Meat­head Movers hopes to pro­vide an at­trac­tive work en­vi­ron­ment for em­ploy­ees fac­ing high housing costs.

The Tribune (SLO) - - Front Page - BY NICK WIL­SON nwil­[email protected]­bune­

The San Luis Obispo-based mov­ing com­pany, Meat­head Movers, has in­creased its start­ing pay to $15 in an ef­fort to pro­vide an at­trac­tive, sup­port­ive work en­vi­ron­ment for em­ployes fac­ing high housing costs and tight bud­gets.

CEO Aaron Steed told The Tribune the raise im­ple­mented two weeks ago will help at­tract and re­tain em­ploy­ees.

Start­ing pay at the com­pany was $12 per hour. Each ex­ist­ing em­ployee also will get a $3-per-hour raise, no mat­ter their cur­rent com­pen­sa­tion rate.

The in­creases, the high­est in the com­pany’s 22year his­tory, af­fects all la­bor em­ploy­ees com­pany-wide at its five branches in Santa Ana, Ox­nard, San Luis Obispo, Bak­ers­field and Fresno.

Last month, the com­pany an­nounced it’s hir­ing 200 new em­ploy­ees, in­clud­ing 50 in SLO.

Striv­ing to em­ploy stu­dent ath­letes work­ing their way through col­lege, Meat­head Movers has 700 em­ploy­ees com­pa­ny­wide, in­clud­ing about 120 in San Luis Obispo. That to­tal will in­crease to about 900, ac­cord­ing to com­pany plans.

“We felt that we could solve a lot of prob­lems if we raised wages,” Steed said. “Hav­ing been a stu­dent ath­lete my­self, I know and un­der­stand the strug­gles of sup­port­ing your­self while go­ing to

school and play­ing a sport.”

Steed, a for­mer Cuesta Col­lege wrestler, said many work­ers take on two jobs to make ends meet, in­clud­ing night jobs such as at restau­rants and bars, in ad­di­tion to their Meat­head Mover po­si­tions, to deal with the high cost of liv­ing — es­pe­cially in SLO.

He hopes the pay in­crease will re­duce their work­load to one job.

“Work­ing late shifts was af­fect­ing their sleep and causes a lot of stress,” Steed said. “We feel like if our em­ploy­ees are well taken care of it will af­fect how they’ll in­ter­act with our com­pany and how they treat cus­tomers.”

The changes come as the com­pany en­ters its busiest mov­ing sea­son, it said in a news re­lease, and the pay hike along with tip po­ten­tial for em­ploy­ees will help at­tract ap­pli­cants.

Steed said the in­crease will also help the com­pany smoothly tran­si­tion as state laws change over the next few years.

In 2016, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that will in­crease the state min­i­mum wage to $15 per hour by 2022.

Steed said that in or­der to in­crease wages in the com­pany by $3 per hour, Meat­head Movers will in­crease its ex­penses by about 7 per­cent. Cus­tomers also will pay an ex­tra 3 to 4 per­cent for la­bor costs, mean­ing a typ­i­cal move of $1,000 will now cost $1,030 or $1,040.

To learn­ing more about avail­able jobs with the com­pany and hir­ing, go to the fol­low­ing web link: www.meat­head­movers. com/about-us/po­si­tions/.

Nick Wil­son: 805-781-7922, @Nick­Wil­sonTrib

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Meat­head Movers has in­creased its min­i­mum wage from $12 to $15 and it’s hir­ing 200 new em­ploy­ees.

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Meat­head Movers is in­creas­ing its wages by $3 and hir­ing 200 new em­ploy­ees across its five branches.

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