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
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If you are living and working in Durham we hope you are doing better than Ontario’s minimum wage ($11.40 per hour).
Living wage for Durham region pegged at $17 an hour. Family of four in Durham needs an annual employment income of $67, 261 to have a decent quality of life
See also: (317) Durham Region
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!
CBC Metro Morning (6:20)
See also: (965) Pearson workers look for better
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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)
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.
Doomsayers keep getting it wrong on higher minimum wages
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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.
Calculating the living wage for Niagara Region 2016
livingwagecanada.ca – (10-age .pdf file)
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“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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