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BC NDP announces $15/hr commitment

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June 26, 2016

British Columbia is one step closer to ending poverty wages:

BC NDP commit to $15/hour minimum wage

Vancouver – The BC Federation of Labour is applauding John Horgan and the BC NDP for committing to bring the minimum wage up to $15/hour.

“British Columbians are struggling to make ends meet with the ever increasing cost of living and skyrocketing user fees,” said Irene Lanzinger, president of the BC Federation of Labour. “Christy Clark is well-aware that people working full-time in this province and earning the minimum wage are living thousands of dollars below the poverty line, but she just doesn’t care.”

“We welcome the announcement from the BC NDP today. John Horgan gets it - he understands that when you give low-wage workers a fair wage, you are also supporting families, communities and the local economy.”

At a speech this morning in Kamloops, Horgan committed to implementing a $15/hour minimum wage by the end of his first term in office.

“This is exactly the kind of plan we have been asking Christy Clark to implement for close to two years now,” said Lanzinger. “But despite strong public support, she has ignored the problem of growing poverty and inequality in BC.”

In a recent poll, 76% of British Columbians said they supported a $15/hour minimum wage, and 83% said that a person working full-time should not be living below the poverty line.

There are over 100,000 people earning minimum wage ($10.45/hour) in BC, and nearly half-a-million earning less than $15/hour.

“Today, low-wage workers are one step closer to being lifted out of poverty. That is something to applaud,” said Lanzinger.

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 Media contact: Jaime Matten 604-561-2663

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BC's minimum wage the lowest in Canada

Today is April Fools’ Day. It’s a day to tell a few jokes, have some fun, and be a bit of a prankster.

But today is also notable for something else.

It is also the day that British Columbia wins the shameful distinction of having the lowest minimum wage in the country.

That’s right — as of today, no other province or territory in Canada pays their workers less than in B.C.

And that is no joke.

 

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We've been scrooged!

On December 19th, the BCFED had a run in with the Grinch and a band of rogue elves. They were handing out coal to low-wage workers this holiday season when what low-wage workers really need is a raise to $15/hr. 

The event, planned by our steering committee, was a great awareness raiser for downtown shoppers in the pre-Christmas shopping frenzy. Hundreds of petition signatures were collected and the event received wide-spread media attention. Thank you to all who participated. 

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Raising Minimum Wage Makes Good Economic Sense

Today, B.C.’s lowest-paid workers get a raise. Today is the day that the minimum wage increases by a whopping 20 cents — from $10.25 an hour to $10.45.

But before we celebrate, let’s put this raise in context.

More than 110,000 working people in B.C. earn the minimum wage. And despite the common stereotype, they are not all young people living at home and saving up to buy another video game.

In fact, nearly half are over 25 years old. Almost two-thirds are women. And more than 12,000 are over 55.

The reality is that minimum- wage earners are mothers and fathers; they are students putting themselves through school; they are seniors who can’t afford to retire.

And right now, a minimum wage earner, working full-time, is living $6,000 below the poverty line.

The government’s pathetic 20-cent lift will do nothing to help these hard-working people make ends meet. In fact, it will only serve to deepen the already stark income divide in B.C.

Even organizations not traditionally seen as champions of poverty-reduction efforts are sounding the alarm bells that increasing poverty is hurting economic stability.

For example, a recent report by five economists with the International Monetary Fund claims: “Increasing the income share of the poor and the middle class actually increases growth, while a rising income share of the top 20 per cent results in lower growth. That is, when the rich get richer, benefits do not trickle down.”

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Video: End poverty wages!

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