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Entries Tagged as 'minimum wage'

Clarifying the difference between the minimum and living wage

May 9th, 2014 · · 3 Comments · Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare

A couple days ago, I submitted the following letter to the editor at the Vancouver Sun. Hopefully they will publish it shortly: Mark Von Schellwitz (opinion piece, May 6) is right that a minimum wage and a living wage are not the same thing. But he seems to be confused about the difference. He claims […]

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Seeking a Real Families First Agenda this First BC Family Day

February 7th, 2013 · · Comments Off · Children & youth, Economy, Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Taxes

By Seth Klein and Adrienne Montani On February 11, British Columbians will enjoy a well-deserved new stat holiday. With the inaugural Family Day, Premier Christy Clark has made good on a promise made during her bid for the BC Liberal leadership. The winter stretch needed a new long weekend, and many will appreciate this new-found […]

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Living Wage Policy: Why Municipal Governments should lead the way

October 25th, 2011 · · Comments Off · Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare

By Michael McCarthy Flynn and Seth Klein The Living Wage for Families Campaign, along with 54 organizations representing over 300,000 British Columbians, recently issued an Open Letter calling on all municipal election candidates to help low-income families in their cities by passing a Living Wage policy if they are elected (available here). Many families are […]

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More thoughts on BC’s new minimum wage

March 23rd, 2011 · · 1 Comment · Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare

As some of you may have seen, Adrienne Montani (of First Call) and I had a piece in the Vancouver Sun earlier this week: a “memo” to the new Premier on what a “Families First” agenda should look like . (If you didn’t see it, you can find it here.) In it, we praised Cristy […]

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When everything you ask for isn’t enough – BC business calls for more cuts to labour standards

February 24th, 2011 · · 2 Comments · Economy, Employment & labour

Last November BC’s Labour Minister quietly announced his Ministry was conducting a review of employment standards and the minimum wage.  There has been virtually no news coverage on this.  That’s too bad because the results could be important for BC workers.  The recommendations could offer a blueprint for BC’s new Liberal Premier to be chosen […]

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Raising the minimum wage: not if but how much and how fast

February 10th, 2011 · · Comments Off · Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Transparency & accountability

While lone voices from the business sector still oppose a minimum wage increase (as in this article in The Province), the minimum wage debate in BC has now firmly shifted past the question of whether we should raise it or not. Virtually all leadership contenders for both the BC Liberals and the BC NDP have […]

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The problems with the textbook analysis of minimum wages

January 20th, 2011 · · 10 Comments · Economy, Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the sorry state of the BC minimum wage, stuck at $8 after nine years two months and still counting. Yes, it will likely increase very soon, now that almost all leadership candidates on both sides have expressed support for higher minimum wages, but one has got to ask […]

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Which is more important, lower taxes or a higher minimum wage?

October 2nd, 2010 · · 7 Comments · Economy, Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Taxes

BC Labour Minister Murray Coell apparently got taken to the woodshed this week after telling a forum at the Union of BC Municipalities that his government was considering raising the minimum wage. The next day he quickly called a press conference on the driveway of a Whistler hotel to “clarify” his remarks.  He really just […]

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Poverty Reduction: Even Alberta?

September 27th, 2010 · · Comments Off · Housing & homelessness, Poverty, inequality & welfare

Currently, six provinces have official poverty reduction strategies either in place or (in the case of Manitoba) in development. BC, despite having the highest poverty rates, remains stubbornly in the minority of provinces without a plan (along with Alberta, Saskatchewan and PEI). But now comes news earlier this month that an all-party committee of the […]

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Poverty reduction: What other provinces are doing

June 8th, 2010 · · Comments Off · Children & youth, Poverty, inequality & welfare

BC has much to learn from other provinces when it comes to poverty reduction. Six provinces now have poverty reduction plans, although most are still fairly new, and therefore we don’t yet have data to tell us what kind of success they are meeting with, the exceptions being Quebec and Newfoundland. What their plans and […]

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