Unions picket Scarborough Tim Hortons to protest 'petty' employer cuts

The association representing many of the Tim Hortons franchises in Canada says Ontario's minimum wage hike will cost the average outlet $243,889 per year

Price increases take time to calculate and roll out, he said, so large companies with many locations or franchises that didn't plan ahead might have been in a scramble to adjust to the hike and target their workers instead.

The government justifies this increase by referencing the multiplier effect.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.

"I think the wage at where it is now, you can live off of it - it's just that people are spending on things that they don't need to", Bernards said. The same goes for all the franchisee owners all over Ontario, and that's not just Tim Hortons.

Employers are obliged to uphold the law but they may make decisions - whether it's staff layoffs, reduced hours or cutting benefits - they feel are necessary to stay in business, he said.

How nice. Tim Hortons founders' heirs are using its workers - the most vulnerable-young adults, seniors, people who are disabled, temporary foreign workers - as pawns. And an Ottawa union is starting a hotline for employees in the province to tell their stories about what is happening to them.

A representative of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), whose members include small and medium-sized companies, took 14 tries to get through the busy signal last week, and an online education session arranged by the labour ministry has been scheduled for the end of January.

The parallels in these two mistakes are blatantly obvious. The franchisees could have shown they were taking the steps they took out of necessity, countering the argument they were punishing employees.


However, I do have fond memories of my early teenaged years in Galt, when one of my friends got a job at one of the stores, back when there weren't almost as many as there are today and the company wasn't owned by an global conglomeration. Their business consists of selling low cost products in high volumes.

In a statement Monday, Tim Hortons head office said franchisees could offset costs by analyzing their top-line sales, operational efficiencies, and savings on equipment and costs such as waste management.

Yet even as he complained about non-compliance, Flynn admitted that a ministry employment standards hotline that was supposed to respond to employer questions about the new legislation was not able to meet demand.

They really played it badly.

"Tim Hortons corporate in 2016 made $3-billion in profit and their CEO Daniel Schwartz made over $6-million in that same year, so shame on Tim Hortons for treating these employees in this way", said Dalton.

Arthur Weinreb is an author, columnist and Associate Editor of Canada Free Press. Racism and the Death of Trayvon Martin is also available at Smashwords.

"This is not the first time the media have gotten worked up about the wrong numbers", observed Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives analyst Michal Rozworski in a thoughtful commentary on how the note was reported and what it actually said.

Pretty much every Saturday would find my other friends and I making the long march to the Hespeler Highway store for our free doughnut (which we probably weren't supposed to have!), and the heady feeling of sitting at the counter chatting with our friend between customers.

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