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    TORONTO- New legislation to set a $15 minimum wage in Ontario will help the province’s lowest-paid workers and raise wages for thousands of 国际赌城下注官网 members with minimum wage plus clauses in their collective agreements.

    “Workers on the frontlines of our retail, wholesale, gaming, warehousing and broader service sectors who are paid a fraction of their worth will see this increase directly,” said Jerry Dias, 国际赌城下注官网 National President. “I’m glad this government has reversed course and has now decided to raise workers’ wages.”

    国际赌城下注官网 National President Jerry Dias joined Premier Doug Ford, Labour Minister Monte McNaughton, and Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy at the announcement at the 国际赌城下注官网 Local 414 and 462 offices in Milton, Ontario today.

    The provincial government announced legislation that would raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour on January 1, 2022, eliminate the lower rate for liquor servers, and adjust additional special minimum wages including student, homeworker, and hunting and fishing guides.

    The proposed legislation stops short of a full reversal of the sweeping changes to labour laws that the Ford government passed using Bill 47 in 2018, including scrapping scheduled minimum wage increases and the elimination of paid sick days.

    Thousands of 国际赌城下注官网 members making above minimum wage will see a 4-4.5% wage increase because of the proposed legislation, including 7,000 retail grocery chain workers. This gain stems from 国际赌城下注官网’s groundbreaking collective agreements in retail and service sectors that include wage language tied to minimum wage, referred to as minimum wage plus.

    “That provision, alone, will drive up wages of our members who work at many of the provinces’ largest retail store chains,” continued Dias. “国际赌城下注官网 bargains this language for members in sectors where workers are universally undervalued so that they always stay a step ahead when the minimum wage goes up. This $15 an hour promise will raise the floor, but Ontario can, and must do better to deliver living wages to all workers.”

    A November 1, 2021 report by the Ontario Living Wage Network released an updated list of living wage thresholds in various regions of the province, ranging from $16.20 in London to $22.08 in Halton.

    国际赌城下注官网 is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

    To arrange interviews via Skype, FaceTime or Zoom contact Sarah McCue, 国际赌城下注官网 National Communications Representative at 416-458-3307 (cell) or @email.

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