Why don’t big biz bosses look on paying living wages as one of the challenges of being in business? You know, instead of something to carp about. Why can’t our corporate commanders set living wages as a high level objective, apply the needed thought, creativity and resources and, well, just do it? Or, is it that they just don’t like the idea of living wages to begin with?
Galen Weston knows paying a living wage is bad for capitalism. A full-time minimum wage worker takes home $25,877. In Toronto where rent averages $2,000 a month, that means living in poverty
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Australia’s minimum wage has risen by an amount just ahead of inflation and so is now $18.29 per hour. Living wage territory, just about.
One hundred Australian dollars is worth one hundred Canadian dollars and six cents, by way of comparison. This feature discusses the increase from several angles, most of which will be familiar to Canadians.
Fraser Institute’s Calgary Herald op-ed used ‘BS’ data to attack raising the minimum wage
German minimum wage – not just the money
Where has this crew been all these austere years? Dozens of Canadian academic economists and experts sign an open letter in support of Ontario plan to increase minimum wage to fifteen dollars per hour in 2019.
Maybe a basic income will be up next for Ontario? Either way, nice reading compared to the likes of this from Missouri:
Missouri set to reduce St. Louis minimum wage from $10 to $7.70
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If we have any interest in ending poverty here then a recent increase to the minimum wage is a good thing.
For low income workers, Ontario’s minimum wage hike is life changing
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If the poor are less likely to vote then they won’t do much to advocate for themselves in the form of activism, letter writing or calling elected representatives either, will they?
In Ontario there is an opportunity to lift up the status of the working poor. This is a moment when a push from the electorate could make a difference.
Advocates: Ontario plan to overhaul labour laws, boost minimum wage step in the right direction. Labour advocates applaud sweeping labour reforms and Ontario’s plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, but say it needs to happen soon
UK-based academic research confirms what many have suspected for years; that low-income people have little faith in the system.
How poverty makes people less likely to vote. It is not surprising that so many of the poorest people choose not to vote. Theirs is not an act of apathy – for they are often intensely political – but of disgust
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You’d think to manage any kind of business you’d have to have some understanding of wage economics, no?
Our most elderly employee read this article with disgust yesterday. ”In the early eighties,” he hissed. ”Restarauteurs were carping and bitching exactly the same way about how ‘nobody wants to work, we can’t find anyone, our dishwasher quit.’ Nothing ever changes.”
When the conditions are so bad, it’s no wonder restaurant workers are skipping out on their job interviews.
OPINION: The hospitality industry is facing a new crisis: job candidate and employee no-shows. And before you ask: no, it isn’t just millennials
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A podcast with author Ellen Rupel Shell about the implications of low end retail.
The high cost of buying ‘cheap’
npr.org (2009 podcast 29:43)
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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.
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