Minimum Wage Increase
Alma Mann Scott, former healthcare aide on disability
It’s affected me. If you’re like me, looking for a job, it’s enough to survive. It wouldn’t make me rich, but it’d be a half-decent life. I’d have enough to pay the bills.
Chris Beaulieu, currently unemployed former Gas Bar worker
Doesn’t affect me ‘cause I don’t have a job.
Adebanwi Elemeje, first-year general arts student
No affect. I’m not working. I’m dependent on my husband.
Sarah Hansen, Grade 12 student, University of Winnipeg Collegiate
I have been affected, because I work at minimum wage and don’t work many hours, so it’s pretty significant.
Shinna Beaulieu, second-year biology student
I don’t know how I’ve been affected. I don’t think I have.
Jacek Kwiatkowski, self-employed
I won’t be able to tell much, as I’m a visitor to Manitoba. I applaud actions of the government to help the working poor because you string together a living on minimum wage, at the same time it may hurt job creation.
Published in Volume 65, Number 8 of The Uniter (October 21, 2010)