The HDLC will be continuing its work this year to ensure EVERY Hamilton worker INCLUDING STUDENTS receives at least a living wage of $16.45/hr.
Student workers are currently the ONLY group of City of Hamilton employees not making a living wage. We do plan initiatives to work to EVERYONE across the entire workforce in the city making at least a living wage, but we feel the City of Hamilton is an important step to help us do so.
Many Councillors think student jobs are just for "beer money" and that it's "socialist" to have students valued for their work. We disagree. Living Wage is a poverty line wage; minimum wage is below poverty.