If the Boom's So Big, Why's My Paycheque So Small?



    
              Conference Looks at the State of Wages in Alberta

                 Treading Water: Workers, Wages and the Boom
                              September 28 & 29
                            Grant MacEwan College
                    Downtown Campus (105 Street Building)
    

    EDMONTON, Sept. 26 /CNW/ - Alberta is experiencing a boom of
unprecedented size, yet statistics are showing that workers' wages are not
keeping up with the cost of living. If the trend continues, it could spell
trouble for Alberta working families.
    The Alberta Federation of Labour and the Parkland Institute are
co-sponsoring a conference examining the state of wages and asking why workers
continue to fall behind, even in the good times. The conference begins on
Friday evening with a Keynote Address from Sam Gindin, the Packer Chair in
Social Justice at York University and the former economist for the Canadian
Autoworkers. The Saturday will consist of plenary sessions releasing new
research and panel presentations examining different parts of the labour
market, such as women, immigrants, low wage workers, and labour law.
    "Despite the stories we all hear about donut shops having to increase
their wage levels to keep workers, the statistics tell a different story,"
says Parkland Executive Director Ricardo Acuna. "For the average working
family, their wages are not keeping up with inflation. It makes you wonder who
is benefiting from the boom."
    "While the Alberta economy races ahead, Albertans' wages seem to be stuck
in neutral," says AFL President Gil McGowan. "The Conference is about trying
to understand why wages are not rising, and what we can do about it."

    Highlights of the Conference include:

    
    -   Keynote Address: "The Politics of Wages: Who's Holding you Back and
        Why", Sam Gindin (Friday, 7:00 p.m.)

    -   "Dude, Where's My Raise?", release of new research by AFL and
        Parkland on the state of wages in Alberta (Saturday 9:00 a.m.)

    -   "Getting More in Your Wallet", policy solutions for increasing
        workers wages (Saturday 3:30 p.m.)
    

    The Conference is completely open to the media, who are invited to attend
any portion of the event. For more information on the Conference and to see
the conference agenda, go to www.afl.org/wageconf.cfm.





For further information:

For further information: Gil McGowan, AFL President @ (780) 218-9888
(cell); Ricardo Acuna, Executive Director, Parkland @ (780) 492-8558, (780)
951-7180 (cell)

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