On November 14th, WAC gathered as part of the Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage to visit Members of Provincial Parliament across Toronto urging them to support a $14 minimum wage for all workers.
Our day started off with a community delegation visit to Premier Kathleen Wynne’s constituency office. WAC members, supporters and minimum wage campaign allies braved the cold day to come out!
WAC member Dominique got the crowd cheering!
Andria Babbington, vice-president of the Toronto & York Region Labour Council, and Alastair Woords, Canadian Federation of Students Ontario chairperson, brought their message of why we need $14 now!
WAC member, Alice, explained her collage showing how costs have risen in the 3 years minimum wage has been frozen.
Our delegation presented a cheque for $5 billion to Kathleen Wynne’s staff. This is the amount a $14 minimum wage would put back into workers’ pockets and boost our economy.
From there, WAC split into teams to visit 8 other MPP offices. We joined with Access Alliance Community Health Centre to visit Liberal MPP Laura Albanese’s office.
Laura Albanese promised to read our petitions out at Queen’s Park and to organize a meeting with other Toronto Liberal MPPs on the minimum wage in the new year! Great job team!
We presented our $5 billion cheque to Liberal MPP Michael Couteau’s office.
Arriving at Liberal MPP Eric Hoskin’s office with more $5 billion cheques, with support from Unifor and Caregivers Action Centre members.
Our team outside Liberal MPP Glen Murray’s office.
Along with Parkdale Community Legal Services, we visited NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo’s office. Cheri DiNovo was the first MPP to voice her support for a $14 minimum wage earlier this month.
We joined PCLS in presenting a cheque to Liberal MPP Donna Cansfield’s office.
We also delivered a cheque to Liberal MPP Mike Colle’s office.
Finally, we joined with Bread and Bricks to present petitions to NDP MPP Jonah Schein – who agreed to support our demand for $14 and read out our petitions at Queen’s Park!
Following our day of action, MPP Jonah Schein and MPP Jagmeet Singh both voiced their support for a $14 minimum wage and officially presented campaign petitions at Queen’s Park!
Thank you to everyone who participated in the November 14th day of action!
All together Toronto organizations, including Access Alliance Community Health Centre, ACORN, Bread and Bricks, CASSA, PCLS, Respect Scarborough, SAWRO, Scarborough Anti-Poverty Coalition, South Riverdale Community Health Centre, Toronto & York Region Labour Council, University of Toronto Scarborough Campus Students’ Union and UNIFOR, visited 17 different MPP offices in the GTA!
Across Ontario, student, community and labour activists visited over 50 MPPs! Read the update of all of the provincial actions here.
Add your voice and send a message to your MPP asking them to support a $14 minimum wage here
Find out how you can join the campaign at: www.raisetheminimumwage.ca