George Mugianis is the owner of Luxury Loud, a small marijuana dispensary in Detroit, who said that offering a livable wage is the bare minimum he can do for his employees.
“We are not offering a hiring bonus, what we always talk about is quality of life,” said Mugianis. “We expect people to take vacations, we expect people to not be concerned about their healthcare, we expect people to be able to take sick days.”
Mugianis starts all his employees at $16 per hour, then moves them to a salary after their first 90 days. Mugianis said that thanks to this method and his quality-of-life philosophy, he has only lost three employees since he first opened his store. “I will never talk about what kind of car I drive to work; I want to see what kind of car my people who work for me drive to work,” said Mugianis.
Mugianis said his goal is to make money off his customers, not his employees. He said that underpaying workers and not allowing them to get overtime creates abject poverty, and he wants to see his employees be able to give back one day if they choose to do so.
The labor shortage has been a continuous conversation among employees and employers alike.