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

July 2, 2014
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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.
Denny Hatch's new book is "Write Everything Right!" Chip Fichtner writes, "Denny: Almost through it. Great as always. Question: With any good book, I like to buy a dozen and give to friends and employees. Should I buy direct through you or from Amazon?" Click here to download (opens as a PDF) and read the first three chapters FREE. The title is also available on Kindle. Reach him at dennyhatch@yahoo.com.
 

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