The NDP’s hike in the minimum wage is about to make your groceries more expensive.
United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 401 representing 30,000 Safeway, Superstore and Sobeys workers in Alberta are promising to negotiate higher wages for all their members because the minimum wage is going up to $12.20 per hour in October 2017 and $15 per hour in October 2018.
This will cause employers, who operate our local grocery stores, to hike the cost of milk, bread and all the other things we need for our families every day - things struggling Albertans already have a hard time buying. And the increased cost of food will take another chunk out of the bottom line of Alberta's over stretched food banks.
Gil McGowan, head of the Alberta Federation of Labour said that unions fighting for a raise to the minimum wage wasn't about a clandestine fight for higher union wages. He said it was a fight for “fairness”.
These unions never do anything without getting something in return. And they spent a lot of money on the “Fight for 15” campaign in Alberta.
Just days after the announced minimum wage hike, the union representing 30,000 grocery store workers, showed us that in the end, the fight for 15 was about higher wages for unions.
All of this was a way for the NDP to wring out a raise for their union friends under the guise of “fairness”.