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Rally for $14 Minimum Wage in Heart of Toronto Retail Sector

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 02/15/14 -- This Family Day weekend, community members and labour activists will continue to call on Premier Kathleen Wynne to raise the minimum wage to $14 and ensure decent work for Ontario families at a lively rally in the heart of Toronto's retail sector.

What:                 Rally for $14 minimum wage and decent work            
Date:                 Saturday, February 15, 2014                           
Time:                 1:15pm                                                
Location:             Rally starts at Yonge and Dundas Square               
Photo opportunity:    Colourful and engaging visuals, including hundreds of 
                      balloons, with lively community participation         

Although Premier Kathleen Wynne responded to public pressure and recently announced a minimum wage hike of 75 cents an hour, an $11 minimum wage still leaves workers 16% below the poverty line, locking many families into poverty.

Assembling at Yonge Dundas Square, participants will reach out to shoppers with colourful and engaging visuals and lively actions that demonstrate the need for fair wages and decent work for Ontario families.

Speakers will include:    Sid Ryan, President, Ontario Federation of Labour 
                          Jerry Dias, National President, Unifor            
                          Andria Babbington, Vice President, Toronto and    
                          York Region Labour Council                        
                          Pinky Paglingayen, leader from Campaign to Raise  
                          the Minimum Wage                                  

For more information on the campaign, visit:

Follow the campaign Twitter account @fairwagesnow and hashtag #14now.

The Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage is coordinated by ACORN, Freedom 90, Mennonite New Life Centre, OCAP, Ontario Campaign 2000, Parkdale Community Legal Services, Put Food in the Budget, Social Planning Toronto, Toronto and York Region Labour Council and Workers' Action Centre.

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) represents 54 unions and one million workers in Ontario.

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