Better wages for service industry employment in Arizona didn’t lead to economic disaster. Quite the opposite. Hiring for that sector has moved ahead of every other.
Employment at Arizona restaurants, bars surges after minimum wage increases
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A business of any size should be able to realize a benefit in worker behaviour and community image by paying a little more than minimum wage. That’s the simple (and lovely) idea behind the living wage movement, represented in Ontario by a non-profit advocacy group or two and, it would seem, a small-but-growing number of employers. This can only be a good thing.
No, the beer isn’t free yet, but for Canadians, it’s only fitting that a brewery is among the early adopters of living wages! Now to get the big players in every sector doing this. If someone works forty hours a week and is still in poverty something is wrong.
Elements of the movement for a fifteen dollar per hour minimum wage that started up south of the border in the fast food industry seems to have arrived at Canada’s biggest, busiest, richest airport. And so it should!
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In order to live at a reasonable level of health and happiness $16.50 is considered the real minimum wage for Guelph and area.
Embracing the living wage
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Numbers from Seattle, WA indicate city economy did not suffer a spike in unemployment because of an increase to the minimum wage there.
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Minimum wage brought us this far. A wonderful concept in its day it has now begun to show the effects of time. You can’t live on it. This is why we need to look for a progressive replacement, a living wage.
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