Denny’s Daily Zinger: IKEA Ups Minimum Wage. Up Yours.

Ikea's Ingvar Kamprad just linked minimum worker wages at Ikea to a living-wage calculator.

In New Jersey the other week, a full tank of gas cost me $53.00.
This was $13.00 more than my weekly salary as an NBC page in 1956.

My second job at Prentice-Hall in 1960 was writing press releases for $60.00 a week.

My third job, publicity director at Franklin Watts Publishing Co., paid $90.00 a week.

Frank Watts used to say, “I want all my employees to feel overworked and underpaid.”

We did.

As long-time readers know, I had nine jobs in my first 12 years in business and was fired from five of them.

I loved working like hell, but always felt exploited.

I never made a decent living until I went on my own as a freelancer at age 41.

Ikea To Raise Minimum Wage For U.S. Workers With Tie To Living Wage Calculator

This was a Huffington Post headline last Thursday morning.

Hooray for Ingvar Kamprad—Ikea’s founder.

The U.S. is a Third World country.

Ride Amtrak from Philly to New York and the trackbed will shake out your back teeth. Same thing with the streets of Philly.

Pennsylvania is ranked No. 1 as the state with the most dangerous bridges—5,543 or 24.5 percent—average age 54 years.

If American infrastructure, health care and education were world-class, I’d happily pay sky-high taxes, just like Ingvar Kamprad and his Swedish compatriots.

Thank you Ingvar Kamprad for giving Americans back our dignity.

Takeaway to Consider

  • IKEA Ups Minimum Wage. Up Yours.
  • All U.S. politicians suck.

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  • Reg

    CPI Calculator: $60.00 in 1960 = $478.36 in 2014 or $24874.72. Not good, but $60 a week sounds so much more dramatic! In 1934, my mother ordered a Baked Alaska for dessert, $5, not too dramatic, until you uncover the buying power in today’s dollars, $88.06. No wonder my father fell of his chair! Another, perhaps you’ll remember from the 40’s on the ole radio: (Singing) “Pepsi Cola hits the spot, 12 full ounces that’s a lot, twice as much for a nickel, too, Pepsi Cola’s the drink for you.” Now that 5¢ would be 84¢, 16.86 times bigger. Figures don’t lie, but liars… (Nooooo, Denny, you’re not a liar.)

  • compatriot

    Yup on infrastructure. Penny wise, pound foolish.