TORONTO, Sept. 28, 2018 — Leaders of the $15 and Fairness movement, including the Fight for $15 and Fairness and the Ontario Federation of Labour, will be speaking at a press conference on Friday September 28, 2018 at 9:30 am in the Queen’s Park media studio.
With mere weeks to go before 1.7 million Ontario workers get their long-awaited $15 minimum wage, the Minister of Labour mentioned to reporters Wednesday that the government intends to cancel the $15 minimum wage, which is currently scheduled to come in on January 1, 2019.
Freezing the minimum wage at $14 would ignore the 66% public support and 62% small business support for the $15 minimum wage. It would also ignore the economic gains to be made from putting decent wages in low wage workers’ pockets. Bill 148, Fair Wages, Better Jobs Act, brought in the $15 minimum wage and many improvements for workers after an extensive two-and-a-half-year province-wide consultation.
The Ontario Federation of Labour and the Fight for $15 and Fairness emphasize that, contrary to what the Minister suggests, there is no need for another review.
When: Press Conference on Friday September 28, 2018 at 9:30 am Where: Queen’s Park Media Studio Speakers: Chris Buckley, President, Ontario Federation of Labour; Deena Ladd, Workers’ Action Centre; Christine, a minimum wage earner; Abdirahman Hassan, Imam from the Khalid Bin Al-Walid Mosque; Dr. Edward Xie; and, other community leaders to be announced.
For further information contact:
Meagan Perry Director of Communications, Ontario Federation of Labour [email protected] l 416-948-5720
Nil Sendil Communications Coordinator, Fight for $15 & Fairness [email protected] l 647-710-5795