Don’t mess with the minimum wage

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It seems that the NDP and now the Canadian Union of Public Employees are jumping on the bandwagon of driving up the minimum wage — there must be some votes there for the NDP.

Even though $10 an hour is not a great wage, it will be over $20,000 a year. With two earning that in a family, it will be over $40,000 a year. I have three pensions and my wife has two, but our yearly income falls short of $40,000 a year. What about some seniors who only have around $13,000 yearly income — how are they supposed to cope? Who is fighting for them? Not CUPE, not the NDP. Why?

Minimum wage is not usually the first wage that supports the family, it is usually a second income or a beginning wage for teenagers on their first job with little job experience. Driving up this wage will force up prices and even force some businesses out of business.


Everett Adams

Grand Falls-Windsor

Organizations: NDP

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Recent comments

  • Jack
    July 23, 2014 - 12:33

    Contrary to what Richard Alexander or other Newfoundland and Labrador Employers Council employees think, increasing minimum wage to liveable levels, which is around $20 per hour in a Newfoundland and Labrador context, will not necessarily result in major price increases. In fact, if Walmart, a company with annual sales comparable to Argentina's annual GDP, increased their wages to liveable levels, prices will only increase less than 1%. Therefore, don't let the Newfoundland and Labrador Employers Council employees fool you.

    • guy ingognito
      July 23, 2014 - 18:28

      Yeah. That's the secret solution. Convince the employers to pay their workers more. That'll work.

    • Jeff
      July 24, 2014 - 13:48

      No. Legislate them. That WILL work.

  • Donald Cunningham
    July 23, 2014 - 08:49

    More and more adults are having to rely on minimum wage jobs. The NDP wants to increase the CPP and the QPP. What are the Tories or Liberals doing to help your situation? Nothing. Maybe that's why so many elders have to supplement their income working at Tim's and Walmart. By-the-way, how did you manage to get three pensions with your minimum wage job?