TORONTO — The premier of Ontario is accusing the children of Tim Hortons’ billionaire co-founders of bullying their employees by reducing their benefits in response to the province’s increased minimum wage.
In a letter to workers at two Tim Hortons restaurants in Cobourg, Ont., Ron Joyce Jr. and Jeri Horton-Joyce said that as of Jan. 1, staff would no longer be entitled to paid breaks, and would have to pay a portion of the costs for dental and health benefits to offset the $2.40 jump in the hourly minimum wage.
Premier Kathleen Wynne says if Joyce Jr. wants to challenge the Ontario government policy, he should come directly to her and not take it out on his workers.
While the changes announced in the letter — dated December 2017 — are not a violation of Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, Wynne says she wants Joyce Jr. to reverse his decision.
The cutback in benefits and wages at the two locations, which came into effect Jan. 1, follow the rise in Ontario’s minimum wage from $11.60 an hour to $14 this week.
A Tim Hortons spokesperson has declined to comment on the letter, but said franchisees are responsible for handling all employment matters at their restaurants while complying with all applicable laws and regulations.
The Canadian Press
Tim Hortons are greedy bastards!
What businesses has Wynne run in her life? Is she qualified to question a successful franchise’s business decisions? She’s a dead woman walking – politically speaking.
jeebus..where do these people come from…who elects them??!!
Correct me if I’m wrong here, but I was always under the assumption that Tim Hortons was unionized!?
That’s what I heard anyway!
People are actually falling for Wynnes comments…it’s gonna get worse…just wait.
Wynne has to be the most hated politician on Canada these days…but…do not count her out. The Conservatives may just give her the election AGAIN…like they did last time. Remember…Wynne gets a lot of votes in the GTA….enough to win without the northern vote. Heaven help us if she WYNNIES again.
What’s a mortal coil anyway?
Yeah no coil
Don’t care what she says, does, or is. Call me when she’s shuffled loose the mortal coil.
So the evil business owner that paid over minimum wage, provided medical benefits, paid breaks and other perks that now has to pull back on some of these because of the government decision to increase costs over 26% all at once is a bully…. hmmmmm
the liberals caused this mess go to hell wynne
Upping wages best thing they did..
Caroline Margaret Robinson wrong
might be a nail in wynnes coffin so ya its good
Caroline Margaret Robinson you couldn’t possibly be more wrong. Will it get people off welfare? Nope. Will it create more jobs? Nope. Will you get to take more home after each cheque? Nope. Here’s why. Employers won’t be able to hire full time employees, just part time employees. To reduce on benefits cost. Ontario has one of the highest insurance rates in the world. Part time employees don’t get benefits. So you and your 15$ may never see 40 hrs a week. Your income tax rate has gone up so you will bring home no more money then you did before. The wage increase drives up the cost of living. Now that coffee and donut is 5$. Loaf of bread, 6$. Jug of milk 8$. Can you see just the tip of this iceberg? Only person this is good for is the tax collector
Well said Josh Gauthier
SHES ONE OF THEM ,
So ur going to boycott local franchises and their employees for a decision by 1 Tim’s location not even in our city? That makes no sense.
SHE is talking about BULLYING??? That’s hilarious, lol. Look at what her and the liberals are doing to small business owner’s, doctors, and other professionals! THAT is bullying.
the only bully here is wynne forcing companies and businesses to pay $14 per hour, then $15 per hour next year.
That is precious.🤐
Go suck a sausage
seeing as the only store reported to have cut employee benefits and blaming it on the wage increase, shes not wrong.
Labour laws would frown on their behavior, how do they get away with it….😬
Good question. I would think they could only take away anything ‘extra and As long as they meet the minimum legal requirements, there would he nothing illegal about it. Pissing off your entire workforce is another thing.
Be prepared for more companies aiming to meet the bare minimum
The liberal agenda will force the hands of many small-business owners if not put them out of business
so, statusquo then
Mark Fluter exactly…the new bare minimum is now going to be 30% more for small business. Tim’s didn’t have to provide benefits to their employees and have cut them as a result of the store seeing a huge increase in labour costs. It’s really not about whether or not they are wealthy. All small businesses need to turn a profit to survive. They are not charities. 30% in two years is charity.
She has a valid point concerning Tim Hortons heirs, they should be ashamed of themselves with their behavior towards employees, never enough $ for them, and takes it away from people who deserve it, lost a customer here, for sure, although I am a McCafe fan, better coffee and better lids, and right now $1….
uh ya THEY’RE the bullies
Bitch please!! You bullies everyone in Ontario in to a carbon tax among other things like teaching our young children sexual shit that is OUR JOBS AS PARENTS TO TEACH PUR CHILDREN, not some no body teacher!! You took away my RIGHTS to decide when the appropriate time is to have those conversations among my children… back off lady!! You are the only and real bully here. Shut up, sit down!!
Remember these people she’s talking about also pulled the immigrant workers scam as well. Sadly, she’s right on this one issue.
Any moron could see that increasing minimum wage by $2.40 per hour overnight is a thoughtless, brainless move and was going to have immediate repercussions. This is just the tip of the iceberg and goes to show you that Wynne is much less intelligent than a moron and needs to resign immediately, so does Trudeau who is helping drive us into the poor house deeper every passing day. The upcoming elections cannot come fast enough to rid Canada of these fools.
She is pure dumb – people who run a business have to succeed by the numbers. There will be more moves and layoffs due to this dumb premier.
For a buck more an hour…
Tim Hortons is a viable business, it’s bullshit what they’re are doing?
Must be hard for a bunch of billionaires to have to pay their workers $15 hr. We may have to take up a collection.
Wow.. billionaires? Do you even know what a franchise is? How it works? They pay royalties to run one. They don’t make billions or everyone would buy one. Please don’t make stupid comments about anything you know little about. You just lead the stupid sheep around in circles
They are billionaires ya dumb tool!!
The Premier of Ontario’s ineptness is showing again.
No ineptness with upping the minimum wage, she got this right this time👍
Caroline Margaret Robinson not really … people will get less hours … also she did it because it’s election year and you may get paid more but they are taking it away with everything else going up and your hydro… I am voting her out !!!
Caroline Margaret Robinson and companies moving out of ontario u watch like heinz did they will go find a cheaper labour force
Robyn Hunter yes me too she destroyed ontario along with idiot trudeau
tim hortons will screw themselves no staff no stores period
She is inept…yes minimum wage should have been raised but not the way she did it. It proves she does not understand economics. The Lib’s plan – if you can call it that – was not well thought out.
Robyn Hunter, a raise is never bad, did not vote Liberal, and never will🙂
This idiot was never voted in! She was appointed after Mcguinty was forced to resign!
This may be the bing smart thing she’s ever said lol
Boycott the bastards.
Boycotts work. I’m in.
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