Craig Pickthorne

  • published Candidate Pledge in Public Sector Campaign 2018-07-25 15:38:38 -0400

    Elected Living Wage Supporters


    Low Wage work hurts families and undermines the local economy.

    The rapid rise of low wage jobs is a growing concern in Ontario communities. Many of us no longer earn enough at our jobs to make ends meet. We face impossible choices. Buy food or paying the rent? Heat the apartment or fix the car? Growing numbers of us face spirally debt and constant anxiety about the future. More of us have long term health problems.
    In Ontario nearly 1.7 million workers work at lower paid jobs.

    There is a solution. It’s a Living Wage.

    Over 170 employers across the province have made the commitment to pay their employees at least a living wage. More and more individuals, community groups, employers and politicians are showing their support for the living wage. We are asking every candidate in the 2018 Municipal Elections across Ontario to support the living wage movement in the province.

    Municipalities hold a key to solving poverty by paying a living wage Municipal governments are anchor institutions in communities and have an opportunity to influence other employer organizations to do the right thing.

    Cities of the 21st century must stand for fairness and equality. And not just in words, but with wages.

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    Should I be elected to public office, I pledge to advocate for our public sector employers to become certified Living Wage employers.

     

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  • Materials From Public Sector Forum Now Available

    Thank you to everyone who spent the day with us in Burlington on February 23rd. There was a palpable energy to the panels, discussions and presentations. It reminded me of why I love working on events. 

    If you weren't able to make it, don't worry. Posted on the event's page are downloadable audio recordings of every part of the day. You can also view/download the 3 slide decks that were shown in the public sector and campaign panels.

    If you listen to just one audio clip, make it the final wrap-up session, hosted by Deirdre Pike. She facilitates a summary of the most valuable takeaways from each part of the day. And it's also crazy entertaining. 


  • published Meet Kingston's Latest Living Wage Employers in News 2018-02-14 12:15:35 -0500

  • commented on Living Wage by Region 2018-10-04 14:42:46 -0400
    Thanks for the question Ryan. I’d be happy to connect you to the people who devise and update our living wage calculations if you email me: craig@ontariolivingwage.ca. We’d love to be of help to you.
  • We all want to share in economic prosperity. Unfortunately, for too many workers in Hamilton, work is not a route out of poverty. With the support of progressive employers, civic leaders and other partners, we’re striving to make Hamilton a living wage community!

    Hamilton’s living wage calculation uses community-specific data through a framework developed by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Ontario to determine expenses incurred by a family of four. A living wage enables workers to: provide the necessities for their family, promote healthy development, participate in community life, and avoid the stress of living in chronic poverty.

    How we got $15.85 per hour:

    • Family of four: two adults, two children
    • Both adults work full time; 37.5 hours a week
    • No savings, retirement planning or debt repayments

    Monthly Costs

    Click here to download a PDF of our calculation info.

     


  • Kingston Recognizes First Two Living Wage Employers

    Well done Cam Jay and Tara Kainer of Kingston Living Wage on a successful employer recognition event Thursday August 3rd.

    The first two of many to come: Brunet Plumbing Kitchen & Bath and King's Town Dental

    Living wage employers are leaders among their peers, and deserve to be recognized for their commitment to decent work. For that reason it was great to see this event receive so much coverage from the local media... 

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