Island Naturals Implements $10 Per Hour Minimum Wages

As of July 2015 Island Naturals Markets has established a $10 per hour minimum wage for all employees.

Island Naturals

While most staff are already above $10/hour, some entry level employees got an unexpected raise in their paycheck this month as the company adopted the voluntary higher minimum wage standard.

Russell Ruderman, President of Island Naturals, who was recently awarded the State of Hawaii Small Business Administration, Businessperson of the Year, believes strongly in investing in his staff for motivational and retention purposes.

“In recent months we have seen some national companies raise their minimum wage voluntarily, and we want to be in the forefront of this movement locally.  But it’s also the right thing to do. Treating employees well, and paying them well, is good business!” said Ruderman.  “Island Naturals values our staff and strives to provide a good work environment, higher wages than local standards, and treats staff with respect.”

“While $10/hour is not a true living wage in Hawaii, this is a step in the right direction, as raising our minimum also results in higher wages for mid-level staff.  Doing so approaches a living wage for more and more workers. We are happy to share our success with our staff, and we all work together to make our company successful, said Ruderman.”

Island Naturals is the leading group of naturals food stores on the Big Island with three locations in Hilo, Pahoa and Kailua-Kona.  Island Naturals has more than 200 employees.

One Response

  1. “While $10/hour is not a true living wage in Hawaii, this is a step in the right direction, as raising our minimum also results in higher wages for mid-level staff. Doing so approaches a living wage for more and more workers. We are happy to share our success with our staff, and we all work together to make our company successful”…
    Russell, for all his valuable leadership contributions, is admitting that the dominant business model makes profits at the expense of the well being of the workers.
    This is called oppression; yes all the employees are making Russell a success, while their basic needs go unmet, since by his own words they are making less than a living wage. How many employees use EBT?
    How many use Quest? How are the workers meeting their unmet needs? I know of at least two in Pahoa who work at least 60 hours with two jobs.
    Here is my request Russell.
    Raise the minimum pay to a living wage.
    Russell, actually pay what people, your profit makers, are actually worth.
    You said it, Russell, their work is worth more to you than you are paying them.
    For the sake of discussion, say, $15.00/hour.
    This would be a great model for other businesses.
    Please respond Senator. Aloha. Share your success!

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