"I am Laffy and I am an Ikea -oholic."
Recently, Mr. Laffy and I spent 2 afternoons assembling four Ikea cabinets. They turned out beautiful, and are functional and less expensive than buying them from some fancy schmancy furniture store. We've shopped at Ikea for decades, buying everything from kitchen supplies to indoor and outdoor furniture to unique decor items. They have really cool stuff. We have, however, avoided their meatballs, but that's another story for another time.
Now we have even more reason to support Ikea. They're into making their employees and customers "happier," as well as creating a positive "shopping experience." How? By raising their minimum hourly wage to $10.76, which is 66 cents more than President Obama was shooting for. Works for us.
As we speak, the federal minimum wage is still $7.25 an hour and hasn't changed since 2009. Personally, I'd like to see wages kicked up to at least $15 an hour, but what do I know? I'm just a dumb lefty socialist Marxist commie who wants to see our country fail and our first black president become the Dictator O' the Whole Wide World.
Ikea US will boost the average minimum hourly wage across its 38 retail locations to $10.76 beginning Jan. 1, 2015. That's a 17% bump from its current $9.17-an-hour starting wage, and $3.51 above the federal minimum.
"The happier the co-worker, the happier the customer and the better the overall shopping experience," said Ikea's acting U.S. president, Rob Olson. "We wanted to be less concerned about the competition and more concerned about offering our co-workers a better everyday life." [...]
[H]igher wages would also likely spur more spending by workers, potentially giving businesses more revenues to pay their staffs.
What? Someone who disagrees with the GOP, yet is busting his rumpa to comply with the the United States Declaration of Independence's "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness"? What does he think he is... a patriot?
Here's what the National Retail Federation said about the proposal: It's "an anti-job tax." That is SO Republican Tightwad Corporatists ago, NRF. Grow up.
In fact, take a gander at the Gap stores, naysayers. They're raising their minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2015, which would affect 65,000 of its 90,000 employees in the U.S.
Gaaaaaa! Hide the kids! Better yet, hide your wallets! Prices will SKYROCKET! Jobs will be slashed!! We're all gonna DIE!!
Since the announcement, the San Francisco company said, job applications for positions at its namesake brand and its lower-priced Old Navy label saw a double-digit increase from the same period a year earlier. Interest from job seekers also swelled at Gap's Banana Republic and Athleta stores.
So how is Ikea's top guy responding to all the panic? Well, for one, he says Ikea will keep on keeping on with even lower prices to attract even more shoppers. Because, see, shoppers really really like cheaper stuff. File that under "Duh."
Plus, says he, paying his employees more will lead to more and better job applicants, less employee turnover, and better customer service. Why? Because workers will stay put at their Ikea jobs longer and feel even more loyalty.
Finally, he said, "Even though the margins might be lower, the bottom line ends up doing better."
And that, GOP, is the
Swedish American way! Here's too many more slutspurts, Mr. Olson. *clink!*