Jan 14th day of action for a healthy Ontario
Send a message to Premier Kathleen Wynne that we need a $14 minimum wage!
This January 14th, people across Ontario asked Premier Kathleen Wynne to raise the minimum wage to $14/hr for a healthy Ontario!
Health providers call for $14 minimum wage
Health providers, including nurses, clinicians and doctors, organized a press conference calling for a $14 minimum wage, citing the negative impacts of poverty on health.
Dr. Gary Bloch, a family physician at St. Michael's Hospital called poverty-level wages "both a tragedy and a public health travesty" and urged the provincial government to legislate low-wage workers out of poverty into a situation where they can better protect their health.
Lorraine Telford, a registered nurse, spoke about how poverty is the biggest barrier to good health, while Axelle Janczur of Access Alliance Community Health Centre spoke about the damaging health impacts of low-wage work on immigrant communities.
Other health providers spoke out for a 14 minimum wage, here
Province-wide call-in day
Across the province, our goal was to jam the premier's constituency and Queen's Park phone lines from morning to evening. We succeeded! We heard from many of you that you had to wait 10-20 minutes on hold to get through to share your message.
In cities and towns, community members and labour activists got their friends and family members to call the premier and their MPPs, from phone-banking in Mississauga and Burlington, to a televised debate in Peterborough, to a town hall forum in Thunder Bay!
The London Common Front organized a leaflet action outside a local McDonald's, while community members held an outreach blitz in Scarborough.
The Health and Strength Action Group even organized a health-focused flash mob!
On Twitter and Facebook, many posted pictures after they made the call, encouraging others to do the same!
Thank you to everyone who made a call! Together we will win a raise for Ontario! Check out more photos on our Facebook
On Jan. 14th, we delivered some of the thousands of postcards that you have collected and sent in from across Ontario calling for a $14 minimum wage. OSSTF Toronto also delivered hundreds of postcards signed by its members to the premier's office.
Widespread media coverage
The day of action and press conference gathered widespread media coverage, starting with a 90 minute feature
on the minimum wage on the national CBC radio program The Current that included powerful stories from minimum wage earners. Many other news outlets covered the story - check out the many features listed below!
Today, the Toronto Star's editorial
calls on Premier Kathleen Wynne to release and act immediately on the report from the minimum wage advisory panel and states: "if Wynne wants to create a just society of Ontario families, she must ensure that workers who are paid the most basic of wages get a financial boost. There's nothing to gain by waiting, and much to lose."
An opinion piece
by Toronto Star columnist Bob Hepburn in today's paper goes even further and supports our call for a $14 minimum wage! Pressure is clearly mounting on the Ontario government to move quickly on implementing a raise for Ontario!
If you haven't already, please send a message to Premier Kathleen Wynne that we need a $14 minimum wage!
We have entered the critical stages of our campaign and we need to our MPPs to feel the push for $14 now more than ever. The next day of action falls on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14th. On that day, we are asking all of you to "make a date with your MPP."
Please contact your MPP office now and ask for a meeting on or leading up to February 14th.
Download our petition
and collect signatures from your friends, family and co-workers over the next few weeks. We hope to present thousands more petitions to our MPPs on February 14th.
Fight for Fair Wages - Public Forum
On January 24th, the Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage is hosting a public forum in Toronto with organizers leading the fight for fair wages in the US!
We will be joined by leaders from Fight for 15
, who are coordinating retail workers strikes in Chicago and by Sterling Harders, from Working Washington
, who will share the amazing victory of a $15 minimum wage for workers at the Seattle-Tacoma airport! You don't want to miss this event!
Fight for Fair Wages! Public forum
Friday January 24, 6:30pm
William Doo Auditorum, 45 Willcocks St.
(Corner of Willcocks St. and Spadina, 2 blocks south of Harbord)
* Janah Bailey & Zitlali Adame-Reducindo, on retail worker strikes in Chicago and across the US
* Sterling Harders, Working Washington, on winning a $15 minimum wage at SeaTac airport
* Speakers from the Campaign to Raise the Minimum wage
* Spoken Word by Ritalin
* Music by Samba Squad and DJ No Capitalista
Join the fight for a $14 minimum wage!
Find out more and get updates at https://www.facebook.com/events/608238165909898/