(Jun. 10/15) Alberta’s new NDP government promised to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour by 2018. Yet, it has also pledged to grow employment. How does it plan to achieve both of these goals? Restaurants Canada is putting forth solutions to these contradictory objectives, but we need your help.
Here’s what we’re asking the government to do:
- Time minimum wage increases to match economic conditions.
- Introduce a starting wage for first-time job recipients and students under the age of 18.
- Maintain the gratuity wage differential for liquor servers.
Read our minimum wage submission to the government.
Here’s what you can do:
- Sign our petition, and share it with your colleagues and friends.
- Download these tools to explain how this increase will hurt Albertans, especially young people looking for their first job:
- Alberta’s Restaurant Industry Infographic – Get the numbers on how important the restaurant industry is to jobs and the economy in Alberta.
- Restaurant Business 101 Infographic– See why there will be fewer jobs for young workers if minimum wage rises too far too fast.
- Liquor Server Wage Infographic
- Employee Communiqué
- Tell Premier Notley, Minister Sigurdson and your MLA how their plans will hurt your employees.
- Take part in the government’s call for feedback. The government wants your input on:
- How to implement increases to achieve $15/hour by 2018.
- Phasing out the liquor server differential wage.
Send your opinions to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 16.
- Keep your managers and employees informed. Customize this sample template letter and send it to them.
See what we’ve been saying in the media
Restaurants Canada has been raising awareness on this issue in numerous media interviews. Here’s a sample:
- Canada Newswire Press Release
- Calgary Herald
- Calgary Herald Op/ed
- Edmonton Journal (June 10)
- Edmonton Journal (June 11)
- Global TV
- AM 770
- AM 630
- CBC Edmonton
- AM 630 (June 18)
Webinar briefing for members only
Restaurants Canada members: You can download our presentation from the minimum wage webinar briefing on June 8. Don’t have your login information? Contact our Member Services team.