I was at the plant on Thursday night, thinking about how I should write about the $14/hour minimum wage that Kathleen Wynne set up. I was traying some beef strips with small marrow bones in it. I imagined soup or a stew that would have the marrow slowly infused in the broth over the time which you cook the meal, which would also allow that meat to disperse into the dish. It would be a perfect meal. As a cook, imagining how different ingredients would add to a recipe that reminds me how a little leaven raises a whole loaf of bread, and how our attitudes and biases always impact on how we think. I think one of the reasons why I worked on Thursday, despite how sick I feel right now, is I was earning $14/hour. Each day is a possibility to make up to $112 for an 8 hour day, and if I have overtime, which could be up to 2 hours, that would be a $154 for a 10 hour day. It’s an excellent daily wage.
I appreciate the new pay raise. I have never worked for a job for more than $14 per hour. Despite some people thinking they are worth $31/h, while meming about how communism is the ultimate awesomeness of the world, adding very little to our culture and society, I know hard work. I know what it is like to pull off and tray hundreds of roasts over an 8-hour work day. I’ve had the hard day of work at the end of the production line as well, as I took hundreds of plastic totes with everything from roasts to packages of ground beef off the track onto skits which employees from the shipping department move over to the trucks to take to your local grocery store. From the sweat of our brows shall we eat bread. I know that people struggle every single day, working at minimum wage jobs. According to stats, 1.6 million people are earning minimum wage right now in Ontario, and that is about the amount of people the current Kathleen Wynne Liberal government won by last election in 2014, but it isn’t going to work.
Barely four months ago, I asked Premier Kathleen Wynne how open she was to the idea of boosting Ontario’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. She was rather unenthusiastic.
Yeah, a story that was written in March of 2017, so about Nov. of 2016, Kathleen Wynne thought a $15/h minimum wage wasn’t in the cards for any Ontario residents. At the time, Wynne was ‘positive’ that she could win the next election, despite all the mistakes her and the McGuinty made on Ontario Hydro, which has forced the highest electricity rates in Canada and is going to cost an estimated $39.4 billion to the Ontario taxpayer. Kathleen, you can’t trick us by saying, don’t look at the man behind the curtain, we know you can’t do the old switcheroo, we know you are only saving us some money now, and then the prices will go way up to pay that $39.4 billion. But you know only 12% of Ontario residents think you’ve done a good job. That approval rating story came out one week before you decided, hey a $15 minimum wage would be good. I wonder if this incredibly low approval rating has anything to do with the dramatic responses you have done to try to ‘alleviate’ our hydro bills, or why you introduced this minimum wage increase one week after that story went public?
As a conservative, I knew Ontario, the most prosperous province in Canada, needed a $15/h minimum wage. Oh, does that shock everybody. I’ve been working class all my life, working at either part-time jobs during the summer at factories, or at call centres. I prefer plants. I know what it is like to earn a wage just above minimum wage. I know the pain of working at a job that is hard. I knew people needed to see an improvement. But as a conservative, you introduce this slowly. You don’t implement an over 20% increase in a single year. You go from $11.40/h to $12.50/h then to $13.50/h and finally to $15.00/h. You could have done that from 2014 to 2017, but that isn’t the carrot before the horse you need for people to vote for you.
It is so apparent that you are trying to buy votes with this desperate act, it’s unbelievable. And any person who looks into this, even a little bit, can tell you are trying to bribe us into voting for you and your party. You’re afraid of losing power, because of your approval rating. You are acting like a person mad for control, trying to do whatever they can to stay in power. And you’re hoping that there will be some ‘class warfare’. You’re hiring 175 new people to ensure businesses follow the new rules, including anonymous hotlines if businesses are not following your new rules. It is so apparent that you want us to be ‘angry’ at the big corporations that it is ridiculous, and this needs to stop. It isn’t the workers vs CEOs.
Since you are trying to put Tim Horton’s up on the chopping block, because you are calling them bullies, I want to break down the finances of that organisation. Timmy’s has over 3800 locations in Canada, and each probably employs 20-30 people each. Well, that means there are over 100,000 Tim Horton’s employees. Well, Donald Schroeder the CEO of Timmy’s earns around $22 million a year. If you divide that by the over 100,000 Timmy’s employees, he receives a total of $220 per employee, and each employee probably earns at least $15-25k each – which means the employees, the workers, earn over 70-100 times more than the CEO per worker. So the CEO takes less than 1 percent of the money coming into Timmy’s – since Timmy’s makes an estimated $3.07 billion a year. I guess I have busted the ‘progressive’ myth that CEOs are greedy scumbags who exploit workers while giving the workers only a small part of the profits of a company. So, you just enforced a 20% raise in pay for 15-20 percent of their workers. If the average was 20k, that is another $4,000 per worker, for 20k workers, which would be 80 million dollars a year – which is way more than Donald Schroeder is making, four times that amount he was making.
Ultimately, Ontario is tired of how you mismanaged Ontario. When Ontario residents are using 25 percent less electricity now than in 1990, far exceeding the Kyoto protocols, you are introducing a carbon tax, because we must ‘save the environment’ (while already doing so) and paying more for electricity than any other part of Canada. This new minimum wage increase is yet another mismanagement. Instead of slow and steady growth over 3 to 4 years, you dramatically increase how much employers have to pay, resulting in the harm of many small businesses. While my company, which employs over 200 people, can manage to pay that wage without much of a problem how does a small business of 10 employees that maybe makes $150-250k a year expect to accommodate those changes except reduce hours and putting everybody on part-time employment, or by going out of business.
You never thought of that, and that seems to be the Liberal attitude. You mismanaged a province that uses less electricity with rates higher than anywhere else in Canada, with a $38.4 billion price tag of debt included, and now small businesses are going to go out of business. WTG, you’re doing a fantastic job with Ontario.
So, let me thank you one last time. Thanks for the raise Kathleen, but to immortalise the words of Donald Trump, you’re fired.
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