Ikea raises hourly pay for US retail workers

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  • RBB Sandy, UT
    June 29, 2014 11:00 a.m.

    The important thing to understand is that pay should be tied to the job being done and experience of the worker. The current minimum wage is too low for a person with some experience, but may be adequate for a teenager who is trying to learn basic job skills. I was actually surprised by how low IKEA's pay was. Last time I was in IKEA none of the workers appeared to be teenagers. Most appeared to be mid-twenties and likely had some experience in the job market. Even with the raise - an average associate pay of $10.46 for workers with experience is pretty lame.

    With respect to the discussion of American history - actually one of the major reasons for discontent was that the British were interfering with the ability of the colonist to manufacture their own goods to force them to by manufactured goods from Britain. Prior to the days of mega-cargo ships, this meant that manufactured goods were very expensive.

  • intervention slc, UT
    June 27, 2014 11:30 a.m.

    @lost in DC
    your argument maybe more credible if you actually stuck to the subject of the story.. As you, yourself point out this is a Swedish company not a Chinese or Indian company. Secondly the subject of the article is wages not air pollution, US companies that pay their workers poorly cost all of us. The fact that you would know how to spell the insult really does not help your credibility by the way.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    June 27, 2014 10:47 a.m.

    thanks for the dis
    you mean US factories that abide by EPA regulations are more destructive than chinese or indian factories that pollute without care? really?? besides - it's MAIR-KA! learn how to spell your insults correctly.

    Howard Beal
    you show your own ignorance - there was no (or little) American manufacturing at the time, so there was no option other than french or british. you could say "british' was domestic production at the time, as they were technically british citizens, and they DID buy mainly british goods, since the british crown was at war with france most of the time and french goods were not readily available (legally).

    thank you for the opportunity to educate you.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    June 26, 2014 10:55 p.m.

    Buying American is the biggest myth of Americana. I mean, our colonists didn't want to buy British. They wanted those fancy French shirts and the Spanish Rum. This is the true tradition of America, buy the best quality product at the lowest cost possible.

  • Kally Salt Lake City, UT
    June 26, 2014 9:31 p.m.

    @lost in dc
    yes blindly buying american no matter how destructive their practices are is the true Patriotism, MARICA!

  • Hamath Omaha, NE
    June 26, 2014 6:53 p.m.

    @ Spangs,

    I agree.
    Also so much smarter to tie it to cost of living in the city instead of the "one size fits all".

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    June 26, 2014 1:39 p.m.

    patriotism to buy swedish made furniture?

    I thought it would be to buy domestically produced goods.

    welcome back - we've missed you

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    June 26, 2014 12:29 p.m.

    The best form of Patriotism, is the well-paid worker.

    Not the CEO that makes 430 times his employee.

  • Spangs Salt Lake City, UT
    June 26, 2014 8:54 a.m.

    In all honesty, I will be much more inclined and happy to shop at Ikea knowing that they value their employees enough to pay them better. It is also for this reason that I shop at Costco and not and Sam's Club.