Living wages important

Re: Jim Bergot’s letter to the editor of November 5 about wages for town employees.

Re: Jim Bergot’s letter to the editor of November 5 about wages for town employees.

I was actually surprised to read his comments. I am a union worker and have been for 20 years. We all have to start somewhere in our careers. I support paying a decent wage to people because in turn it supports not only our families but also our communities.

The cost of living is becoming extreme. The rich are getting richer and the poor, poorer. There is a diminishing middle class in Canada. People are struggling to pay the rents and pay for food for their families.

This inequity shouldn’t be allowed in Canada. Canada is one of the richest country in the G8. Our citizens deserve improved wages.

Unions in Canada provide security and helps to provide stability for families. Youth unemployment is 30-40 per cent in Canada — what is this saying for our youth? How can they pay for their education and their dreams when people don’t give them a chance to learn and succeed?

If we don’t pay for a decent living wage for our workers we will see a higher turnover in the jobs, less commitment of members, less respect in the work. Income is the biggest health benefit for population health.

By paying a decent wages, we are investing in Canadians and our future.

Tammy Ronkainen

Nanoose Bay