Ha! Excellent news after a rather dark week. Canadian clothier Simons is introducing a minimum wage of sixteen dollars an hour. Are we psychic predicting they will attract more customers with happier employees who give better service because the people they work for actually give a hoot about them? We know where we will be buying our new clothing in the coming years.
Why precarious work threatens the health of Millennials.
New job reality increases risks of physical, mental illness
Downtown Toronto becoming like ‘Downton Abbey’ as service workers get pushed farther from the core
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Hey, wouldn’t it be cool if paying people properly became the new, trendy, totally ‘in’ thing to do? High time.
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Whatever your reaction to Doug Ford’s personality and speaking style he is probably best understood to be an advocate of neoliberalism. Perhaps he’s for a tad more vigorous regime of that than Kathleen Wynn has been during her tenure. Either way, a political change is imminent in Canada’s largest province and like voters all over the west for decades now we are confronted with a picked over buffet of options and must choose the least ptomaine-inducing one.
Remember to vote, friends and folks. Above all, remember your interests.
Battle lines drawn over wages, jobs. Low-wage work force has seen ranks grow rapidly, but parties differ over how to deal with it
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Uber and Lyft drivers’ median hourly wage is just $3.37, report finds. Majority of drivers make less than minimum wage and many end up losing money, according to study published by MIT
The precarity problem
Not surprising that a truly inescapable structural feature of the sprawl around us is now closely and directly associated with what this blog has been on about, and in a very public way. In all their brown brick glory Tim Hortons outlets are usually located with predictability, outside the malls anyway. Timmy H’s are most often found at a major intersection with commercial/industrial zoning nearby and a twelve pump gas station out front. Cars are everywhere, six for every last Dutchie it would seem. Lined up around the building and into the street sometimes, idling as their owners anticipate a hit of caffeine and sugar from the little sliding bay windows at the side. With lots of parking and cars grinding or flying by depending on the time of day we have never found these outlets pedestrian or bike friendly. They can be a challenge in a car.
There’s hostility inside the doors, too. The product is popular enough but we mean all the people working hard for too little money day and night. Like other corporate employers Tim’s has gotten riled up at having to pay living wages this month. Pathologically selfish franchisees and the rationalizers at corporate office are now stuck with the label of tip stealer, benefits gouger and paid break abolisher. How’s that for some great publicity? This pooh-sandwich is slick corporate talent in action?
A few pennies passed on to the customer would have avoided shareholder nightmare ka-ka like this: #boycottTimHortons
Timmy Ho’s you rock!
The combined weight of research, history, and economic expertise shows that giving low-wage workers a raise is a net positive
Tim Hortons controversy shows Canadians are ‘addicted to a low-wage economy,’ says author
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