Time for a raise for the working poor

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Poverty stunts economic growth, hits women and youth hardest

By Tom Baker

Even in hard times fairness is not a lot to ask. The success of efforts to increase the general minimum wage in Ontario (from $10.25 per hour to $11 this June) could signal a new day for decency in what has been for too long a dog-eat-dog economy.

In Hamilton, a coalition of community groups including the Social Planning and Research Council and the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction, say a living wage is $14.95. Full-time city workers already pass that benchmark. Last fall, the city started to study the adoption of a living wage for contractors and part-time workers. With 30,000 of our neighbours numbered among the working poor, it is past time.

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Article source: The Hamilton Spectator

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