CBC News broke the story broke this week that workers at the Division Street Tim Horton’s location in Cobourg were being denied their paid breaks and various benefits as a result of the increased minimum wage in Ontario. Other stories have emerged about employer efforts to mute the effects of higher minimum wages by effectively reducing their labour costs, including this Twitter thread by @AndrayDomise. (See his news story here.) A piece posted today by CBC News does a good job of summing-up the stories that have so far been confirmed by journalists in Ontario.
The reactions I have seen to this news on social media has focused on employer greed. In the statement Premier Wynn issued about the story, the focus is employer bullying. Some commentators have stated that something like this was bound to happen, given the business rationale for keeping costs down and the challenge of managing such an unusually large wage hike. But another common theme has been that the story reveals the need for unions. This tweet by Bruce Anderson is an example.