In The Fight for a $15 Minimum Wage in Saskatchewan, University of Regina Business professor Dr. Andrew Stevens explodes many of the more prevalent myths about the minimum wage and minimum wage workers. Dr. Stevens shows that minimum wage workers can no longer be perceived as mostly teenagers working part-time in a small family-run business. Rather, minimum wage earners in the province are older, disproportionately female and many work for large, corporate employers. As Dr. Stevens argues, these realities need to guide us in any debate over a $15 per hour minimum wage rather than the myths and distortions that seem to regularly dominate arguments over raising the minimum wage in Saskatchewan.
Dr. Andrew Stevens is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of Regina. He teaches and researches in the areas of industrial relations, sociology of work, political economy, and migrant labour. In 2014, he published Temporary Foreign Workers in Saskatchewan’s “Booming” Economy with the Saskatchewan Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.