Dec. 14th actions turn up the heat on frozen minimum wage!

Dec. 14th actions turn up heat on frozen minimum wage!

Send a message to Premier Kathleen Wynne that we need a $14 minimum wage! 

It was one of the coldest days of the year, but that didn't stop communities around Ontario from participating in holiday actions for a $14 minimum wage.

In 17 different communities, supporters gathered to collect signatures on holiday cards for Premier Kathleen Wynne, asking her to make 2014 merry and bright with a $14 minimum wage! 

Here are some pictures from a few of the actions:


Minus 20 temperatures and snow didn’t deter activists from spreading the warmth to “Unwrap the Minimum Wage” at Peterborough Square, while caroling to the spirit of the season. 

Community members served hot chocolate and candy canes to holiday shoppers who overwhelmingly supported the idea of raising the minimum wage. 

Thunder Bay

In Thunder Bay, community and labour activists donned santa and elf hats and organized a rally across the street from the Intercity Shopping Centre. 



On a very snowy day, the Workers' Action Centre and the OPSEU Provincial Young Workers Committee organized a holiday action outside the Toronto Eaton's Centre.

Over 70 supporters came out and collected hundreds of holiday postcards to Kathleen Wynne, while handing out candy canes with cards. 

The OPSEU Provincial Young Workers Committee served delicious hot chocolate in specially printed cups that said "peace, prosperity and a $14 minimum wage."  Despite a blanket of snow covering everything, people kept coming by to show their support and sign a postcard!  

Community members also carried out an outreach blitz at Malvern Town Centre.


Community members joined the Brampton-Mississauga & District Labour Council to hand out candy canes and get holiday cards signed for Premier Wynne and despite the cold, windy day, received lots of support! 

The Sudbury Coalition Against Poverty organized an outreach blitz at the New Sudbury Shopping Mall.  The event was covered by CTV!  Check out the coverage below!



The London Common Front, comprised of union and community activists, handed out over 300 candy canes with postcards, along with hot chocolate to help keep everyone warm. 

People were very supportive and signed lots of holiday cards. The weather was challenging with high wind and snow and biting cold -- but spirits were high!  


The Oxford Regional Labour Council did outreach at the Woodstock farmer's market and handed out holiday cards.  



An enthusiastic group of community members in Kingston collected signatures on holiday cards outside MPP John Gerretsen's office.  Their action was covered by CKWS Newswatch.  Check out the coverage below! 



Community members in Barrie organized a rally outside a local Wal-Mart calling for fair wages now!



The Northumberland Community Legal Centre gathered at a local Cobourg mall to generate support for the campaign!



Earlier this month, a packed forum on the minimum wage generated excitement and ideas for building the campaign in Hamilton. 

On Dec. 14th, more than 20 community members in Hamilton organized an outreach blitz in Jackson Square and handed out over 200 candy canes with $14 now tags on them along with holiday cards and flyers.  


Worker-Elves withstood the cold and snow to greet the people and promote Fair Wages. Hundreds of candy-canes, fliers and postcards were distributed to receptive and supportive shoppers at Kitchener's busy Fairview Mall.

Poverty Makes Us Sick, Waterloo Region Labour Council and Kitchener Ontario Animal Liberation Alliance are proud to stand in solidarity with Santa's Evles in the struggle for a $14 minimum wage!  

Chatham activists organized an action outside MPP Rick Nicholl's office.


On December 3, Ottawa ACORN hosted a lively forum on the minimum wage, with 5 political parties and a full house of community members calling for a raise!  

ACORN also did a week of door-to-door outreach and collected lots of signed holiday cards!


Community members in Welland held an outreach table at the Welland Market and were very well received.  MPP Cindy Forster stopped by and reaffirmed her support!  Cindy Forster tabled the Campaign's petition on the $14 minimum wage on Nov. 25.


Despite cold and blowing snow We Are Oshawa showed up at MPP Christen Elliot's office in Whitby and sang carols and handed out candy canes and postcards asking for $14 now. Passers by all agreed it's time to raise the minimum wage.  

Meanwhile, in Belleville, a small delegation brought signed petitions to their local MPP's office. 


The Guelph & District Labour Council organized a "soup, socks, skating and song event" at Guelph City Hall.  With the help of local musicians, supporters sang $14 NOW carols and gathered holiday cards from community members.

Amazing work everyone!  Thanks to everyone who organized an action, or came out to support!

Next steps!

If you haven't already, please send a message to Premier Kathleen Wynne that we need a $14 minimum wage!    

We expect the minimum wage advisory panel to release their recommendations in early 2014, making January 14th an important day of action!  

That's why we are organizing a mass phone day to our MPPs and Premier Kathleen Wynne on January 14th.

We need your help to make this day a success -- save the date, make a call on January 14th and get 10 of your friends and family members to do the same!  

Recent campaign media coverage 


Global News
CTV News
The Dialog


Brampton Guardian

Metro News
The Spectator



CTV News
Blackburn News
102.3 BOB FM
AM 980


CTV News
Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay Newswatch

CTV News

Sing Tao
Sing Tao
Toronto Star
Toronto Star
Metro Morning

CTV News


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 the Workers’ Action Centre.  

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