TORONTO, Nov. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - On November 14, community, labour and student groups across Ontario will be calling on Members of Provincial Parliament to support a $5 billion boost to the economy by raising the minimum wage to $14. Students on dozens of campuses will join the day of action, calling for a $14 minimum wage and highlighting concerns about rising student debt and low-wage jobs for students.
Community members across Ontario will present over-sized cheques to over 50 MPPs representing the $5 billion boost a minimum wage increase would generate for the Ontario economy.
|What:||Student and community Raise the Minimum Wage day of action|
|Date:||November 14, 2013|
|Locations:||Actions will be taking place in Barrie, Brampton, Brantford, Burlington, Chatham, Guelph, Hamilton, Kenora, Kingston, Kitchener, Lindsay, London, Mississauga, Oakville, Oshawa, Ottawa, Oxford, Peterborough, Toronto, St. Catharines, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Timmins and York Region.|
"It is possible to strengthen the local economy and create jobs," said Mary Long, President of the Hamilton and District Labour Council. "A minimum wage increase puts money in workers' pockets and over $5 billion into our local economy. That's good news for everyone."
"Ontario students are contending with the highest tuition fees in the country, unprecedented levels of student debt and high youth unemployment," says Alastair Wood, chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario. "With more and more students and young people working in low-wage jobs during school and after graduation, raising the minimum wage would immediately improve the lives of Ontario students and youth."
For more information on the campaign, visit: www.raisetheminimumwage.ca.
Follow the campaign Twitter account @fairwagesnow and hashtag #14now.
The Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage is coordinated by ACORN, Freedom 90, Mennonite New Life Centre, OCAP, Ontario Campaign 2000, Parkdale Community Legal Services, Put Food in the Budget, Social Planning Toronto, Toronto and York Region Labour Council and Workers' Action Centre.
The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario represents more than 300,000 college, undergraduate and graduate students in all regions of the province.
SOURCE: Canadian Federation of Students - Ontario
For further information:
For information on campus actions:
(647) 302-3891 or (416) 925-3825
For information on MPP actions:
(647) 235-6912 or (416) 531-0778, ext. 221
Barrie: David Bradbury: (705) 881-5984
Brampton/Mississauga: Motilall Sarjoo (Sarj): (416) 709-6352
Brantford: Garry MacDonald: (519) 751-9371
Burlington: Cathy Stokes: [email protected]
Chatham: Jeff McFadden: (226) 229-1805
Guelph: Peter Miller: (226) 500-3433, [email protected]
Hamilton: Mary Long: (905) 547-2944 x1
Kingston: Lisa Marion: (613) 305-4952
Kitchener: Ian Stumpf: (226) 789-6786, [email protected]
Lindsay: James Mulhern: (705) 878-8771
London: [email protected]
Oakville: Dave Millar: (905) 220-5757
Oshawa: Jim Freeman: (905) 431-5607, [email protected]
Ottawa: Jill O'Rielly: (613) 808-6523, [email protected]
Oxford: Broderick Carey: (519) 421-5938
Peterborough: Paul Brown: (705) 559-1397, [email protected]
Toronto: Sonia Singh: (647) 235-6912, [email protected]
St. Catharines: (905) 932-1646
Sault Ste. Marie: Dave Pettalia: (705) 759-4945
Sudbury: Shelley Condratto, (705) 675-1151 ext. 4356
Thunder Bay: Terri Carter: (807) 577-5833, [email protected]
Timmins: J.P. Desilets: (705) 363-7224
York Region: Yvonne Kelly: (416) 697-4208, [email protected]