Toronto, ON – The Ontario government has wrapped up its public consultations on Bill 148 which will make major changes to labour standards in the province. Following public hearings in Thunder Bay, North Bay, Windsor, London and Kitchener-Waterloo, no fewer than 35 delegations made presentations to the Steering Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs at Queens Park. The IAM made its presentation in London earlier in the week.
The Bill make some significant changes, including raising the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour in 2019, that will advance the cause of decent work. With a few amendments, the bill could safeguard decent work for future generations and the Ontario Federation of Labour points out that making it easier for a worker to join a union. OFL president Chris Buckley told a news conference at Queens Park the government must raise the floor for all workers and providing card-check certification would make it easier to join a union….