abusive relationship, after a certain amount of time eventually the responsibility for the situation has to lie at the feet of the person choosing to stay in it.

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