The Fight for $15 and Fairness

Ontario workers are struggling to get by. More and more decent jobs are being

replaced by low-wage work. We need a minimum wage that brings workers above

the poverty line.

The minimum wage was frozen at $10.25 an hour for four years. Thanks to more

than a year of organizing across the province by the Campaign to Raise the Minimum

Wage, the government was forced to increase the minimum wage to $11 an hour in

2014 and to peg the minimum wage to the cost of living. In 2015, indexation to inflation

raised the minimum wage to $11.25, effective Oct. 1.

But even with indexation at $11.25, workers are left more than 16% below the poverty

line – that is almost $4,000 below the poverty line per year. That’s why our fight for $15

is more important than ever!

At YUGSA's 2016 Annual General Meeting, members voted to endorse the campaign for

$15 and Fairness. YUGSA now joins the York Federation of Students (YFS) and the

Canadian Federation of Students - Ontario (CFS-O) in raising student voices in support

of a $15/hour minimum wage and fairness in the workplace.

At York University, we are demanding:

  • a $15 minimum wage for all on-campus jobs, including the work-study positions;
  • decent working conditions;
  • equal pay for workers regardless of their status as students;
  • fair scheduling and adequate hours;
  • paid sick days;
  • recognizing mid-term and final examinations as a category under "personal leaves";
  • inclusion of international graduate students in the category of eligable applicants
    for on-campus jobs.

Stop by our office (Student Centre 325) to sign the $15 and Fairness petition, 

or download the petition by following the link on this page.

For more information about the campaign or to get involved, please email Zena

Gopal (VP Campaigns):

325 Student Centre - York University    |   4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M3J 1P3    |    +1 (416) 736-5865    |

Download the petition

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