Law-makers and workers are focusing more and more on the minimum wage. Patch used information provided by the United States Census Bureau to show how many households in Pleasanton are earning $25,000 or less. Fast food workers from across the country are asking for higher wages according to the Christian Science Monitor.
We asked our Facebook followers about their first jobs and whether those jobs were minimum wage.
Gina Marie Correia wrote, “My first job was at a fabric store. I made $4.25 an hour... but gas was under $1 an hour back then in 1988!’
Elizabeth Hallahan had a job that is almost non-existent in this day of digitized music. Hallahan wrote,” Not counting babysitting, mine was back on Long Island, in 1980. I did assembly and soldering work for Pickering & Company (we made phonograph needle cartridges) and made $3.10 an hour to start.”
In 1955 the Federal minimum wage was $.75 an hour and has increased over the years to today’s rate of $7.25 an hour. Some states have a minimum wage different from the federal rate. The minimum wage for hourly workers in California is $8.00 an hour and workers in San Francisco and San Jose enjoy minimum wages over $10.00 an hour.
What was your first job? Was it minimum wage job? Tell us in comments.