Cornwall Tim Hortons Franchise Owner Michelle Matos Responds to CFN Story 010418

Cornwall Tim Hortons Franchise Owner Michelle Matos Responds to CFN Story 010418

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 Matos
Owner/Operator of Tim Hortons
ps. We own Marleau, Cornwall Square, Lancaster, Boundary, Second Street, Montreal Road



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Bob
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Very professional and responsible response to your article.

Hugger1
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Even cutting eight hours out of one week will affect some employees. That’s the same as them not working one day. To some that WILL matter. The rise in the minimum wage was to help employees. As we’ve seen sine Jan 1 it is having the opposite affect. Business owners will find ways to help them maintain their same level of profit, most of it on the backs of employees. Surprise, surprise!!

This guy
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The worst part of all this is that employees that have been there for 10-15 years are going to make the same at employees that have been there for 10-15 days. Now on top of it all, hours are been cut.

David Oldham
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Cutting back 8 hrs. may replicate what an employee was taking home prior to Jan. 1st however factor in that consumer goods escalated in advance and the new carbon tax and the harsh reality is that minimum wage earners have not gained ground. Government revenues have benefited. Think about it.

David Oldham
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Hugger1 I disagree. The sprint to raise minimum wage was to increase tax revenue. Provincial income tax and sales tax revenues will soar. Disposable income will fall as the business world struggles to find new balance in a forced economic environment. This will cost entry level jobs and more. IMO.

Ron
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Forcing your employees to take a financial hit on behalf of the company is UNprofessional. Without them you have NO business. Its time people realise that workers expecting a livable wage are not the problem. The business is. Any company acting like this should be boycotted.

Hugger1
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David Oldham…I agree. I was trying to give the employees view of how things are.

David
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Don’t let her statement fool you. its really just a sugar coat. Check back with them after the roll up the rim , and see if she stayed true and loyal to her employees as she suggests she will.

Kelly
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Praise to this owner/operator for addressing employee and public concerns in writing! Management that care about people’s lives is a rare find
Bravo to you Michelle Matos and Tim Hortons Staff