Progress Alberta calls for wage rollback of anti-minimum wage advocates

Amber Ruddy of CFIB, Mark von Schellwitz of Restaurants Canada and Paige MacPherson of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation should rollback their salaries

Amber Ruddy of CFIB, Mark von Schellwitz of Restaurants Canada and Paige MacPherson of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation should rollback their salaries 

Progress Alberta is calling for Amber Ruddy of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Mark von Schellwitz of Restaurants Canada and Paige MacPherson of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation to roll back their salaries to $15 an hour as a demonstration of leadership and solidarity with minimum wage workers across the province.

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“As the Alberta government gets set to announce the roadmap to a $15 minimum wage by 2018, these anti-minimum wage advocates should roll back their own wages as a demonstration of leadership and solidarity with minimum wage workers across the province” said Progress Alberta executive director Duncan Kinney.

According to the easytax.ca payroll calculator, $15 an hour at 40 hours a week means a two-week take home paycheque of $987.  

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While the salaries of the three are currently unknown given that their organizations lack of any real physical assets salaries are most likely their biggest single expense. Cutting their salaries to $15 an hour would be an important show of leadership during this tough economic time and also to the roughly 300,000 Albertans who will see their wages go up under a $15 minimum wage. And let's not underestimate what this rollback would do for their organization's bottom line during an economic downturn. 

In media stories on the issue Mark von Schellwitz has said his group doesn’t have a philosophical objection to a $15 minimum wage, instead he calls it a timing issue. Progress Alberta calls on von Schellwitz and Alberta's other anti-minimum wage advocates to specify when the best time to introduce a $15 minimum wage would be. 

We're hopeful that this announcement will get just as much press as the Canadian Taxpayer Federation's very serious pronouncements that we need to roll back teacher's wages and for Calgary's city council to take a pay cut