Executive committee is advising against a living-wage policy for Regina city workers, which is a move that ‘could have been done’ according to one city Councillor.
Andrew Stevens was the lone vote for the living-wage policy, a move that six other places in Canada have adopted.
Stevens said about 300 city workers make less than what is considered the ‘living wage’ in Regina, which is at $16.95 an hour.
“They are child attendants, rec-program coordinators, and a lot of the people that you’d see on the front-end of the delivery of city services like cashiers and others, those working in the community.”
Stevens said this would only affect about 15% of city workers.
“If we compared it to partner-organizations that are coming forward at budget time that are looking for multi-million dollar increases, and have for years, this amount would actually pale in comparison,” Stevens said. “I think it sends a really important signal to the community and shows leadership that we actually value employees at that level.”
Stevens said workers that don’t work directly for the city may also feel the benefits of this change if it were to pass through council.
“If we’re sub-contracting our parking services for instance, what would be mandated through this policy is that those people would be paid a living wage, whatever that wage might be,” Stevens said. “So there is a spill-over effect for non-city employees.”
Introducing the living wage policy would cost the city about one point $1.1 Million.