Donnie wants to make tip-stealing by employers legal, and this is who FUX Snooze digs up to defend his shitty policies? Listen to him. And to what the Turks dug up about his past as a “hard-working” credit card fraudster. Working people are being punished in Donnie’s “great again” US of Amnesia, while schmucks like this are being lionized on Donnie’s unofficial state crapaganda channel.
And he even whines about his “uneducated” customers, who are understandably upset that his cheap ass is passing the costs down to them, instead of taking a lower profit, like a decent owner would learn how to do. He’s a fine one to talk about lack of education; he can’t even talk grammatically. What do you bet that his steakhouses don’t pass a health inspection, either? (Mar-a-Lago certainly doesn’t. And yet somehow Donnie manages to find idiots willing to pay $100,000 and more to eat caviar served with plastic spoons. Maybe “Jack” there has a point about uneducated customers!)
Meanwhile, to cure that amnesia, we have a blast from the past up here in Ontario:
When the provincial government introduced hourly minimum-wage legislation in 1963, opponents of the move predicted doomsday scenarios. Diners going under. Staffing reductions. Costs passed on to consumers. Implementation of minimum tabs. And, worst of all, the demise of the 10-cent cup of coffee, a staple since the Second World War. “After all,” Dalton Waller, president of the Canadian Restaurant Association, observed in an interview with the Toronto Daily Star, “this is an industry that takes in many unskilled people, folks who don’t speak the Queen’s English or any English.” Waller also warned: “You start paying it to the fellow who does menial tasks and pretty soon everyone above him feels they ought to get more too.”
The previous year, the Star had investigated low wages in Ontario restaurants. Workers were generally paid between 55 and 73 cents an hour, but the newspaper reported that “a majority of restaurant owners say their employees aren’t even worth that.” The most exploited were male immigrants — the Star highlighted the example of one Hungarian cook in Toronto who earned $35 for a 91-hour week.
Organized labour, the media, and the opposition at Queen’s Park called on the Conservative government to implement an hourly minimum wage. While female workers (apart from domestics and farm labourers) had had a set weekly minimum since the early 1920s, males negotiated rates with employers via the Industrial Standards Act. Benefits such as paid vacations, 48-hour work weeks, and a framework for pay equity were added over time, but in the early 1960s, Ontario was one of only three provinces to lack a minimum wage for men.
Proponents of a minimum wage suggested a $1.25 hourly rate, which was based on what was being implemented across the United States. That rate was higher than those in other provinces, which in 1962 ranged from 50 cents in Newfoundland to 75 cents in British Columbia. The Canadian Labour Congress pointed to an American Senate committee’s view on the effects of failing to protect low-wage earners: “The burden falls on the community and its relief rolls, and the community also bears the incalculable cost of the waste of human resources, loss of human dignity and the intolerable social and economic evils that prey upon the underpaid worker, his family, his children and upon his neighbourhood.”
Imagine that! Once upon a time, the United States was leading the way in paying minimum wages, and Ontario workers, activists, and even the Conservative (!) provincial government of the way sat up and took notice! And even more important, they realized that underpaid workers were costing the government in terms of “relief rolls” — or what we would now call WELFARE. In other words, the government of the day was telling owners to pay up fair and square, because if they didn’t, it was going to come out of their taxes. Higher taxes or higher wages, fellas…pick one! (And read the rest of the article too, it’s a doozer.)
Of course, up here, we’re also seeing backlash to the raising of the minimum wage. And the fact that consumers (who are also employees, often paid minimum wage or little more themselves) are waking up to the power of taking their hard-earned dollars elsewhere.
Maybe “Uncle Jack” will sit up and take note himself when he suddenly finds himself with not only a shortage of good help — oh sorry, “SERVANTS” — but also a sudden lack “uneducated” customers who turn out to be too smart to eat at his steakhouse.
PS: Oh gawd, it gets worse. According to Sam Seder and friends, this bozo is going to come out with a blog that’s a “no-holds-barred” take on the restaurant industry?
In that case, he might want to take some advice from this crazy Canuck right here, whose family has been running hotels and restaurants for over 50 years: Cut back on what you pay yourself, and cut back on the alcohols you serve, because that shit guzzles money like mad. Unless, of course, you LIKE hemorrhaging employees (and customers, too). In which case, keep going on FUX Snooze in your goombah suit and play the big-shot victim. I’m sure that won’t come back to bite your ass at ALL!