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September 06, 2006

Alberta to Raise Minimum wage

Really now.   If you are an employer in this market and you aren't paying labour what they're worth then you are probably having higher than normal turnover.    As this article in the journal points out the main reason behind not raising the minimum wage to high is to prevent employers from hiring adults as opposed to students.  Currently the minimum wage is $7.  They are contemplating raising it to $8./ hour.  For more details visit the article from the Edmonton Journal below.

http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/business/story.html?id=77ac1644-65fd-4ed6-9d88-c529ca9d2b1c&k=99734

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This can't make too much of a difference. It seems that anyone who is only willing to pay 7 bucks an hour in this economy is going to have 'help wanted' signs up forever. I have heard complaints from the bar and restaurant owners though, because they can pay their staff minimum wage, as they all walk away with a decent amount of tips every night

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