Originally posted at the Mennonite Central Committee Ottawa Notebook
“We need to create a parade that politicians want to get in front of.”
That is how one participant at our forum on the living wage and public sector employers put it.
At the heart of decent work is fair pay – the ability to earn a living wage. Not a poverty wage. But enough to meet your needs and fully participate in the life of your community.
But the growth of low-wage and precarious employment has become one of the defining labour market challenges in our time and one of the root causes of growing income inequality.
In 2017, the Government of Ontario’s Changing Workplaces Review found that 30% to 32% of workers in Ontario were in low wage jobs with few if any benefits. Many people in standard jobs, “work for very low pay and do not have a private pension.” (An Agenda for Workplace Rights, p. 45)
How does one change that reality?Read more
The Niagara Poverty Reduction Network is pleased to announce that Person Centered Care (PCC) has become Niagara’s tenth certified Living Wage Employer.
Person Centered Care is a private agency that was founded in 2016 by Alyshia Meredith. Their Life Skills Coaches are trained to support people of all ages with vulnerabilities such as developmental disabilities, mental health, dual diagnosis, and the elderly. Supports include goal setting, outreach and day services, person-directed programs and activities, and respite care.Read more
The Niagara Poverty Reduction Network is pleased to announce that Niagara Pallet has become Niagara’s 9th certified Living Wage Employer. Niagara Pallet started in 1993 and is owned by the Vrugteveen family. They are a leading manufacturer, seller and recycler of pallets and shipping materials. Their Smithville-based operations are housed in a 23,000 square foot building with an 18,000 square foot addition opening soon.Read more
“To produce the safe, nutritious and high quality product we strive for, we need to have a team of top notch individuals that are committed to our company and our philosophies. We want our team members to be proud of where they work and the products they produce so they can strive to better their skills and abilities in the workplace. By creating a positive culture in the workplace and providing a compensation package that pays a living wage I believe we are setting our team, and our business up for success and longevity,” says Iron Will Raw owner, Matt Bonanno. Iron Will Raw currently employs a dozen staff.Read more
Every year on the first week of November, we celebrate all things living wage. Several communities will be hosting employer recognition events and report launches. It has also become the time when we release new and newly updated local calculations:
|Community||Rate||Status||Date last calculated||Previous||% Diff|
|Perth and Huron||$17.44||Update||2015||$16.47||5.6%|
|Leeds, Grenville, Lanark Counties||$17.07||New||n/a|
|St. Thomas Elgin||$16.57||Update||2017||$16.03||3.3%|
Perth Huron Living Wage Rate
Libro Credit Union,
74 Kingston Street, Goderich
Kingston Living Wage Week Celebration
1:00 to 3:00 pm
Vincentian Room, Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul
Motherhouse, 1200 Princess Street, Kingston
Kindred Credit Union and Mennonite Central Committee Living Wage Celebration
50 Kent Street, Kitchener
Perth Huron Living Wage Rate
McLeods Scottish Shop
80 Ontario Street, Stratford
Josie Rudderham, certified living wage employer, testifies before a government panel on bill 148 in 2017.
Businesses shun move to roll back workers rights, opting for the high road
We are a network of business owners challenging the corporate lobby narrative saying decent work laws are bad for business.
We have found the opposite - when we take care of employees and provide decent jobs, our businesses are more successful.
By scrapping most of Bill 148 - a $15 minimum wage, a couple paid leave days, equal pay, fair scheduling - the Ford government has shown that it is fundamentally for the big business lobbies who have proven themselves to be anti-worker.
There is another side to the story...Read more
Well done Niagara Poverty Reduction network for bringing PenFinancial into the living wage movement. They are the latest Credit Union to certify, bringing the total to 5 across Ontario: DUCA Credit union, Kindred Credit Union, Libro Credit Union, Mainstreet Credit Union. Together they they operate 51 branches across the southern part of the province. It's getting easier to do your banking with a responsible employer.
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.
Announcing the 2018 Living Wage Rate: $16.10 an hour
The living wage rate is the hourly wage a worker needs to earn to cover their basic expenses and participate in community life. The calculation includes actual costs in local communities. So the Waterloo Region living wage rate reflects the actual cost for things like rent, food, transportation, hydro, child care, etc. in Waterloo region. The calculation also takes into account taxes and government transfers.Read more