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Ontario Federation of Labour: People of Ontario to rally on June 16 in support of a $15 minimum wage

TORONTO, June 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Thousands of Ontarians are expected to gather for the Decent Work Rally on June 16 to let the incoming government know about the widespread support for a $15 minimum wage and strong labour laws.

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Co-organized by the Fight for $15 & Fairness campaign and the Ontario Federation of Labour, the rally is the first public demonstration to take place since the June 7 provincial election.

After years of grassroots organizing, workers in Ontario won important labour law reforms in 2018 with the passage of Bill 148: Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act.

Saturday, speakers such as Naomi Klein will outline Ontarians’ big expectations from the newly elected government to continue delivering on a decent work agenda, including the implementation of a $15 minimum wage and fair scheduling rules on January 1, 2019.

WHEN: Saturday, June 16, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

WHERE: 1:00 pm outside the Ministry of Labour (400 University Avenue, Toronto) followed by a march to Queen’s Park.

SPEAKERS:

  • Naomi Klein, author of No Is Not Enough: Resisting the New Shock Politics and co-author of Canada’s Leap Manifesto
  • Chris Buckley, president, Ontario Federation of Labour
  • Sandy Hudson, co-founder, Black Lives Matter-Toronto
  • Dr. Ritika Goel, member, Decent Work and Health Network & OHIP for All
  • Gobinder Singh Randhawa, chair, Ontario Sikh and Gurudwara Council
  • Anita Agrawal, CEO, Best Bargains Jewellery (one of Canada’s top 100 women-owned businesses) and member, Better Way Alliance
  • Sarah Jama, co-founder, Disability Justice Network of Ontario

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Visuals will include colourful handmade banners and signs, costumes, dance performances and live music.

/EIN News/ -- 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.

The Fight for $15 and Fairness is a growing movement of workers committed to fighting for decent work, and includes students, faculty, labour groups, health providers, anti-poverty activists and faith leaders. To learn more, visit: www.15andFairness.org

To arrange interviews or for more information, please contact:

Nil Sendil
Communications Coordinator
Fight for $15 & Fairness
info@15andfairness.org l 647-710-5795

Meagan Perry,
Director of Communications
Ontario Federation of Labour
mperry@ofl.ca l 416-894-3456

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