January 26th, 2018

Employees at Tim Hortons Deserve a Fair Workplace

The minimum wage debate has been raging in Canada.

Here in Alberta, it became a buzzword when Rachel Notley’s NDP government came into power and promised to gradually raise it to $15 an hour.

Ontario has now become the minimum wage talking point of the country with the wage rising to $14 an hour this month.

And at the centre of the debate over the last few weeks has been one of the most iconic Canadian chains – Tim Hortons.

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In response to the minimum wage raise, several Ontario locations took away paid breaks and cut contributions to their health plan. Other locations told employees that they could no longer accept tips.

The franchise owners blamed the Ontario government for the lack of assistance and financial help to deal with the recent rise in wage.

While the franchise owners are trying to use the ‘small business owner’ narrative – it should be noted that anyone who applies to own a Time Horton’s franchise must have a net worth of at least $1.5 million.

One of the franchises that cut employees paid breaks and benefits is owned by Jeri-Lynn Horton-Joyce (Tim Horton’s daughter) and Ron Joyce Jr. (the son of Ron Joyce, who co-founded the chain). According to VICE, Ron Joyce’s net worth is around 1.4 billion US.

It is estimated a Tim Hortons worker makes around $20,000 a year.

Tim Hortons released an official statement saying ‘Let us be perfectly clear. These recent actions by a few Restaurant Owners, and the unauthorized statements made to the media by a “rogue group” claiming to speak on behalf of Tim Hortons®, do not reflect the values of our brand.’

Canadians weren’t having it.

Protestors took to the streets from coast to coast to stand up for workers’ rights. Canadian’s know that this is wrong and are told Tim Hortons that they will not stand for it.

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Many have said that this is an example of why unions are needed now more than ever.

Martin Regg Cohn pointed out in a recent column for the Toronto Star that ‘governments can’t legislate against every injustice, the media can’t cover every story, and the public has a limited attention span.’ We need unions.

Unions make sure their members are treated fairly, work in a safe environment, are paid a fair wage, covered by proper health and welfare plans and are given the breaks they are deserved. They level the playing field between the employer and the employee – especially when the employer is a multibillion dollar company.

Teamsters 362 is proud to stand by Tim Hortons’ workers who deserve a fair workplace. Tim Hortons to many represents something engrained in Canadian society, so let’s make sure we take care of the people who work there.


3 Responses

  1. Ken says:

    What a ludicrous idea. Tim Hortons workers are paid more than a fair wage as it stands. Schlepping coffees is not rocket science and does not deserve to be paid as though it were. Another attempt at brainwashing the masses.

    • Kari says:

      As someone who tried very hard to support myself by working at Tim Horton’s during my college years I can tell you that”schlepping coffees” is only one of many duties TH employees are responsible for. A tougher part of the job is maintaining a polite and courteous attitude with ignorant/uninformed folks like yourself. What’s ludicrous is someone like you standing in judgement of them. Currently, rocket scientists make $100,000+ per annum. By that scale, why on earth would you begrudge TH employees a mere $15 per hour for all that they do?

  2. Chozo says:

    Well here is a question. Would you’s like to take a pay cut? Well neither would they. You’s have to understand, that it is the action of the government. The reason this is even happening is because the government wants more money. They will get it threw taxes. you will notice the cost of living will increase to match min wage hike. The liberal party has put us in a deficit and they are trying to recoup that lost money. But see what they should have done. Is reduced the cost of living. Reduce heat, hydro and taxes for small businesses. The businesses then can pass the savings on to the consumer and there for push consumerism to fill in the blank. Every one wants cheap stuff and will buy more of it when it is cheaper. There for no one would lose their jobs, no one would have to shut down their business. In fact they would flourish and bring more jobs on the market.

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