United Way calculates living wage should be $22.00/hour. Comments? See article below:
OwenSound & District Chamber of Commerce
I do not find this whole line of living wage analysis and profile to be very helpful from a wage determination perspective. In fact I think that calling $22 an hour a living "wage" is misleading . It's better labelled a living "need" which needs in part to be met by a fair labour market but also by other social safety net systems like progressive income taxes and welfare among others.
It's arbitrary for Francesca to pick a single mother and two kids. What if it's a single father and six kids? Should the living wage then be $40 per hour?
What if you are a single young person living with other singles and your so called living wage is $10? Is that what Francesca thinks he/ she should be paid? I bet not.
What would be informative is the actual profile of low wage workers in the OS community. How many single mothers with 2 children are there? How representative is it? Should we have a whole bunch of living wages depending on your marital status and fecundity? Last time I checked the Trudeau government is quite generous in subsidizing single families with kids.
To repeat, this is not a labour market issue other than that the single mother deserves to be paid fairly as determined by competitive, economic factors.