Last month, the province of Alberta announced that it would be reducing the minimum wage for youth in the province, but not all businesses will follow suit. Alberta's youth minimum wage cut will become effective this week but many businesses will not be reducing their salary for youth. Over 100 Alberta organizations have now promised to keep minimum wage the same for students as it was before the new law.
Alberta 15 is a website that shows which businesses will not be reducing students' wages in light of the new optional law, and keeping all minimum salaries at $15 an hour. The site describes itself as "a place for employers in Alberta to proudly proclaim that they pay a living wage to their employees so Albertans that care can support people who build and support our province."
Over 100 organizations have now been listed on the website. Several types of businesses have commited to not cutting their wages, such as restaurants, breweries, retail stores and more. For instance, Costco Wholesale, Popeye's Louisiana Chicken, Honda West have all pledged to keep minimum wage the same for all employees, on the website.
"Young employees deserve to make the same wage as those over 18 and should not be asked to negotiate for a living because they are students. Employers that hire people should hire based on the job being viable, period," states the website.
"Today, we invite all employers in this great province that care about all workers to stand up and be counted as an 'Alberta15' company. You have customers waiting to support you for contributing back to this fine province. Stand up an be counted."
Jason Kenney announced the new minimum wage law last month in May. He said that the law would result in more job opportunities for youth.
Alberta's current minimum wage is $15 per hour, which is the highest in the country. The new wage cut will affect all teenagers under 18-years-old in the province who are enrolled as students.
Under the new law, businesses will have the option to pay teenagers a minimum of $13 per hour for the first 28 hours per week that they work during the school year, and then $15 per hour after that.