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Uk.businessinsider. Nick Hanauer. _ From the fear-mongering headlines marking passage of $15 statutes in New York and California, you would think nobody ever dared raise the minimum wage before.

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Ontario becomes 2nd province to go ahead with $15 an hour minimum wage - Toronto. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has announced a plan to increase the provincial minimum wage to $15 an hour by Jan. 1, 2019.

Ontario becomes 2nd province to go ahead with $15 an hour minimum wage - Toronto

The increase would be phased in over the next 18 months, rising to $14 an hour on Jan. 1, 2018, and then to $15 the following January. After that, it will rise annually with inflation. "People are working longer, jobs are less secure, benefits are harder to come by and protections are fewer and fewer," said Wynne. Minimum wage raise announcement coming Tuesday, Ontario premier says - Toronto. The benefits of Ontario's renewed economic growth are not shared evenly across the province, Premier Kathleen Wynne said Monday as she planned to announce a raise to minimum wage as well as much anticipated changes to labour laws.

Minimum wage raise announcement coming Tuesday, Ontario premier says - Toronto

Wynne and Labour Minister Kevin Flynn are scheduled to make the announcements Tuesday morning. "Now that we have an economy that really is doing so well, and is leading, we can now distribute that well-being a bit better," she told The Canadian Press in an interview. "I just came back from (Ontario's) northeast, and there are parts of the province and there are groups within the population who just are not feeling the benefit of the economy doing well. " Wynne would not confirm if her government is planning to raise the minimum wage — which is currently $11.40 an hour and adjusted for inflation — to $15, as labour groups have been calling for. What the duck? Wynne said her government will work with the business communities on measuring the impact of the changes.

15 Things That Would Change If You Had A Guaranteed Basic Income. Ontario to consider boosting minimum wage to $15, increasing paid sick days - Toronto. Premier Kathleen Wynne's government will take swift action on a review that urges significant reforms to Ontario's employment laws, CBC News has learned.

Ontario to consider boosting minimum wage to $15, increasing paid sick days - Toronto

Government sources say cabinet will soon consider giving all employees in Ontario a minimum number of sick days, increasing annual paid vacation from the two-week minimum, boosting the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and enhancing protections for workers in the most low-paid and vulnerable jobs. For weeks, the Liberals have been examining the report of the Changing Workplaces Review and will soon decide on putting in place some of its key recommendations, according to senior government officials who spoke to CBC News on condition of anonymity because the proposals have yet to go before cabinet. Ontario basic income pilot project to launch in Hamilton, Lindsay and Thunder Bay - Hamilton. Sid Ryan: When Hudak Says "Flexible" Labour, He Really Means "Cheap" This is part one of a three-part reply to Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak's series of HuffPost blogs about his party's "Path to Prosperity" white paper.

Since when was the middle class the enemy of Ontario's economic strength? It seems impossible to have a conception of prosperity that doesn't include the collective well-being and livelihood of the families of average income earners. Yet according to Tim Hudak's white paper on "flexible labour markets," Ontario won't prosper until companies are allowed to convert workers' wages into shareholder gains. No mention, of course, how he will deliver on the promise that these profits will "trickle down" to everyday workers.

The paper lays out the Tories' new platform on workers' rights and unveils an economic scheme for the province that is centered on reduced public services and cheap labour. Instead, he suggests, what today's workers really need is "flexibility. " Sonia Sotomayor: Not Everyone Can Just Pull Themselves 'Up By The Bootstraps' Young Ontarians struggling with income and housing, and it's not 'bad luck' - Toronto. A new report out from Vancouver-based campaign Generation Squeeze says Ontario has the second-worst economy for young people in the country, eclipsed only by British Columbia.

Young Ontarians struggling with income and housing, and it's not 'bad luck' - Toronto

"No province reports a decline in full-time earnings [for the typical 25-34 year old] since 2003 except Ontario. That wouldn't be so bad if Ontarians' primary cost of living — housing — was also not going up in price," said the lobby group's founder and University of British Columbia professor Paul Kershaw. The report, part of the Generation Squeeze's Code Red campaign, suggests that a housing affordability crisis in Ontario is affecting quality of life and causing young people to put off important milestones, said Kershaw.

"They delay starting their own homes, moving out of their parents' homes, and starting their own families," he said. Provincial adviser proposes basic income of least $1,320. It has been hailed as the magic bullet to end poverty and denounced as a Trojan Horse to dismantle the social safety net.

Provincial adviser proposes basic income of least $1,320

But there has been little serious research to prove either position. Until now. Ontario is poised to become ground zero for what may be the largest pilot project yet to test the notion of a basic income in North America. In a discussion paper released Thursday, Ontario’s special adviser on basic income suggests topping up incomes of the working poor and replacing the province’s meagre and rule-bound social assistance program with a monthly payment of at least $1,320 for a single person, or about 75 per cent of the poverty line. Participants with disabilities would get an additional $500 a month, according to the proposal by Hugh Segal, a former Conservative senator and a longtime advocate of basic income, also known as guaranteed annual income or minimum income.

Minimum wages as economic stimulus? Update: The Alberta government has announced their timeline for getting to $15 / hour, which includes eliminating the lower minimum wage for liquor servers.

Minimum wages as economic stimulus?

The Alberta Federation of Labour has an excellent minimum wage campaign, called “15 is fair”. I provided some research support for a paper they produced on the positive economic impact of increasing minimum wages, which you can read in full here, but I wanted to share some of the key points. Increasing the minimum wage doesn’t kill jobs In recent years, several provinces including Alberta have modestly increased minimum wages. Not only has the number of workers in low-wage sectors grown, but economists say that higher minimum wages can be good for reducing poverty, increasing job stability, and providing stimulus to the economy. Who Earns Minimum Wage? Angella MacEwen Labour June 30, 2016.

Who Earns Minimum Wage?

Standing up for fair wages. By Kate Curtis, Jason Kunin, and Seth Bernstein Thu., April 14, 2016 Imagine sending your child to school dosed up on fever medication because you work in a precarious job and can’t afford to take a day off to care for a sick child.

Standing up for fair wages

This is a daily reality in our classrooms. As teachers, we are lucky enough to have sick days that allow us to be able to care for our own children in such emergencies — sick days, incidentally, we had to fight over many years to win — but the same is not always true for the families of our students. While the media has been focusing on teachers and their sick days — which all workers in Canada should benefit from — sadly, the real news story is the fact that Ontario does not have laws that guarantee paid, and in some cases, even unpaid, sick leave for workers. We see the impact of outdated employment standards in our classrooms every day, and it’s not just the lack of paid sick days. Numerous studies highlight the negative impact that poverty has on education.