Let the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce know that you demand justice for minimum wage workers
The Government of Ontario has introduced a new minimum wage rate of $14 per hour on January 1, 2018. The Government has pledged to increase this rate to $15 by January 1, 2019. These wins are the result of years of hard work and organizing by workers and campaigns like the Fight for $15 and Fairness and Make It Fair.
Despite enjoying handsome yearly profits, and lavishing executives with huge salaries, some employers have recently responded to the minimum wage increase by retaliating against workers, by eliminating their paid breaks, cutting their benefits, and even stealing their tips.
In Ottawa, these employers are represented by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce. Unfortunately, the Chamber has publicly opposed the increase to the minimum wage, and has failed to speak up against those employers who are acting like bullies.
We, the undersigned, call on the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce to crack down on its members who are trying to undermine recent increases to the minimum wage, and to reward those employers who provide a living wage for their employees. We welcome the support of all Ottawa residents who support justice for minimum wage workers.