Tag Archives: wages

(1143) Citizen psychology


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
metronews.ca
Ontario to consider boosting minimum wage to $15, increasing paid sick days.
cbc.ca/news
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
theguardian.com
image: duncan c via Flickr/CC

(1137) Food service discouragement

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
tvo.org
image: Thomas Hawk via Flickr/CC

(1128) Discount grocery pay


Discount grocery stores exemplify the struggle to get by – on both sides of the cash register.

We should be paid a living wage’. Discount grocery store workers speak out against management, unions.  Food Basics say company and unions are not fighting enough for their rights
cbc.ca/news

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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(1114) Call for wage gap transparency


Transparency legislation is the recommended tool for clarifying, and then presumably doing something about, the gap in incomes between men and women in Ontario.  Looking quickly through social media and the mass media there appears to always be lots of dumb commentary denying the entire idea of a pay gap by gender.
Yes, there’s plenty to consider in regard to who gets what in the economy and why they get it.  Factor in race and things become even more complex.  Complexity, however, should not mean ‘impossible to comprehend fairly’.   The incentive is a common sense one: when women do well in the workforce everybody benefits, children, partners, other women, pets, and yup, even the men.
Ontario urged to tackle gender pay gap with transparency law. Gap between men and women’s pay has barely narrowed in three decades, advocates say
thestar.com
Who is minding the gap? New data show the split in annual earnings between men and women persists in Canada, Tavia Grant reports. If the trend isn’t addressed, long-term drawbacks for our economy will be unavoidable
theglobeandmail.com
Equal pay day: a wage gap fact check. How would someone go about finding the true wage gap numbers across gender and race groups in the US? Mona Chalabi investigates on Equal Pay Day
theguardian.com
These are reasons why we need Equal Pay Day
refinery29.com

(1113) Living wage Ontario: treat your staff well


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.

‘Treat your staff right’: pay employees a living wage, new business alliance says
ctvnews.ca
with 2 videos
Better Way Alliance
Ontario Living Wage Network

(1064) Productive Canadians need a raise [CSLS report]

csls-report-cover
Merit is supposed to be one of the anchor concepts of modern economics.  A good product, for example, merits sales, a smart lawyer merits his fees, and so on.  Why aren’t we productive Canadians getting a nicer hit on payday, then?  Our productivity is up but the Centre for the Study of Living Standards finds that we aren’t really being rewarded for that.  Wages have risen more slowly over time than our productivity.  Have we changed our tune on merit?
Labour productivity and the distribution of real earnings in Canada, 1976-2014 (45-page .pdf file)
csls.ca