Career Calling

March 7, 2013

Three Cheers for Costco

Filed under: Commentary — claycerny @ 4:51 am
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Not all CEOs want to beat down wages.  Craig Jelinek of Costco declared that the minimum wages should be $10.10 an hour.  His company has a history of paying its workers fairly, unlike its primary competitor, Sam’s Club (Walmart).  Costco’s starting wage is $11.50 per hour.

I think it’s great that an executive of a leading company has joined this debate.  However, people need to vote – with their feet.  If Costco supports working people, they need to repay that support and stop shopping at places that do not pay decent wages or treat works poorly.  Consumers can change corporate behaviors if they stop spending their money at companies that want to take more and more from employees.  A good way to start would be to shop at Costco.

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