Alberta’s Minimum Wage is Exceeded at Earth’s General Store

On October 1st, 2017, Alberta’s minimum wage is being raised to 13.60$ per hour. This will be a big boost for people presently earning minimum wage. We take great pride to know that Alberta’s Minimum Wage is Exceeded at Earth’s General Store.

Since the announcement of the new minimum wage in 2015, Earth’s General Store has exceeded the set rate by 1$. We will not meet our goal of the one dollar premium at this stage, but we will exceed the minimum wage rate by 40 cents.

All staff member are being presently paid one dollar above the present 13.60$ per hour rate. Future new hires will start at the store at 14$ per hour for the first month and will be raised to 14.60$ per hour over our probation period of 90 days.

It is good to know that our present government has committed to help the many people that are struggling in our economy who are presently earning a minimum wage. But this creates a dilemma for companies like us. If the bottom wage rate is increased how do we respect those people that have been with our store for several years and have experience and responsibilities that a new hire does not have? It seems it will flatten out the wage gap in our company since we only have so much money that we can

It seems it will flatten out the wage gap in our company since we only have so much money that we can allocate to staffing costs. This is something that concerns me. Most people accept that with greater responsibility, knowledge, and experience they will be better financially rewarded.

We want to see wages raised for everyone so that they earn a ‘living wage’ and the financial compensation they get justly rewards them for their knowledge, experience, and the responsibilities they have. Everyone in our world deserves to receive a just compensation for their labour so they can participate in the society they live in. That is why we participate in the Fair Trade system and we have taken to take action in our small way by ensuring our staff are financially respected.

Here is the option piece I wrote back in 2015 about my praise and concerns about the minimum wage.

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