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Tom Cooper - Living Wages and the Elections

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Tom Cooper's presentation on where the living wage fits into the #decentwork dialogue during the dual election cycles of 2018 in Ontario.

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Tom Cooper - Living Wages and the Elections

  1. 1. Living Wages and the Elections
  2. 2. Ontario Election, June 7th , 2018 Ontario Liberals and Ontario NDP commit to fully implement $15/hr minimum wage by January 1, 2019 Under previous leader, Ontario PCs would increase minimum wage from $14/hr to $15/hr over 4 years (25 cents a year)
  3. 3. POTENTIAL ACTIVITIES- PROVINCIAL ELECTION Build community coalitions with local $15 & Fairness and Better Way Alliance campaigns Profile Employers who are currently paying a living wage – ask them to speak to local media about their experience as a living wage employer Pick a Day during the election period to issue media releases announcing new living wage employers as a way to profile decent work practices Meet with candidates, bring low-wage workers, employers, community advocates to discuss benefits of Living Wage
  4. 4. IDENTIFY THE LIVING WAGE CHAMPIONS…
  5. 5. MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS – OCTOBER 22, 2018 Find Living Wage champions amongst the candidates for… Mayor City Councillor Public and Catholic School Board
  6. 6. WHY IS LIVING WAGE A MUNICIPAL ISSUE? More municipal gov’ts / school boards are contracting out services
  7. 7. • When people earn more they spend their money in communities. • Healthier outcomes in community • Increased time to volunteer, spend with family Some key messages for candidates
  8. 8. NEW YORK CITY
  9. 9. NEW WESTMINSTER Finding the champions
  10. 10. Cambridge, Ontario Cambridge becomes first city in Ontario to endorse living wage
  11. 11. HAMILTON-WENTWORTH DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD
  12. 12. FDR

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