Source: Ontario Federation of Labour

Advisory: Ontarians Turn Up the Heat on Frozen Minimum Wage

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 13, 2013) - On Saturday, September 14 workers across Ontario will be turning up the heat on corporations whose lobby organizations are campaigning to keep wages low in Ontario. Full-time minimum wage workers' annual income falls nearly 20% below the poverty line.

"Corporations with over 500 employees are the largest source of poverty-level wages employing nearly half of all minimum wage workers in Ontario," said Christy Knockleby, of the Sudbury Coalition Against Poverty. "Corporations like McDonald's, Tim Hortons and Toys "R" Us are making hundreds of millions in profit, yet their lobby organizations -- like the Retail Council of Canada and the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association - are among the most vocal opponents of a decent $14 minimum wage."

This year, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne appointed the Retail Council of Canada to her government's Minimum Wage Advisory Panel.

This Saturday, workers from Sudbury to Windsor, will point the finger at profitable corporations that have not yet distanced themselves from the positions advanced by the lobby groups RCC and CFRA. "If corporations are serious about supporting healthy communities, they should pay wages that are at least 10% above the poverty line," said Deena Ladd of the Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage. "This is what creates jobs and stimulates economic activity."

"Our community has the highest rental rates relative to income in Canada, but minimum wage workers haven't had a raise in over three years," said Peterborough and District Labour Council Executive Board Member Paul Brown, who, on Saturday, will be joining low-wage and precariously employed workers at an event outside a local Tim Hortons. "A $14 minimum wage would help alleviate the financial pressures that low wage, precariously employed workers face everyday in our community."

For more information on the campaign, visit:

Follow the campaign Twitter account @fairwagesnow and hashtag #14now

The following actions will be taking place in communities across the province.

Provincial actions and contacts:
Cornwall: Rally at Second Street and Glengarry Blvd., 9am
Elaine McDonald, 613-938-7763,
Burlington: Leaflet at McDonalds, 1-3pm
689 Guelph Line
Guelph: No More McWages! Raise the Minimum Wage, 11am
corner of Wellington St. and Gordon St
Peter Miller, (226) 500-3433,
Hamilton: Flash Mob, 2pm
Hamilton City Hall
Ahmad Al-Amad,
Kitchener-Waterloo: Rally and Community Outreach, 5-6pm
Sidewalk in front of McDonald's, 600 King St W, corner of Breithaupt Ave
Poverty Makes Us Sick: (226) 789 6786,
London: Demonstration at McDonald's, 6pm
Dundas and Richmond St.
London Common Front,
Oshawa: Minimum Wage Monopoly, 2pm
Outside MPP Joe Dickson's office, 201A-50 Commercial Avenue, Ajax
We Are Oshawa, Jesse Cullen, (905) 441-9112,
John MacDonald: (905) 424-2776,
Peterborough: Leaflet at Tim Hortons, 12pm
Lansdowne and Ashburnham
Paul Brown, 705-559-1397,
Toronto: $14 Minimum Wage Carnival outside Toys "R" Us, 1pm
900 Dufferin Street, Dufferin Mall
Sonia Singh, 647-235-6912
Jane and Finch Street Party for a $14 minimum wage! 12-4pm
Southeast corner of Jane-Finch intersection
Ama Amponsah, 647-907-8755
Sudbury: Action at Toys 'R' Us, 11am
Meet at bus stop at Silver City.
Christy Knockleby,
Windsor: Minimum wage buffet, 1pm
Windsor Workers Action Centre, 328 Pelissier St.
Paul Chislett, (519) 995-8351,
York Region: Community Outreach and Information Table, 1-6pm
Markham South Asian Festival - Featherstone Park
Social Services Network Booth:
Tim Horton's Coffee Talk and Action, 10am
17252 Leslie St, Newmarket
Yvonne Kelly, 416-697-4208,

The Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage is coordinated by ACORN, Freedom 90, Mennonite New Life Centre, OCAP, Ontario Campaign 2000, Parkdale Community Legal Services, Put Food in the Budget, Social Planning Toronto, Toronto and York Region Labour Council and Workers' Action Centre.

Contact Information:

Sonia Singh
(647) 235-6912 or (416) 531-0778, ext. 221