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On haves and have-nots - Jim Young

According to The Financial Post, about 60 percent of Sudbury's population earns less than $10 an hour in service or retail jobs.
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According to The Financial Post, about 60 percent of Sudbury's population earns less than $10 an hour in service or retail jobs. These statistics should be a wakeup call to politicians who are supposedly concerned about so many young people leaving our city to work. Their jobs are often part-time and do not have health benefits. Many have to work at more than one job to make ends meet. A worker making minimum wage who is fortunate to work 40 hours per week is still earning at the poverty level.

I am fortunate to receive an excellent pension as a result of being represented by a union. Recently as I shopped for building materials at retail stores, I was dismayed to see so many retirees with good pensions working at these low wage jobs. They may be hurting the cause of workers who are not as fortunate. Apparently, they are unconcerned that when they take these jobs, their employers do not need to attract young full-time employees through offers of higher wages and benefit plans.

Jim Young , Sudbury



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