Toronto Plans To Pay People Less Than Minimum Wage To Work On Election Day
Is this legal?
Working for less than minimum wage is supposed to be illegal. As of right now that wage is $14 dollars an hour.
But it seems that the City Of Toronto is actually going to be paying people less than that to help out with the Ontario election next month.
There’s 3 different jobs were you’ll be getting less than $14 an hour for doing them.
Those 3 positions are for: Accessibility or Information Officer (AIO), Tabulator Deputy Returning Officer (TDRO), and Voter Assist Terminal Officer (VATO).
All 3 of these jobs pay $170 for the day, which normally would be great but the hours are so long that it works out to less than minimum wage.
On the City of Toronto’s job site the AIO job is said to have an hour-long training session, the people doing it will be working on election day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. for a total of 13 hours when you include the training.
That works out to $13.08 an hour.
For the TDRO position also has an hour-long training session and the people doing it will be working from 8:30 A.M. to 9 P.M.
That’s $12.50 for 13.5 hours with the training session.
And for the VATO job there’s also an hour-long training followed by working from 8:30 A.M. - 9 P.M. for a total of 13.5 hours with the training.
That’s the same pay as the TDRO position at $12.50 an hour.
People on Reddit were were pretty pissed off about a post that was made pointing out these facts, as well as to share their own experiences working for an election.
So, while you’ll certainly do an important job helping out with the election, you won’t actually be paid minimum wage.