November 02, 2015

Here's the REAL reason Notley's NDP are bringing Seattle's disastrous $15 minimum wage to Alberta

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Raising the minimum wage is all the rage in left-wing jurisdictions. Alberta is going to do it, when companies are already laying off thousands of workers.

So why would they make it more expensive to hire someone?

Easy: Because Alberta's NDP government is the policy arm of big unions.

For the left, the main purpose of a higher minimum wage is not to raise the wage of low-income workers. Precisely the opposite: its main purpose is to ban low-income workers, because they’re competitors to high-cost labour unions.

Remember: Premier Rachel Notley’s husband is a lobbyist for CUPE. Her chief of staff, Brian Topp, was a union boss in Toronto.

Anyways, on April 1st, Seattle introduced its $15 dollar minimum wage.

WATCH my report to find out what happened next.

Then let's see if the same things happen in NDP Alberta when Notley follows Seattle's lead.

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commented 2015-11-03 20:13:17 -0500
@ Joel – You are the first person to call me a troll in the 6 years I have been posting comments on sites like this. Not sure you know the meaning of the term.

Joel said, “I will also never support massive heartless corporations, because they are often the root cause of these problems (hiking minimum wage).”

This is one of the reasons why I call you a socialist. In a capitalist society people have a choice of whom they work for. If you don’t like what you call corporation, go apply at a small business. BTW, I have stated in my earlier comments that I support small business and that the small business is who provides most of the jobs. But to correct you, a corporation does not mean it is large. Here in Alberta many people have a businesses that are incorporated. Many oil companies will not employ a contractor unless he/she is incorporated. So, being a corporation does not necessarily mean big, bad and evil.

Joel said, " I have personally lost my job as a result of corporate greed …"

And I lost my job because of a socialist / wannabe communist government (Alberta NDP), so we are even. Look the reality is that greed is not owned by big bad evil capitalist corporations, it is endemic to people in themselves regardless of their political affiliation or inclination. Greed rears its ugly head in the form of cronies in socialist governments as much as in corporation.

Joel said, “The heart and soul of any country should be their ability to thrive through small business, which is why I DO NOT support these minimum wage hikes. I would much rather see Canada thrive through small business, co-operative business models, and franchise ownership.”

On this point we can agree.
commented 2015-11-03 03:48:55 -0500
Peter Netterville … I think I’ve commented a total of five times on The Rebel news articles, and every time I comment you call me a socialist or a liberal. Are you kidding me dude? Is this now going to be your go-to insult for anyone who disagrees with your personal philosophy? You are a troll. Get it through your thick skull, I am not, and will never be a socialist or a liberal. I will also never support massive heartless corporations, because they are often the root cause of these problems (hiking minimum wage). I also find it funny to hear you say that small businesses will suffer as a result of hiking minimum wage, when the fact is that small business owners have been under attack by corporations for decades. I have personally lost my job as a result of corporate greed … and I didn’t even work for the company that was responsible! (Spoiler alert … it was Walmart!) That being said, there are many good things that come from corporations, including scientific innovation and technological progress [through collaborative efforts], but that does not mean corporations are a good thing. The heart and soul of any country should be their ability to thrive through small business, which is why I DO NOT support these minimum wage hikes. I would much rather see Canada thrive through small business, co-operative business models, and franchise ownership.
commented 2015-11-03 00:41:17 -0500
Forced minimum wage increases drive inflation, which wipes out gains made by forced minimum wage increases.
That’s why there is never an end to forced minimum wage increases, only an end to employed people under NDP.
Hey, Albertans who voted NDP, if you haven’t gotten buyer’s remorse yet, you soon will have a very severe case.
Next election, should that occur, you might want to try this before voting: Remember NDP, think, reject NDP, vote.
commented 2015-11-03 00:37:38 -0500
It is like Notley wants to kill the Alberta economy and boost the Saskatchewan economy. Does she have any connections to Saskatchewan? She is secretly from Moose Jaw isn’t she?
commented 2015-11-02 23:24:41 -0500
When you interfere with the markets, you wreak havoc. Plain and simple. You don’t have to read Wealth of Nations to get it.
commented 2015-11-02 22:55:49 -0500
Not sure if any one mentioned this but unions only power is through the restriction of supply of labour and the increasing the demand. While there are many tactics to achieve concessions and higher wages, one in particular that may apply here is the fact that unions often lobby for min wage increases as it is common place to have a clause in collective bargaining agreements to open wage negotiations if min wage is increased or union wages are directly tied to min wage by a certain percentage in order to maintain a certain wage gap. If this is the case with CUPE , not sure how that would not be a massive conflict of interest.
commented 2015-11-02 19:31:45 -0500
The real dead-weight loss in Seattle is more than the 700 workers in the graph. As the rest of the state went up 6.7%, we could have expected Seattle to catch at least some of the same wave, let’s say at least 5%. This means it should have gained 6800 jobs, making the total loss 7500 jobs.
commented 2015-11-02 19:18:51 -0500
Hate to say it but I stopped tipping 15%
commented 2015-11-02 19:05:51 -0500
There is more damage that I see has not been mentioned much is that when the business is forced to layoff people, the work load, or rather the service to the customers suffers and in some cases then the business loses business. It makes it very difficult for small businesses to survive. So the owner has to react in any combination of the following: raise the price on the products and/or services, cut back on staff, or staff hours to part time, any perks the staff might have, go to contractors rather than staff.

Raising the minimum wage might sound good on the surface, but it is bad in the long run not only for businesses but for the overall employment rate.
commented 2015-11-02 19:02:30 -0500
As a business owner with employees when you pay a$15.00 min wage you will actually be paying close to $29.00 an hour. Depends on some businesses but it will be close, it is costs downstream that will drive costs up. And then of course you will have to raise your price upstream. So the min wage earners will actually have less money in the end. That doesn’t include the people who are making just above min wage now, they might want a cost of living raise.
commented 2015-11-02 18:38:19 -0500
There are ways around the minimum wage fiasco. Contract work is popular, and in some jurisdiction restaurant owners simply take all the tips and pay the servers out of that to make up for the increase. Or, like I’ve noticed in Alberta, they are already laying off staff.
commented 2015-11-02 18:29:04 -0500
Seriously, Alberta is going to hike the minimum wage to $15.00?! All you end up doing is pricing out young people from the job market. When an employer can choose a 60 year old who has 35 years of experience to work at $15.00 or a new young worker, who are they doing to choose? It’s such common sense I don’t understand why no one gets this. It ends up causing more unemployment. Sure, its great for those who have a job…wait a second…not it isn’t. What has happened in states or US cities that tried this is the employer ends up cutting hours. So what does this achieve?

As far as companies looking after shareholders, about time! Too many companies have been sidetracked by social causes or overpaying their CEOs and need to look to the interest of their shareholders. That is there very reason for existence.
commented 2015-11-02 17:58:39 -0500
Guy, exactly… supply and demand & return on investment, plus the cost of missed opportunities. this is why an overpaid union model only really works in monopolies…. they are a pain in the butt, but viable.
commented 2015-11-02 17:54:53 -0500
Bill said, " there is a glimmer of hope for most lefties,"

Peter said :Are you saying lefties can learn?
  • Statistically, yes, not all of them, but many of them.. younger people tend to be more left-leaning (naive)… as they mature, it’s common for them to grow-up and become more conservative., responsible.. However, the most dangerous of lefties are the ones who never grow up… and especially the ones who graduate from being the believer of lies to being the teller of lies. (champagne socialists)… and then there are the ones who are perpetually disgruntled, the ones who live in the best county in the world, but somehow have come to the conclusion that they live in the worst country in the world.
commented 2015-11-02 17:52:42 -0500
Darryt Teskey if we went solo we could just buy BC after a while
commented 2015-11-02 17:51:25 -0500
Andrew we are always shorthanded on well paying pipeline jobs pretty much since 2010 , as the lazy spoiled brats run home to mommy when they have to work. They would not work at the low paying jobs in the first place.
commented 2015-11-02 17:50:47 -0500
JACK CARTER As an albertan i would never ever want to join BC. SASK FOR SURE. BC NO WAY
commented 2015-11-02 17:46:33 -0500
Bumping mim wage up that much will only cause problems with invlation and unemployment. Over the long run, it fixes nothing.
commented 2015-11-02 17:44:06 -0500
Do any of these NDP dumbos ever stop to think about the fact, that small business will not operate at a LOSS. It is extremely easy to go Underground when you bring in CASH. Many operate on a roughly 50/50 basis . Half to satisfy the Gov’t Greed the other half to employ the Pogyites, disabled , welfare bums ,illegals—- . Break even on one half. Make a Profit on the other half. The worst abusers of this are Immigrants . They know that y’all are afraid to even Question them. Go ahead!—-Raise the minimum wage to $20/hour. Hire more Gov’t inspectors——— You will see Greece.
commented 2015-11-02 17:35:35 -0500
Ezra asks, “So why would they make it more expensive to hire someone?” Simple, it’s just what left-wing ideologues do, like the Communist Party of Canada which according to its utopian platform clamored for a raise of the minimum wage to $19!:
Quite an inflation considering that in early 2014 they had called for “$14 Now”:
Not surprising really as it is part of Marx and Engel’s Communist Manifesto. As far as this being a part of the Alberta NDP’s platform, as the saying goes, “birds of a feather flock together”.
commented 2015-11-02 17:30:48 -0500
When you increase the minimum wage, the money has to come from somewhere & it’s not a money tree in the backyard. So, to stay in business, the owner passes it on to the consumer or decreases employee hours or takes away perks for the employee or sometimes even have to layoff, which defeats the whole purpose of a wage hike in the first place. All in all it’s not good. Eventually wages have to be increased, but a little at a time should be the norm. Those of my friends’ daughters who waitressed part time did very well on tips alone.
I’m sure with all the job losses in Ab, restaurants are already losing business & now Notley wants to slam them with a double whammy. Nice going Notley & your merry men!!
commented 2015-11-02 16:59:02 -0500
The cost of living went up dramatically with the last couple of minimum raise hikes in Ontario. If it goes up any more obviously the same thing is going to happen. For instance, products in grocery stores, are now much more expensive and contain less product per package. Other goods besides groceries are being manufactured much cheaper giving consumers cheap garbage products that wear out a lot sooner so you have to buy more in less time. Like Ezra said it will also put people out of work because employers aren’t going to suck up a wage hike, they’ll just get rid of employees.
commented 2015-11-02 16:52:04 -0500
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commented 2015-11-02 16:50:02 -0500
Andrew when jobs are lost it does not help anyone.
commented 2015-11-02 16:47:31 -0500
Some restaurants in Seattle put iPads on the tables for ordering and eliminated most waiter/waitresses.
commented 2015-11-02 16:38:19 -0500
How is Seattle’s minimum wage “disastrous”? First of all, the raise is incremental, and it’s currenlty 11/h, not much higher than the standard minimum wage. Seattle’s unemployment is 3.3% (~5%, measured the Canadian way) which is actually considered optimal, full employment – everyone that wants a job has one, and everyone that wants to hire a worker can find one.

Perhaps, if minimum wage were higher, it would have helped Alberta develop a more diverse economy.
commented 2015-11-02 16:27:09 -0500
Let’s start Alberta over again. Make it part of British Columbia.
commented 2015-11-02 16:08:17 -0500
Joel need to join the Occupy a Bus Shelter movement.
commented 2015-11-02 16:04:00 -0500
Bill Smith said “… IF Alberta takes in 1 billion in taxes… lefties believe that is taxes are increased 10%, gov will take in 1.1 billion …” – I didn’t study Economics but have had to learn about it when I grew up. In Economics 101 it teaches about the Laffer Curve which describes exactly what you are talking about with taxes. I am sure their is a similar description for wages because when wages get too high and a company can not make any profit, it is no longer a worthwhile investment and then has to choose between possibly pricing themselves out of the market, laying staff off or shutting down, so as wages go up eventually jobs go down.
commented 2015-11-02 15:55:28 -0500
Joel said, “Let’s face the facts people, the problem is not with raising the minimum wage, the problem is that there are way too many greedy corporations who care more about their investors than they do about their own workers”

Sorry Joel, that is the socialist thinking.

Most employers are small businesses. When the minimum wage increases, they simply do not have the money to take that type of hit so as Egil Lomeland said, he has to “shorter opening hours to no paid lunch break and free food for the staff” and some have to layoff an employee or two.

Simple math, Joel. It is easy to blame the big bad evil corporation like a good little socialist, but the answer is most often not that simple.