Agree or Disagree: Restaurants should get exemptions from minimum wages.


We have had many discussions about this.

Some of you love the idea of raising the minimum wage.

Some of you do not.

The current minimum wage is $10.20, which is one of the lowest in Canada. However, the restaurant industry is anticipating some concerns with the coming raises. As such, they want an exemption from the minimum wage.

In the story below, this is a quote from Mark von Schellwitz, who is a Restaurants Canada  spokesman, is quoted as saying this;

We have certainly heard from a number of our members over the last few weeks who are extremely concerned about surviving this increase, especially in an economic climate where they are already seeing their sales decline because of the downturn,” he said Wednesday.

“We are asking them (the NDP government) to adjust that promise and let’s take this one step at a time, one year at a time.

You can read the story here.

What the restaurants industry is looking for is the option to pay a servers who earn tips and young people who are in their first jobs less.

As a little fun fact here is the minimum wage across Canada.

Do you Agree or Disagree that the restaurant industry should get an exemption from minimum wages?

Agree or Disagree: Raising Minimum Wage will hurt businesses.


First of all, this is not a write up to claim the NDP is immediately raising the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour. I understand that every intent is raise minimum wage  in increments. 

However, the discussion is still an important topic. Because, the plan is to raise minimum wage.

So, for this, I would like to give two different perspectives.

First, one that has some concerns of raising minimum wage for businesses. You can read that here.

Second, one that is supportive of raising minima wages. This is from Seattle, where they raised minimum wage to $15 an hour. You can read that link here.

Do you Agree or Disagree that raising minimum wage will hurt businesses?

Agree or Disagree: It is time to raise the minimum wage


Agree or Disagree: It is time to raise the minimum wage

In The State of The Union address last night, President Barack Obama gave an executive order to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors. The wage will got from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour.

In the above link, you can read that many felt that the move will have a positive impact on their lives. As an example, Melissa Romero an employee from the Air and Space Museum McDonald’s restaurant said “I’ll finally be able to pay my bills.”

Some Republicans felt that this idea will have a negative effect on the economy. Here is a quote from House Speaker John Boehner.

“When you raise the cost of something, you get less of it,” House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday. “And we know from increases in the minimum wage in the past that hundreds of thousands of low-income Americans have lost their jobs. And so the very people the president purports to help are the ones who are going to get hurt by this.”

Ironically in Canada, there is a discussion about this as well. Ontario is raising the minimum wage from $10.25 to $11 an hour. There is also a campaign in Ontario to raise the minimum wage to $14 an hour. The campaign is head up by the Workers Action Centre. However, this has not been met with support from the Ontario Government.

“I know that there’s a call for $14 (but) we have to move very carefully, because this is about making sure that we retain and create jobs,” Premier Kathleen Wynne said.

Here’s the link to that story http://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2014/01/27/kathleen_wynne_objects_to_14_minimum_wage.html

 Also, I will add this link. It’s the minimum wage for all the provinces in Canada.

http://www.retailcouncil.org/quickfacts/minimum-wage

 What do you think? Should we be raising minimum wage?