Archive for January, 2014

Premiere Wynne: Dont Legislate a Poverty Wage!

Premiere Wynne:  Dont Legislate a Poverty Wage!

Take action today! Tell the Ontario Liberals that their offer of crumbs is not enough.
We demand a wage that brings workers out of poverty. Fair Wages Now!

See previous posts on this blog for more details and visit raisetheminimumwage.ca

Fair Wages Now – Participate in the ‘A Million Reasons’ social media campaign!

The good folks at Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services launched a social media campaign to fight for $14 Now.  We endorse this action.  Please participate.  There call out reads:

In support of raising the minimum wage campaign, we asked people to tell us one reason why we need fair wages and/or why we need minimum wage in Ontario to be increased to $14/hr (enough to lift working people out of poverty).  This included people stuck in minimum wage jobs as well as providers and sector leaders.have started documenting their answers in a visual photo/film documentary using social media. Please take a moment to visit our facebook page ‘A Million Reasons Why?’: https://www.facebook.com/Amillionreason . Please share, “like” and add your comments.

 You can also post your own photo/reason by following these simple steps:

1.     In a blank sheet of paper, write down one reason why you feel we need fair minimum wage and/or why we need minimum wage in Ontario to be increased to $14/hr (enough to lift working people out of poverty)

2.     Ask a colleague/friend to take a photo of you holding your written response to the camera. (If you want to remain anonymous, you can cover your face with the paper).

3.     Upload photo to https://www.facebook.com/Amillionreason or on twitter with hashtag #14now

4.     Share broadly. 

The photos will eventually be compiled into a film.

We will send these directly to Premier Kathleen Wynne and Yasir Naqvi, Ontario Minister of Labour.

Many of you are aware that the Ontario government is at the final stages of making a decision on minimum wage policy for Ontario following the release of the recommendations by the Minimum Wage Advisory Panel. While the Premier was committed to create a minimum wage that is fair for workers, there are indications the minimum wage may only be increased to $11. http://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2014/01/27/kathleen_wynne_objects_to_14_minimum_wage.html

This still puts minimum wage workers well below poverty line. As per panel’s recommendation, the government seems committed to increasing the minimum wage annually indexed to inflation. For this to be effective, bold leadership is needed to sufficiently increase the current minimum wage so it is benchmarked to above-poverty line, effective immediately. Marginal and delayed increase will fail to provide a permanent solution.

Please join us in this social media initiative and add your say. Every voice counts at this critical moment. Premier Wynne tweeted that she is carefully listening to what people have to say on this.

Minimum Wage Advisory Calls For Annual Increases

Minimum Wage Advisory Panel calls for annual increases

The Minimum Wage Advisory Panel released their report today after a 6-month consultation process across Ontario. The report makes a number of modest proposals for regularizing future increases in the minimum wage, including a recommendation to increase the minimum wage each year with the cost of living.

Indexing the minimum wage to the cost of living is one of the three key demands put forward by the Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage, and is an important step forward.

But we must also insist that Ontario’s minimum wage bring workers above the poverty line. As it stands, a full-time minimum wage earner falls 25% below the poverty line, and we need much more than a cost-of-living increase to address this shortfall.

It is now in Premier Kathleen Wynne’s hands to make the right choice for Ontario workers.  Only a year ago, the Premier was elected and made a commitment to develop a decent work agenda for Ontario. Today, the Premier has a real opportunity to make good on that promise by ensuring that a full-time job is pathway out of poverty – not a poverty trap.

A minimum wage increase to $14 would also inject at least $5 billion annually into Ontario’s economy, stimulating consumer demand, generating economic activity and creating jobs.
 
Acsana, a leader in the fight to raise the minimum wage makes it clear: “There are a million workers like me who are working at or near minimum wage. We deserve better – and we should not be living in poverty. It’s up to Premier Kathleen Wynne to show leadership and raise the minimum wage to $14 now.”
 

Take Action!

Help us call on Premier Kathleen to fulfill her commitment to good jobs for Ontario workers: 

  1. Send a message to Premier Kathleen Wynne on Twitter (@Kathleen_Wynne) or by email  
  2. Join an action in your community over the February family day weekend 
  3. Make a date with your MPP in the month of February to talk about #14now – it’s now more important than ever!
  4. Join the campaign! Help us win a raise for Ontario

The content of this blog post was taken from an email circulated by Workers Action Centre

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