“They just don’t have any other option”: why crappy wages are ruining the American dream — and costing taxpayers. Our low-wage economy isn’t just immoral. It’s inefficient and expensive, too, researcher David Cooper tells Salon
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Ontario is still a busy province that makes a lot of stuff. Drive along Highway 401 and you will see huge numbers of every type of truck carrying every kind of load you can possibly imagine. Yet, for working people things are different somehow. Having a job just isn’t what it was.
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Some of the most important things that support a civil society are best held at arms length from full-on capitalism. That’s where and how the non-profit sector has evolved and can play such a wonderful role when it comes to meeting human needs. In exchange for their privileges, though, that sector also needs to keep an eye on itself going forward…
A ‘decent’ proposal: not-for-profits should raise job standards, report says. The Change Report argues the not-for-profit industry can lead the way on fair pay and benefits and help end precarious work in Ontario thestar.com
Links to 48-page .pdf copy of report via mowatcentre.ca
Canada’s federal election and the American presidential election will overlap for a bit through the fall. We Canadians are not talking about an important issue. South of the border, they are talking about the wrong thing (you know, the thing with the hair). Wages and inequality need a little more talk time, please.
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Low-income workers see biggest drop in paychecks
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Mandatory living wage a success in first Canadian municipality to adopt the practice. The Vancouver suburb was the first municipality in Canada to introduce a living wage in 2011 and the city says it hasn’t seen any negative impacts
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Lifting the minimum wage reduces smoking, according to a new study. Isn’t that a small price to pay up front to reduce cases of one of the most common types of cancer on top of making the same workers better off?
Raising worker pay reduces smoking
What paying fast food workers a living wage would do to the price of a Big Mac. A new study explores what kind of sacrifice it would take to help some of the country’s lowest paid workers. The answer? Not much washingtonpost.com
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