Changing Workplace Review in Ontario - Campaign for Sick Days and Higher Minimum Wage

The Ontario government is looking at overhauling labour laws in this province. This is an important opportunity to improve the basic working conditions of every single worker in Ontario.

The Labour movement and community organizations are lobbying for 7 paid sick days for all workers in Ontario, as currently our province has no legislated mandatory paid sick days. PSAC’s own healthy workplaces campaign has been fighting to protect our federal public service members’ sick days and it would be a major victory to extend paid sick days to our provincial members, many of whom do not have any.

Also, PSAC Ontario is supporting the campaign Fight for $15, which would see our minimum wage raised to $15 an hour. This is a battle for fairness that has been happening south of the border in places like Seattle and Los Angeles.

Contrary to information supplied by right-wing think tanks, the increasing of the minimum wage has led to higher employment levels and improved economies. In addition to the economic rational, this is a matter of social justice because no full time worker should be living in poverty.

Please send your messages of support directly to Premier Kathleen Wynne (, Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care ( and Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour (

With your support we can make positive change for all workers in Ontario.

In Solidarity,

Sharon DeSousa,

PSAC Regional Executive Vice-President – Ontario 

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