Ontario Federation of Labour President Chris Buckley to meet with government ministers on October 15 in support of decent work laws and a $15 minimum wage

TORONTO, Oct. 12, 2018 — Ontario Federation of Labour President Chris Buckley will meet with the Minister of Labour Laurie Scott and the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade Jim Wilson on Monday as part of the largest Day of Action in the last decade, with more than 50 events held to support decent work laws and the $15 minimum wage.

“The government has a chance to do the right thing and leave decent work laws in place, and even enhance them,” said Ontario Federation of Labour President Chris Buckley. “Big corporations have only their profits in mind when they say Ontario should abandon the people, robbing them of protections that are sorely needed from paid sick days to equal pay for equal work, to making it easier to join and keep a union.”

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce has called on the government to repeal the gains workers made in the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act.

“We will be telling Doug Ford that scrapping decent work laws would be nothing more than our government taking advantage of some of the most vulnerable workers in Ontario – minimum wage, part-time, temporary and contract workers. It will hurt Ontario families,” said Buckley. “Thousands of people are sending the message that they want decent work laws. They want workplace protections. They want the January 1 increase to a $15 minimum wage. The message is coming from all across this province, and the labour movement will keep up the pressure by continuing to defend the rights for all workers, whether they are in a union or not.”

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The Ontario Federation of Labour represents 54 unions and one million workers in Ontario. For information, visit www.ofl.ca and follow @OFLabour on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information:

Meagan Perry, Director of Communications Ontario Federation of Labour [email protected] l 416-894-3456

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