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)
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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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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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