Tag: fightfor15

  • Living Wages for Airport Workers?

    The 2018 increase in Ontario’s hourly minimum wage to $14 was perhaps the most substantial victory for low-wage workers in decades, including workers at Pearson International Airport. In a recent survey, it was found that 1 in 5 of the airport’s 50,000 workers earns minimum wage. The Fight for $15 and Fairness continues the struggle, … Keep reading »

  • Ford Takes on Bill 148: But There is Resistance

    When the Tories were elected to govern Ontario this past June, it was a day that many were both dreading and expecting. The Ontario government has finally unveiled their legislation that would repeal the gains workers made from Bill 148. In an emergency action coordinated by the $15 and Fairness campaign, 500 workers were out … Keep reading »

  • Praise the Workers, Not Amazon

    “Power concedes nothing without a demand,” abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass declared 161 years ago. Last week saw that truth on broad display as Amazon, facing growing political and organizing pressure, announced it was setting a minimum wage of $15/hour for its U.S. workforce and also raising wages in England. The company’s declaration followed months of … Keep reading »

  • Fight For $15: The Challenges Ahead

    Presenters David Bush and Mina Rajabi address a number of critical questions about the status of the Ontario workers’ movement. What are the shortfalls of Bill 148? How did the Fight for $15 and Fairness organize to win? Recorded in Toronto, 28 February 2018. Watch video »

  • Election 2018: a Battle Over #Fightfor15

    The 2018 Ontario provincial election will be fought over many issues. Liberal Kathleen Wynne’s unpopularity as Premier, Progressive Conservative Party Leader Patrick Brown’s flip-flopping on major issues, the election of Donald Trump in the United States and subsequent re-evaluation of NAFTA are all certainly to come up in coverage and debates. However, one of the … Keep reading »

  • Where to Begin?

    Lessons from the Fight for $15 Beyond North America Jonathan Rosenblum lives in Seattle, Washington, and is a member of UAW 1981/National Writers Union. He is the author of Beyond $15: Immigrant Workers, Faith Activists, and the Revival of the Labor Movement (Beacon Press, 2017). More about him can be found at jonathanrosenblum.org. The interview was … Keep reading »

  • Deena Ladd and Jonathan Rosenblum – The Fight for 15 – What Next?

    For those of us in unions, the Fight for $15 and Fairness means using all of the tools at our disposal to defend what we still have – at the bargaining table, on the shop floor, and in legislative halls – but then go beyond to forge new powerful community alliances to demand civil rights, … Watch video »

  • British Columbia NDP’s Crawl to $15

    Last Tuesday the new British Columbia NDP government announced it was raising the province’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2021. The new government had already announced it would raise the minimum wage by 50 cents on September 15, bringing it to $11.35 an hour. In fact, this 50 cent raise had been planned … Keep reading »

  • An Injury to One is an Injury to All? U.S. Labour’s Divergent Reactions to Trump

    Arshiya Chime is a union member helping to rescue the world from climate change. Once she gets her doctorate degree later this year from the University of Washington, she will become a highly prized mechanical engineer, helping economies become less dependent on oil while protecting the environment and creating jobs. But Chime, a leader in … Keep reading »

  • $15 and Fairness Shakes Up Ontario

    The Fight for $15 and Fairness scored a big victory on May 30 when the Ontario Liberals announced they would raise the minimum wage to $15 by January 1, 2019. The Liberals also announced a slew of other legislative changes they will introduce as part of the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, such as two … Keep reading »

  • Who Earns Minimum Wage?

    Minimum wages have been getting a lot of attention lately. And for good reason. Workers earning minimum wage often struggle to get enough hours, don’t have predictable schedules or advance notice of shifts, and many don’t even have access to unpaid sick days. Alberta’s current government was elected on a plan to raise the minimum … Keep reading »

  • Low-Wage Workers’ Struggles Are About Much More than Wages

    When fast-food workers first took the streets in New York City in November 2012 to protest for higher wages and a union, no one could have imagined how successful the campaign would be. Since then the low-wage workers movement, known as Fight for 15, has helped spur eleven states and numerous cities to raise the … Keep reading »