Minimum Wage

What Happened When I Came Face-To-Face With My Own Privilege

So many chances were handed to me that there’s no way I could look life in the eye and act like all this fruit came from my own labor.<p>I saw an old friend the other night. Not a “friend” in the soul-baring, coming of age together kind of way, but rather “friend” as in a person I spent quite a bit of …

Middle-class

Polarization around new minimum wage

https://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/7464891-the-spectator-s-view-polarization-around-new-minimum-wage/<p>Experts say a higher minimum wage is good for …

Canadian News

Last day of consultations on Ontario labour reforms, minimum wage increase

Unions and advocacy groups are getting one last chance to weigh in on the Ontario government’s bid to make sweeping changes to the province’s labour …

The Great Minimum Wage Debate

The minimum wage is way too low in most places, but a bit too high in a few<p>On July 1, millions of workers across the country got a raise. The states of Oregon and Maryland, as well as a number of cities and counties in Illinois, Arizona, and California raised their minimum wages. Yet these new …

Social Justice

Ontario businesses eye fleeing over minimum wage hike

TORONTO -<p>One-third of small and medium Ontario businesses are considering selling, moving to the U.S. or closing shop in response to provincial …

Canadian News

Ontario's minimum wage hike too much for auto parts manufacturers, industry group says

'We will not be able to replace work which is leaving, resulting in layoffs and job losses for employees'<p>Automotive parts manufacturers are sounding …

Automotive Industry

Women, recent immigrants to see big benefits from minimum wage increase

Toronto’s women and recent immigrants will see big benefits from the proposed minimum-wage hike to $15 an hour, according to the Canadian Centre for …

Canadian News

Ontario businesses want corporate tax cut to offset $15 minimum wage

Ontario Chamber of Commerce is asking Wynne government to cut business taxes, CBC News has learned<p>Ontario business groups are now asking the …

Small Business

Nearly one in five UK apprentices is illegally underpaid

Employers in Britain are illegally underpaying a significant number of young people for apprenticeships and internships, two large surveys have …

Minimum Wage and Job Loss: One Alarming Seattle Study Is Not the Last Word

Seattle was the first city in the United States to raise the minimum wage substantially, so a University of Washington study released last month showing big job losses has received a lot of attention, and prompted many an I-told-you-so.<p>The job losses in the study were far greater than in a control …

Social Justice

Shrewd businesses support $15 minimum wage and decent work: Opinion

There is a growing body of research informing us that a business strategy focused on stably employed, better paid workers is good for business and …

Social Justice

Reflections on writing about welfare

Earlier this week I made my first foray into writing for Coffee House about the interactions between the tax and welfare systems in the UK. Engaging with some of the respondents on Twitter and in the comments section gave me cause to reflect.<p>First, language matters. At one point, I highlighted that …

Public Sector

Reader Letter: A minimum wage hike isn't what Ontario workers need

I want to believe our government’s plan to increase the minimum wage from $11.40 to $15 in a phased manner to create better jobs and fair workplaces …

Social Justice

A solution to America’s confusion about tipping

The wait staff in the state of Maine last month successfully fought to reverse a 2016 referendum raising their minimum wage from $3.75 to $12 by …

The simple change that would make life fairer for mothers

It is still the prevailing view in Australia that child care is a woman's responsibility. We have the baby, take maternity leave, and if we go back …

Gender

Ontario's Minimum Wage Increase May Actually Hurt The Poor

The Ontario Government recently announced that it was preparing legislation to increase the minimum wage in Ontario from its current level of $11.40 …

Canadian News

Why my ‘gig economy’ review favours gradual change over quick fixes

My report has been misunderstood by some. It advocates opening up new possibilities that could offer significant benefits for workers and unions<p>• Matthew Taylor led the Review of Employment Practices in the Modern Economy<p>In the city of Gotha, 142 years ago, the German Social Democratic party …

Gig Economy

Jeremy Corbyn Schools Theresa May Over Labour Being The Party Of The Minimum Wage

Uh-oh, that wasn't a good move.<p>Theresa May was ridiculed by Jeremy Corbyn in Prime Minister’s Question Time as she forgot that Labour introduced the national minimum wage – and she voted against it.<p>The Prime Minister was on the defensive as the Labour leader hammered home calls for an end to the 1% …

Referendums

Pay row threatens overnight care for vulnerable

<b>Vulnerable people with learning difficulties could lose overnight supervision, disability charity Mencap warns.</b><p>The HMRC has ruled carers sleeping overnight to provide safety and reassurance should be be paid the national minimum wage for all hours.<p>Mencap says the total bill for back pay - due by …

Fight for $15

Small Firms Association criticises minimum wage rise

The Small Firms Association has said most of its members plan to give pay rises this year based on their ability to do so, after the Government …

News (Ireland)

Wishy-washy and full of fluff – the Taylor review offers little

Workers will see few benefits, thanks to the review’s lack of substance and outright errors. And one of the proposals is potentially disastrous<p>• Jason Moyer-Lee is general secretary of the IWGB union<p>Last week the Taylor review of modern employment practices released its findings to great fanfare. …

Gig Economy

Are Fast Food Wage Increases and Schedule Security Laws Worth the Penalty to Restaurant Owners?

These changes are well-intended, but they have unintended consequences.<p>New York recently became the third and largest city in the United States to enact legislation that helps ensure schedule security for fast-food workers in the area. One of the key components of the new law is that fast-food …

Restaurants

Impact of new NDP government on businesses, workers unclear

B.C.’s new NDP government, propped up by the Green party, could put major energy projects in limbo, which some in the province’s business community …

Canadian News

Raising the Minimum Wage

Paying America's lowest-paid workers would definitely help them make ends meet. But, some warn that raising the minimum wage might be a job killer.

make ends meet

To My Fellow Plutocrats: You Can Cure Trumpism

The Friday Cover<p>The Friday Cover is POLITICO Magazine's email of the week's best, delivered to your inbox every Friday morning.<p>Pay your workers a decent wage and maybe you can stave off the pitchforks that are still coming for us.<p>Since Election Day, I’ve been overwhelmed by anguished calls, emails …

Social Justice

The tax trap: why a 70k family isn’t much wealthier than a minimum wage family

Among the many points of contention that arose during the election was Labour’s declaration that people earning more than £70k would be expected to contribute more in taxes should Jeremy Corbyn become Prime Minister. Fair enough, you might say – £70k is more than double the average wage.<p>However, …

Housing

A Plan to Make Flying Less Awful

From endless security lines to power outages—plus the occasional political protest or police assault—air travel has been a hellish experience for …

Liberal POV

Column: Fighting trickle-down economics in Seattle

Trickle-down economics claims that if wages go up, jobs must come down. A controversial new study from the University of Washington has inadvertently …

Social Justice

The Best Cars You Can Afford On A Low

Image: Supplied<p>Most of us will never be able to afford our dream car - the high end of the market is just too damn expensive. However, that doesn't …

Supercars

As Cities Raise Minimum Wages, Many States Are Rolling Them Back

State legislatures and city halls are battling over who gets to set the minimum wage, and increasingly, the states are winning.<p>After dozens of city and county governments voted to raise their local minimum wage ordinances in the last several years, states have been responding by passing laws …

Business