Ontario Premier calls for minimum wage hike, progressive new labor laws

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Wynne, and Labour Minister Kevin Flynn, didn't unveil the changes in a drab room at a podium draped with a simple banner; instead, they called dozens of friendly advocates and workers to form a human backdrop and applaud when needed. New technology, a shrinking manufacturing sector and fewer union jobs, among other factors, have left about one-third of Ontario's 6.6 million workers vulnerable, the review concluded.

"We will ensure that part-time workers receive equal pay for equal work".

Naureen Rizvi, Ontario Regional Director present for today's announcement, expressed that Unifor is also heartened that the government has recognized that both good jobs and strong businesses are essential for a thriving economy and part of creating decent work for Ontarians. "Before we actually debate the legislation in the fall, I think there needs to be a full cost-benefit analysis done to ensure this doesn't have the opposite effect of less hours, less take-home pay for workers and fewer businesses", said McNaughton, the Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP. After that, it will rise annually with inflation.

The Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to the premier earlier this month strongly objecting to a $15 minimum wage saying it would discourage investment, eliminate jobs and hurt the economy.

Some OFL priorities are reflected in the Changing Workplaces Review final recommendations.

You may be sure that the talk among mom and pop businesses and others with one and two store operations is all about that $15-an-hour minimum wage.

Saskatchewan: $10.72. Adjusted annually October 1 relative to the consumer price index and average hourly wage.

The lowest-paid workers in Ontario are getting a raise.

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"Any political party wants voters to feel pretty good about you when you're going into an election, that's part of being in politics, but it's more than that", he said.

"Today's announcement highlights the importance of unions remaining actively engaged in the political process, as numerous reforms announced today are changes that UFCW has always been advocating for", says Shawn Haggerty, President of the UFCW Canada Ontario Provincial Council.

More than a quarter of Ontario workers would receive a pay hike through the proposed increase to the minimum wage.

Government officials say the increase from the current $11.40/hour minimum wage will be phased in, but would not reveal the timeline.

She said that the proposed legislation - The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 - would ensure that casual, part-time, temporary and seasonal employees are paid equally to full-time employees when performing the same job for the same employer.

Employers will now be required to pay an employee three hours' wages if their shift is cancelled with less than 48 hours notice.

Personal emergency leave would also be expanded. They also recently announced the beginnings of a provincial pharmacare plan, that would provide drug coverage to those below the age of 25.

Brown is politically squeezed between the business groups who are already coming out hard against the higher minimum wage and the reality that it could be quite popular with a large swathe of the electorate.

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