Media advisory - $10 minimum wage focus of March 16th rally to support U of T press workers



    TORONTO, March 15 /CNW Telbec/ - A stellar array of politicians and
labour leaders calling for a $10 minimum wage in Ontario will headline a rally
to support striking part-time warehouse workers at U of T Press. The rally
will be held at noon on Friday, March 16 at 10 St. Mary St., Toronto, the head
office of the U of T Press.
    The rally comes on the heels of a poll released this week by Vector
Research showing that 74% of Canadians favour raising the minimum wage to $10
per hour from the current national average of $7.60.
    These U of T press workers, who are members of the Canadian Union of
Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3261, earn just $9.36 an hour with no benefits.
Many of them need to hold down two or three jobs, just so their families can
survive. These workers are asking for a modest increase to $10 an hour plus
benefits.

    
    At this rally:

                       Date:       Friday, March 16, 2007
                       Time:       12:00 noon
                       Location:   10 St. Mary Street, Toronto


    Speakers will include:

    - Peggy Nash, NDP MP, who has tabled a $10 federal minimum wage bill,
    - Cheri DiNovo, NDP MPP whose $10 minimum wage bill is before the
      legislature at Queen's Park,
    - Fred Hahn, Secretary-Treasurer of CUPE Ontario,
    - John Cartwright, President of the Toronto and York Region Labour
      Council.
    

    "All we're asking for is a decent living wage and benefits so that we
have some sort of security net," said Ron Hoinkes, president of CUPE 3261.
"It's hypocritical of U of T to have such a double standard when it comes to
workers having a living wage. The U of T Press refuses to pay these workers a
liveable income while it spends more than we are asking on replacement workers
(scabs) and overtime."




For further information:

For further information: Mary Catherine McCarthy, CUPE National
Representative, (416) 274-2637; Ron Hoinkes, President CUPE 3261, (416)
738-4491

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