Cornwall Ontario – Michelle Matos, one of the franchise owners here in Cornwall wanted to clarify her stores position after our story of yesterday where customers and workers are upset with draconian measure being taken by some outlets after Minimum wages were increased to $14 per hour as of January 1st in Ontario. LINK
Here is her statement UNEDITED.
Hello Jamie,I am writing you in response to your recent article published regarding Tim Horton employees. I want to clarify that there are several families that own the Tim Horton restaurants in town and not just the Moyer family. There are two sets of first and second generations who have ownership and pride. My husband and I along with my parents the Moyer’s had decided when we heard of the increase in minimum wage, we thought of strategies how we can save money in other ways that did not effect our team. ie telephone bills, paper costs. January always brings small business owners to cut hours due to the soft sales. However we calculated that if each employee got cut eight hours they would still be getting paid as much as working 40 hours in 2017. We usually just cut hours until we launch Roll Up The Rim in February. We have not made any changes to our current employees benefits or paid breaks. In fact I was on the phone at 6am with each restaurant to assure them that these changes have not been made in our operated restaurants.It was nice speaking with you this morning and I hope this puts amend to our past misunderstood relationship.Sincerely,Michelle MatosOwner/Operator of Tim Hortonsps. We own Marleau, Cornwall Square, Lancaster, Boundary, Second Street, Montreal Road