On May 31st the Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage rallied volunteers and allies, including members of the Workers’ Action Centre, to do an outreach blitz at Dufferin and Bloor to spread the news about the minimum wage rising from $10.25 to $11/hour after 4 years!
While we are happy that this raise was a result of the year long organizing efforts of all of those involved in the campaign, $11 still leaves workers 16% below the poverty line. We will continue to send the message of $14 to all the party leaders and politicians who are asking for our votes on June 12th.
As the June 12th election approaches, help send a message to all 3 party leaders urging them to support a $14 minimum wage for all workers. Click here to send an email.
We got a lot of media attention! We got petitions signed, we had a clothes line with messages hanging that a 75 cent raise is not enough, workers are worth more, and jeans hanging with pockets pulled out symbolizing that $11 still leaves us with empty pockets!
The clothes line caught a lot of attention from people passing by.
The outreach blitz was held at the intersection of Dufferin and Bloor in Toronto.
WAC members posing for a picture. Thanks for all the hard work WAC members!
WAC member talking to CBC about how difficult it has been raising her son on a minimum wage that leaves so many living in poverty.
CBC interviewing our French speaking members
WAC members displaying messages that $11 is not enough!
A long shot of one of the four street corners where we set up our outreach.
Some new members leafleting
We got petitions signed in support of a $14 minimum wage. Many agree that $11 is not enough!
Are we going to keep up the fight? Yes!!!
So many people were there, we couldn’t fit everyone in the shot! Thanks to everyone for participating. See you June 18th for the rally at the Ministry of Labour! See below for details…
Check out all the outreach actions that happened across Ontario and the media coverage we got here!
June 18th – Ministry of Labour Rally
Fair Wages Now!
Ministry of Labour Rally & Delegation Visit
Wednesday June 18th, 12pm
Ministry of Labour office
400 University Ave.
Our fight for a $14 minimum wage continues no matter who gets elected! Join the Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage on June 18 in front of the Ministry of Labour for a rally and community delegation visit.
Help us present the thousands of signatures we have collected from community members across Ontario calling for a $14 minimum wage.
Let’s show the new Minister our fight for fair wages cannot be ignored! There are too many of us – about a million – struggling to get by on inadequate wages and we’re not going away.
More info here