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 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 every worker in Ontario.
PSAC Ontario is also 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 in the United States for some time and the movement has grown to Canada.
Contrary to messages from right-wing lobby groups, increasing of the minimum wage has led to higher employment levels and improved economies in cities in the U.S. that have raised their minimum wage. But this is not just a financial issue, this is a matter of social justice because a full time worker should not be living in poverty.
Please send your messages of support directly to Premier Kathleen Wynne (firstname.lastname@example.org), Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care (email@example.com) and Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour (firstname.lastname@example.org).
With your support we can make Ontario's labour laws fairer for everyone.
PSAC Regional Executive Vice-President – Ontario