What an incredible day yesterday was. Bill 148 passed third and final reading, ushering in major changes to our employment laws and a $15 minimum wage.
I was at Queen’s Park yesterday morning for the vote and the excitement in the air was electric. An hour later, I joined the mass rally outside on the lawn of the legislature, hosted by the Ontario Federation of Labour and Fight for $15 and Fairness – celebrating this win for working people.
Ontario workers have a lot to cheer for – but we’ve earned it. Unifor members worked side by side with other trade unionists, workers and community partners to help win these changes. By working together, we were stronger and pushed for the kinds of reforms workers needed.
I am extremely proud of the work that we’ve done over the last two years to make this win possible. Thank you for your efforts. I am also very proud that our movement did not shy away from the challenge by big business – particularly this past summer when the provincial and local chambers of commerce ramped up the rhetoric that a wage increase would destroy the economy. Big business doesn’t run this province – working people do!
Make no mistake though – we need to stay active to keep pushing. The provincial election is on the horizon and we need to work hard to protect these gains. We’ll be mobilizing like never before for the June 2018 Ontario election because so much will be at stake.
Thank you once again for your efforts and keep up the fight!
Ontario Regional Director