Support for Ontario’s $15 per hour minimum wage plan at Niagara Falls forum

“By paying my staff a living wage, it encouraged them to take ownership of their positions, build confidence, and find value in their work. This increased overall productivity, boosted company morale and virtually eliminated turnover.”                                         – Damin Starr, Owner, Pre-Line Processing, Niagara, Ontario

A News Release from Ontario’s Liberal Caucus Service Bureau

Posted July 19th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

‘Workers, small businesses and academics agree new legislation helps Ontarians’

Niagara Falls, Ontario – Today (this June 19th), Liberal MPPs were in Niagara Falls to hear about the importance of making sure everyone is sharing in the benefits of our growing economy. Here’s what local workers, small businesses and academics are saying about the new Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs legislation:

Simon Black, Professor, Centre for Labour Studies, Brock University –

“As those with lower income spend more of what they earn then those with higher incomes, raising the minimum wage will improve macroeconomic conditions overall.” 

“For years we have heard that raising the minimum wage will kill jobs, raise crisis and cause businesses to flee Ontario. These opinions are out of line with the latest economic research. 20 years of studies from US, Canada, UK and elsewhere have established a scientific consensus that there is little to no job loss associated with minimum wage increases.”

“There are many possible reasons for minimum wage increases to lead to little or no job loss as you’ve heard from some of the small business owners presenting here today. Studies have found that lower turnover, more on the job training and higher productivity can all flow from a minimum wage increase. In short, raising the minimum wage makes for better, more productive workplaces.”

Damin Starr, Owner, Pre-Line Processing –

“When I first entered the world of business ownership, I found that many workers were underpaid, unmotivated and did not see themselves as a valued part of the company.”

“Turnover was high, and I found myself spending more and more of my personal time at work just to stay productive. Five years ago upon launching Pre-Line Processing, I hit a cross-roads and decided to start factoring ‘livability’ into the employee’s wages.”

“By paying my staff a living wage, it encouraged them to take ownership of their positions, build confidence, and find value in their work. This increased overall productivity, boosted company morale and virtually eliminated turnover.”

“That’s why I believe that the increase to a $15 minimum wage is an excellent step toward strengthening the health and sustainability of Ontario’s economy.”

 Shalom Schachter, Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition –

 “If more money is put into the hands of low income workers, they will purchase goods and services. This will create more jobs. So, we do not believe that these changes will have a negative impact.”

“ We believe that the economic studies that show in other jurisdictions that has not been the problem – in terms of people who are finding difficulty securing employments, again by putting more money into the economy, this is going to create more demand and more need for hiring.”

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