Hey <<First Name>>!
We need to step up and join the fight to protect decent wages and working conditions.
Despite the government announcements and media headlines about cancelling the $15/hr minimum wage and scrapping Bill 148 (including paid sick days), there still has been no legislative change. How we respond helps the government decide whether to proceed, pull back - or go even further with legislative changes.
Decent Work and Health Network members have been busy—we've spoken to public health and medical students, are collecting signatures on the $15 and Fairness petition, and joined the recent campaign press conference. We've also spoken to the Senior Policy Advisor for the Ministry of Labour to advance our cause!
The evidence is in:
As the $15 and Fairness campaign explains, the jobs data released by Statistics Canada makes our case even clearer: when workers have money in their pockets, they spend it, creating more business and more jobs. Contrary to announcements spread by the Chamber of Commerce and their Big Business backers, employment is up and wages are improving in Ontario. This is true even in the Food Services and Accommodation sector where the proportion of minimum wage employment is highest and therefore most likely to be impacted by a higher minimum wage. The trend line is showing that the $15 minimum wage, far from having an adverse impact on jobs and hours for workers in the low-wage sector, is benefiting workers.