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BC Federation of Labour launches "Fight For $15" campaign to increase province's minimum wage

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

The BC Federation of Labour issued the following news release on November 26, 2014 outlining its new camaign to increase the province's minimum wage, which currently sits at $10.25 for most jobs, to $15:

BCFED launches Fight For $15 campaign to increase the minimum wage

November 26, 2014

VANCOUVER - The BC Federation of Labour has launched the Fight For $15 campaign, calling on the provincial government to increase the minimum wage to $15/hour.

"At the current minimum wage, working full-time is not enough to lift a worker out of poverty," said Jim Sinclair, President of the BC Federation of Labour. "It has been almost three years since the last increase to the minimum wage. Workers fall behind when their wage is stagnant, yet the cost of living goes up each year."  read more »

Seattle City Council unanimously approves adoption of $15 per hour minimum wage phased in over time

Topics: - Minimum Wage
Jurisdiction: - United States

Today, some 225 kms down Interstate-5 from Vancouver, the Seattle (Washington) City Council unanimously approved the adoption of a $15 per hour minimum wage to be phased in over time. This is the full June 2, 2014 news release from the Council:

City Council Approves $15/hour Minimum Wage in Seattle

Historic vote addresses income inequality

SEATTLE - Seattle City Council unanimously approved the adoption of a $15 per hour minimum wage today, making Seattle the first major city in America to take such an action to address income inequality. Beginning April 1, 2015, the legislation will phase-in a $15 per hour minimum wage annually over 3 to 7 years, depending on employer size.  read more »

Manitoba announces minimum wage increasing to $10.45 an hour effective October 1, 2013

Topics: - Minimum Wage
Jurisdiction: - Manitoba

The Manitoba Government issued a news release today (September 26, 2013) regarding the pending increase to the province's minimum wage. The news release reads as follows:

The province is increasing the minimum wage on Oct. 1 to $10.45 an hour, as detailed in Budget 2013, Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade Minister Peter Bjornson announced today.  This is an increase of 20 cents over the current minimum wage.

"This increase will help the lowest wage earners in Manitoba and keeps pace with expected increases in the consumer price index," said Bjornson.  "Coupled with new training and skills development initiatives, this will help low-income Manitobans retain their purchasing power, continue to contribute to the growth of our economy and improve their education so they can find better paying jobs."  read more »

BC's minimum wage increased to $10.25 on May 1, 2012

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

British Columbia's minimum wage increased to $10.25 per hour on May 1, 2012.

The BC Government's May 1, 2012 news release stated as follows:

B.C.'s minimum wage will increase to $10.25 per hour on Tuesday, May 1, Minister of Labour, Citizens' Services and Open Government Margaret MacDiarmid confirmed today.

At the same time, the minimum wage rate for liquor servers will increase to $9.00 per hour.

This is the third increase to the minimum wage over the past year, and follows on Premier Christy Clark's commitment in March 2011 to increase minimum wage in three stages to $10.25 per hour by May 1, 2012, providing more support for B.C. workers and families in every region of the province.

Non-hourly rates paid to camp leaders, live-in home support workers and resident caretakers will be adjusted at the same time in proportion to the increase in minimum wage.  read more »

BC Government releases "Summary Report on Employment Standards Stakeholder Engagement Process"

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

The BC government released a report on Friday that was the culmination of a recent engagement process on the future of B.C.'s employment standards, including minimum wage.

The report can be found here: Summary Report on Employment Standards Stakeholder Engagement Process (March 2011).

The April 29, 2011 Information Bulletin announcing the report states:

Between December 2010 and February 2011, senior ministry staff engaged in a dialogue with groups and organizations representing stakeholders including employees, employers and with some academic experts to discuss how B.C.'s employment standards could be modernized to reflect the needs of the 21st century workplace. More than 30 stakeholder groups provided high-level input that will help inform future government action on the following themes:  read more »

Quebec basic minimum wage increases from $9.50 to $9.65 an hour effective today

Topics: - Minimum Wage
Jurisdiction: - Quebec

A new minimum wage rates come into effect in Québec beginning today (May 1).

The general rate will increase from $9 to $9.50/hour and the rate for employees earning gratuities will increase $0.25 to $8.25.

The hourly rate payable to employees of certain sectors of the clothing industry
will increase from $9 to $9.50.

See the Government of Québec notice here.

Fraser Institute forecasts that increase in BC's minimum wage to $10.25 could cost 52,000 jobs

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

The Fraser Institute released a report today in which it has forecasted that the hike in BC's minimum wage to $10.25/hour could lead to a loss of more than 52,000 jobs.

The increase in BC's minimum wage, that was announced by Premier Christy Clark soon after she took office, will occur in stages over time. The first increase from $8.00 to $10.25 is to take effect this Sunday (May 1, 2011).

The think-tank's report can be accessed here: Estimating the Economic Impact of British Columbia's Minimum Wage Increase (April 29, 2011).

The press release accompanying the report states:  read more »

BC's minimum wage to increase in three stages to $10.25 by May 1, 2012, training wage will be eliminated

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

New premier Christy Clark didn't waste time on the minimum wage issue.

In a news release today, she announced that British Columbia's minimum wage will
increase in three stages to $10.25 by May 1, 2012 and that the training wage will be
eliminated.

According to the news release:  read more »

Christy Clark's impact on the British Columbia Employment Standards Act?

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

Christy Clark was chosen as the leader of the BC Liberal Party last night and thus the new premier designate of British Columbia.

Her campaign included two promises that involve the BC Employment Standards Act:

  1. Minimum wage: She supports raising the minimum wage - currently $8 in most cases - after the government's consultation is complete. She will also eliminate the training wage.
  2. Family Day statutory holiday in February: She believes families deserve a break during the winter months. She'll spend the next few months consulting with business on how to give families a holiday in February. 

Source: "10 questions for premier-designate Christy Clark", The Province (February 27, 2011)

British Columbia legislative assembly finance committee recommends increasing minimum wage

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

The British Columbia "Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services" is recommending that BC increase its minimum wage from the current $8/hour.

The recommendation was found in the "First Report on the Budget 2011 Consultations" which was made public on November 12, 2010. The committee is comprised of 10 MLAs and chaired by Liberal Party member John Les. The specific reccomendation is to "Increase the minimum wage in small increments with appropriate advance notice".

The BC Federation of Labour, among others, has been calling on the provincial government to increase the minimum wage for some time now. See this March 5, 2009 post and this January 5, 2010 post.