Open Sesame is a progressive business that tries to promote social justice. How could it do that without treating its own employees properly? It would be impossible for Open Sesame to present the exhibitions, concerts, and other programs it offers without the talent and expertise of our staff. Recognizing the value of their labour seems like a good business decision as well as the right thing to do.
We want our employees to feel that working at Brick & Co. Restorations can be considered a career, as opposed to just a job until something better comes along.
As as organization we believe that income inequality and the growing gap between the rich and poor is a major challenge facing western democracies. As such, we see the commitment to a living wage as a fundamental foundation to addressing these challenges.
We want to provide a high quality of life for our employees and partners. Happy and healthy employees make for a harmonious work environment, which leads to long term employees, joyful days and good business.
The KW-Multicultural Centre is committed to fostering equitable work environments for new Canadians. We practice our values by ensuring that the diversity of our clientele is reflected in the diversity of our staff and volunteers. One of our mandates is to help new Canadians find meaningful, fair-paying employment commensurate with the skills they have brought from home. This work starts with our own employees, ensuring they have the workplace benefits and wages to continue doing good work.
Paying a living wage is simply the right thing to do. Our staff is so dedicated to their work and they make a difference every day. They deserve respect and one way we can do this is by paying a living wage.
In professional consulting, and architecture in particular there has long been an unspoken system of underpaid or unpaid internships. This has the effect of creating a false economy for our profession, which undermines perception of the value of our work ot customers and often results in a race to the bottom on fees. In providing a better than living wage to all employees we are taking a stand in establishing fair value for work for people entering the industry and our customers.
For more than 110 years, the relief of poverty has been the primary charitable purpose of the YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo. We provide programs and services to support women, youth and children who live on the streets and in homeless shelters. And we help those who are housed but struggle with inadequate income to maintain their housing and to make ends meet. We see poverty every day and we see what is does to the people it affects and to our society. One of the ways that we can fight poverty in our community is to ensure that our own employees are paid a living wage, and to encourage other businesses-charitable and for-profit – tod do the same. And that’s why YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo is a living wage employer.
The discussion at our board of directors meeting was simple: we respect our employees, honour their contributions, want to ensure they have what they need for a decent life for their families, and want them to stay for the long-term. Committing to being a Living Wage Champion is a step in that direction.
Our business philosophy is ‘Putting People First’. Paying a living wage has been a part of our business. We feel it is good for business and good for the community.
The 2018 living wage rate in Waterloo region is
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It is with sadness that we mark the passing of our friend and colleague Trudy Beaulne who died suddenly on Friday, January 5, 2018. Trudy was the Executive Director of the Social Development Centre of Waterloo Region and was a founding member of Living Wage Waterloo Region. We are grateful for Trudy’s contributions to LWWR and to building a more just and inclusive community in Waterloo Region.