Help us win decent work for all in Ontario We are calling on Ontario’s public universities and colleges to stand up for decent work. There is broad support for a $15 minimum wage and fairness at work in the communities they serve. As members of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and its local affiliates, universities and colleges should no longer allow corporate lobbyists to speak in their name against the interests of the vast majority of Ontarians. It’s time they stand with the Fight for $15 and Fairness in supporting decent work! Name*Email* I am*A college studentA university studentA future studentA parent of a studentAn alumna/alumnusA faculty/staff memberA community memberCollegeAlgonquinCambrianCanadoreCentennialCollège BoréalConestogaConfederationDurhamFanshaweFlemingGeorge BrownGeorgianHumberLa Cité collégialeLambtonLoyalistMohawkNiagaraNorthernSt. ClairSt. LawrenceSaultSenecaSheridanUniversityAlgomaBrockCarletonLakeheadLaurentianMcMasterNipissingOCADQueen'sRoyal Military CollegeRyersonTrentUniversity of GuelphUniversity of HearstUniversity of Ontario Institute of TechnologyUniversity of OttawaUniversity of TorontoUniversity of WaterlooUniversity of WindsorWesternWilfrid LaurierYorkMessageUse the text provided or add your own comments.November 15, 2017 Dear Ontario public college and university presidents: Re: Help Us Win Decent Work for All in Ontario In response to over two years of community-labour organizing, the Ontario government has introduced Bill 148 – the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act. Bill 148 provides for a $15 minimum wage by January 2019, paid emergency leave, fairer scheduling, equal pay for equal work, and enhanced trade union rights. A coalition including trade unions, student unions, community organizations, and tens of thousands of ordinary Ontarians has worked hard to push forward the decent work agenda, and we are now on the brink of a major break-through. However, a corporate lobby group to which Colleges Ontario, the Council of Ontario Universities, and most of Ontario’s public colleges and universities belong — the Ontario Chamber of Commerce — has been actively campaigning against Bill 148, along with its dozens of local affiliates across the province. In July 2017, the Chamber launched its “Keep Ontario Working” campaign, which aims to maintain existing barriers to forming a union, stop the $15 minimum wage and measures that would bring stability to workers’ schedules, and block any attempts to regulate the dangerous and exploitive world of temp agencies. The Chamber and its local affiliates have lobbied MPPs to oppose reforms that would make life better for working people and their families. Ontario’s public universities and colleges, as members of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and its local affiliates, need to publicly distance themselves from the Chamber’s “Keep Ontario Working” campaign, and stand with the Fight for $15 and Fairness in supporting decent work. As publicly funded institutions accountable to members of the communities they serve and the public at large, Ontario colleges and universities must reject the Chamber’s misleading “economic impact reports” that fly in the face of decades of economic research showing the benefits of a higher minimum wage. Together, we must embrace legislation that strengthens pay equity, reduces poverty, and particularly benefits workers of colour, immigrants, women, students, and young people currently trapped in a cycle of precarious work. College and university students, staff, and faculty, together with other community members across the province, urge you to publicly support the Fight for $15 and Fairness. We call on you to stand with students and workers for decent work, rather than allowing corporate lobbyists to speak in your name against the interests of the vast majority of Ontarians. Get emails about this campaignYes This iframe contains the logic required to handle Ajax powered Gravity Forms.