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Alberta postsecondary staff have been receiving smaller wage increases for years

Earlier this month, the Alberta government published the collective agreement wage tables, effective as of October 2021. The monthly update shows the wage increases for post-secondary academic and non-academic employees, as negotiated in bargaining sessions between employee groups and the postsecondary institutions where they worked. The data dates back to 2006. I’m going to focus […]

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New report claims living wage for Lethbridge family of 4 is $15 an hour

Alberta Living Wage Network calculated that a Lethbridge family of 4 could cover their living needs if both parents were working full-time and making $15 an hour.

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Debunked: Alberta minimum wage workers aren’t mostly teens

Since 2011, the Alberta government has been publishing the “Alberta minimum wage profile”, a summary of the demographic information regarding those whose average hourly earnings are at or below minimum wage. This past June, the government added the minimum wage profile for workers during the period between October 2019 and September 2020. This was the […]

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Alberta goods more affordable than they were 20 years ago

Alberta workers making the province’s median wage could better afford the cost of living in 2020 than they could in 2000.

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Canada’s (and Alberta’s) gender wage gap during the pandemic

Female part-time workers in Canada made more than their male counterparts over the last year. It was the reverse for full-time workers.

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Why we should abolish tipping

Every time we tip, we reinforce the idea that business owners can pay their workers less because they make so much in tips.

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Albertans’ weekly pay is higher than those in other provinces

The Alberta government recently released data for weekly earnings in the province. I found data for all the provinces.

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Opinion

Why capitalists don’t care about low wages

Capitalists don’t care that for many people, wages aren’t high enough to sustain a decent lifestyle, one where you don’t have to worry about how you’ll pay your bills or where you next meal will come from. They don’t care that low wages reduces purchasing power of consumers. They don’t care that raising wages would […]

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What Travis Toews got wrong while criticizing AUPE

Cutting salaries and cutting positions makes a bad economy worse, not better.

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Alberta’s 20 highest paid executives made over $200M in 2019

Most of them were in oil and gas.