Local business paints a rosier future for our community ~ Join us in recognizing
H.D. Painting as a Living Wage Employer on Thursday, May 24 at 9am at 4 Spackman
Blvd, St. Thomas.
Over half a million people in Ontario make less than a living wage. Yet, paying
a living wage is more than just proof of a corporation's core values or the company's
support for social justice; it also makes good business sense: It increases retention
rates, reduces absenteeism, improves morale and boosts productivity. And upping
the spending power of families stimulates the local economy.
Living Wage Employer Program
Living wage employers are leaders amongst their peers. And, in St. Thomas-Elgin,
a growing number of forward-thinking employers are supporting the living wage in
terms of the benefits it can have for their business and for the health of their
workforce. One of those living wage employers is H.D. Painting, a leader in the
painting community and a company that has served Southwestern Ontario for over 25
years. Henry Dryfhout, owner and CEO of this family-run business, knows the importance
of supporting his employees and his community by paying a living wage. H.D. Painting
joins other progressive businesses in our community, such as Steelway Building Systems,
in paying at or above the living wage of $16.03 as calculated by Living Wage St.
The Living Wage Employer Program certifies the organization as a living wage employer
and offers recognition for the company's commitment to the community. More information
on Living Wage Employer Program is available at www.ontariolivingwage.ca
Celebrating Living Wage Employers is an opportunity to highlight the Living Wage
Employer Program and the importance of a living wage to the St. Thomas-Elgin community.
Ontario's 30+ living wage communities and 160+ living wage employers are turning
a basic idea into a province-wide movement.
Ontario Living Wage Network
A growing number of supporters recognize the living wage as a call to action and
an achievable poverty reduction strategy. “We are a network of employers, employees,
NGOs, non-profits, and researchers who are championing and showcasing the growing
wave of living wage initiatives in every corner of Ontario,” says Greg deGroot-Maggetti,
Chair of the Ontario Living Wage Network.
To learn more about the St. Thomas-Elgin Living Wage Calculation, visit: www.livingwagestthomas.com or