Peterborough and District Labour Council

Standing up for Working People
In our workplaces and our community

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Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017


Phone or email Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal (His contact information is below)

Let him know Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act is a great start but more needs to be done.

And tell him not to give in to the business lobby, that workers need the $15 minimum wage along with the other proposed changes.

And tell him “Don’t lose your nerve!”

Here are some key points:

Raising Ontario’s minimum wage to $15 an hour would stimulate Ontario’s economy by putting at least an additional $5 billion dollars in workers’ pockets. This increased spending generates even more economic activity, creating an effect that cascades throughout the economy and multiplies the impact of the initial $5 billion stimulus


Increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour makes good economic sense. Household spending is a key economic driver accounting for more than half – 54% – of Canada’s GDP. Businesses need customers to thrive – and to generate job growth. Businesses needs customers who can afford to buy what they are selling. With that additional money, workers may be able to access much needed health services like glasses, dental work, and prescription drugs which means healthier workers and communities


Considering the whole package of measures included in the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs, it is important that other key changes are not lost in an overzealous and negative reaction to minimum wage increases. 


These include: 

-          Mandating equal pay for part-time, temporary, casual and seasonal employees doing the same job as full-time employees; and equal pay for temporary help agency employees doing the same job as permanent employees

-          Expanding personal emergency leave to include an across-the-board minimum of at least two paid days and eight more protected unpaid emergency leave days per year for all workers

-          Bringing Ontario’s vacation time into line with the national average – at least three weeks after five years with a company

-          No medical note required for sick days if less than ten days annually.


Contact MPP Jeff Leal

Phone: 705-742-3777

Welcome to the Peterborough and District Labour Council web site. We are very excited to be able to communicate with local members and activists on-line. The site will assist us in keeping you informed of upcoming labour events, labour educationals, and labour council meetings. In addition, the site will provide affiliate members with a list of the elected Labour Council Executive and how to contact them. You will be able to access other labour sites such as the Canadian Labour Congress and the Ontario Federation of Labour by a simple click.

Friday April 28, 2017
hosted by Peterborough and District Labour Council at the Peterborough City Hall (500 George Street North) beginning at 10:45 am.
Hope to see you there!