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Rally to Protect Ontario Labour Rights

TORONTO – Steelworkers will be joined by hundreds of members of unions across Toronto for a ‘Hands Off Decent Work Laws’ rally on Monday, Oct. 15 at the Ministry of Labour offices. The rally is designed to let the Ontario Minister of Labour know about the widespread support for a $15 minimum wage and strong worker rights.

Co-organized by United Steelworkers (USW) Toronto Area Council, the rally is a public demonstration by workers for workers – those facing precarious employment and in dire need of the $15 minimum wage increase scheduled for Jan. 1, 2018.

“A $15 minimum wage is only fair and just,” said Carol Landry, USW International Vice-President.

“No one in Ontario should have to work more than one job to feed, house and clothe their family. Raising the minimum wage is all about making sure that the little guy and gal gets to have a good life. To stop this raise, to undo decent work laws is all about putting corporate profits first. Who should the government work for?” said John Cartwright, President of Toronto & York Region Labour Council.

“Unionized workers across Toronto have a long history of defending the rights of all workers to safe workplaces, scheduling rights, time off for emergencies, equal pay for equal work and the right to collectively bargain and to organize their workplaces,” said Carolyn Egan, President of the USW Toronto Area Council.


WHEN: Monday, October 15, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Outside the Ministry of Labour (400 University Ave., Toronto)


  • Carol Landry, USW International Vice-President
  • John Cartwright, President, Toronto & York Region Labour Council
  • Nigel Barriffe, Urban Alliance on Race Relations & Good Jobs for All Coalition
  • Deena Ladd, 15 and Fairness
  • MC Carolyn Egan, President, USW Toronto Area Council


For further information:

Carolyn Egan, USW Area Council, c.egan@sympatico.ca, 416-806-7985
Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, bgallagher@usw.ca, 416-434-2221

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