Students’ unions wrong on minimum wage

Students’ unions across Canada pour a great deal of financial resources – which it expropriates from the student body via mandatory student union fees – into political actions. One popular cause of the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) is campaigns to increase the minimum wage. In 2013, the CFS-Ontario, which is composed of 38 students’ unions and more than 300,000 students, submitted a document to the province’s Minimum Wage Advisory Panel, in which it called for an immediate minimum wage hike to $14. Students’ union leaders met with organizers of a union- and activist-run campaign to raise the minimum wage, and donated $500 of students’ money to this campaign.