minimum wage

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Jul 18, 2014
A minimum wage job pays roughly the same now as it did in 1975, according to a study by Statistics Canada.     The average minimum wage in Canada in 2013 was $10.14 an hour while the 1975 minimum wage, expressed in today’s dollars, averaged out to $10.13.  That's a pathetic penny an hour increase...
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Sep 12, 2017
Unions in Nova Scotia are asking to be included in a legal review of a bill that restricts wage increases for public servants and, they say, infringes on their constitutional rights to collectively bargain. On Sept. 6, CUPE Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU...
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Aug 4, 2017
Beth Bedore wants to own a pair of shoes without holes. If she earned more money, that's one of the first things she would buy. Bedore relies on her bicycle or public transit for transportation in Belleville, Ontario. Unsuitable footwear can be harmful for her health. But right now, she can't...
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Aug 3, 2017
This article appeared in the CCPA Monitor July/August 2017 In a game-changing move, the Ontario government will raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by January 1, 2019, increasing first to $14/hour on January 1, 2018 under a phased-in plan. About a third of workers in Ontario earn less than $15 an...
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Jan 17, 2017
Up until now, the concept of Basic Income (BI) has enjoyed a greater history of being proposed than of being implemented. We may well be approaching a period, however, when this changes. The Ontario Government is holding consultations on setting up a BI pilot project. The Legislature in another...
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Oct 14, 2016
CBC reported that Cineplex raised its ticket prices on Oct. 1. The hike on admission is between $0.22 and $0.51. The public broadcaster mindlessly repeated the corporation's talking points: nearly 90 per cent of their employees make minimum wage. They quoted one worker in the short story, Sarah Van...
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Aug 26, 2016
After our members returned to work, but while I was still on staycation, I attended a community event organized by labour activists in Peel Region. It was a beautifully planned event, with music and food and lots of opportunities for participation. In Ontario, the Fight for $15 & Fairness is...
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Apr 28, 2016
Ontario service organization Community Living Algoma officially ended its sheltered workshop program in September. The Sault Ste. Marie group, headed by executive director John Policicchio, began operating the program in the 1960s.  "By the early 1990s there was somewhere close to 130 people who...
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Apr 28, 2016
Workers across Canada fighting for better job conditions take to the streets today for the annual Fight for $15 and Fairness day of action. rabble labour reporter Teuila Fuatai speaks to those at the heart of the campaign.   Acsana Fernando, 35, Group home worker, Scarborough, Ontario Life in...
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Apr 11, 2016
"Outdated" employment legislation permitting employers to pay disabled workers below minimum wage in Alberta is set to be reviewed, the NDP government says. The law, which states an employer is eligible to apply for a permit from the government nullifying minimum wage standards for disabled workers...
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