New Wage Order


I woke up around 5 and couldn't get back to sleep.

I have to work today. I'm not particularly worried about this, as I think it'll be like Christmas Day and Boxing Day - deader than a doornail. I had all the angry people yesterday - the one who called me a fucking thief, the one who kept telling me to shut up, and the one who told me to fuck off because she didn't like our prices. (Note: Only one of them was intoxicated.) Today being a stat and all, means I get paid time and a half - for at least the pittance of time I'm guessing they'll make me stay, and stat pay for the day regardless. And, thankfully, as of today, that stat pay is going to be a little higher, due to the minimum wage hikes the Ontario government put through last month.

Let me put that in perspective: This new minimum wage means that I will no longer have to live several thousand dollars below the federal poverty line. Sobering thought, right? That someone working a full-time job could still be living below the poverty line?

So, I am going to take my new wage of $15.40 * an hour (still not a living wage, per se; but I'm grateful for it), and pay my bills, start doing things I couldn't do on my former wage (necessities as well as extras), and maybe start putting money into my RDSP again, and be happy about the fact that the poverty line is no longer something I have to crane my neck to look up at.

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* People who work from home for a company earn a higher minimum wage than those who work outside the home. I have yet to find out why this is so. The Labour ministry didn't know, and the government officials I contacted regarding it never responded. I'm not going to complain, it benefits me; but I really would love to know the reasoning behind it. The minimum wage went up to $14 an hour for those working jobs outside the home - those who aren't servers or students, that is - and will go up to $15 for them next year, $16.50 for me.



2018 01 01 - 06:04

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