Open Letter: Premier, give low-income Manitobans a raise

MFL and over 60 organizations call of increase to minimum wage.

In an open letter today, MFL President Kevin Rebeck and more than 60 community, labour and non-profit organizations called on Premier Pallister to increase the minimum wage.

“Minimum wage earners are moms and dads, everyday folks, who are working to make ends meet. That’s why every province, except Manitoba and one other, will increase the minimum wage this year,” said Rebeck. “The new government’s freeze will force already struggling families to make impossible choices between paying rent and buying groceries.”

For nearly two decades, Manitoba’s minimum wage has increased each year. Calculations by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Manitoba show that without an annual increase, inflation leaves minimum wage earners $400 worse off, each year.

“People who are working full-time shouldn’t have to live in poverty,” said Make Poverty History Manitoba Chair, Josh Brandon. “The best way out of poverty should be working a full-time job, but Manitoba’s minimum wage is keeping full-time workers below the poverty line.”

Rebeck noted that sixty percent of Manitoba’s minimum wage earners are women, many with children.
“Premier Pallister, please lift your freeze on the minimum wage and give low-income Manitobans a raise. Every Manitoban deserves a living wage,” said Rebeck.

Read the Open Letter to the Premier

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