31 May 2010 Living wage for municipal workers misses the target
By Helen Ward (Vancouver Sun, May 28): Vancouver city council, following New Westminster’s lead, will vote on a “living wage” of over $18 an hour for municipal workers. Economists promoting this garner support by claiming living wages help families and reduce child poverty. But do they? Does a policy targeting city workers also efficiently benefit low-income families? The assumption is yes, but what is the reality? [Read the rest of this excellent article here.]
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