Category: Labour Legislation

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – ‘We Are Oshawa’ Group Demands $14 Minimum Wage

A local group of concerned citizens, under the banner We Are Oshawa, are joining folks from across Ontario for a Day of Action to raise the minimum wage to $14. This time they are making a stop at Christine Elliott’s constituency office, Progressive Conservative MPP for Whitby-Oshawa.  We Are Oshawa is a group of concerned citizens organizing on a broad-range of local, provincial, and federal issues. The group will be debut “Minimum Wage Monopoly” street theatre outside Elliott’s constituency office.

The Liberal government has recently announced they will strike a long-awaited panel on minimum wage. We need to let our local MPPs know that low-wage workers have already waited 3 years for a raise! We can’t wait any longer – tell your MPP it’s time for action!

Concerned citizens will gather on the 14th of every month at 1400 hrs (2pm), at the constituency offices of Durham Region MPPs. On September 14th, we will gather at Joe Dickson’s office, Liberal MPP for Ajax-Pickering.

For more information, please contact:

John MacDonald: 905.424.2776,
Jesse Cullen: 905.441.9112,

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Proposed changes to Employment Standards under Bill 68, Open for Business Act will create huge barriers for workers who face unpaid wages. The Workers’ Action Centre and Parkdale Community Legal Services are calling on the provincial government to stop proposed changes that would bring in mandatory self-enforcement and could force workers to settle for less than what they are owed.
Proposed changes under Bill 68 include:
Mandatory self-enforcement of ESA rights
Bill 68 would require most workers to try and enforce their ESA rights with their boss before filing a claim.
Facilitated settlements
Bill 68 would give the power to the Ministry to settle claims for less than what workers are owed under the law.
Required information before a claim will be accepted
Bill 68 would require workers to provide information about their employer and arguments about their case before a claim will be accepted, without a commitment to provide support to workers filing claims.

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