Nearly 200 J4J and ACORN members were joined by supporters at City Hall on Saturday June 20th to call on the Conservative government to introduce a Living Wage Policy which includes $15 per hour and health benefits in federally owned properties.
The ‘Invisible No More Campaign’ is part of an effort to raise awareness about standards in the janitorial industry in Ottawa. A Living Wage policy could immediately lift nearly one thousand of our members and their families above the poverty line.
“I think the government should be embarrassed,” said J4J member Ramses Pierre-Louis, who’s been working in the janitorial industry for over 20 years and currently cleans at the Canadian Museum of Nature. “Their policies hurt working families in Ottawa and it’s about time we stood up for change.”
Amongst the panel that spoke in support of our members were NDP MP Nycole Turmel, Ottawa City Councillor Catherine McKenney, Trish Henessy of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and Aimee Beboso of the Philippine Migrants Society of Canada.
“Communities across Ontario and Canada are taking up the living wage initiative – calculating what it takes for a working family to make ends meet,” says Trish Hennessy, director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Ontario Office. “The living wage conversation highlights the inadequacy of minimum wage and it’s attracting a growing number of employers who not only want to pay a living wage but champion the idea too. We’re also seeing some employers draw loyal customers who want to support the living wage initiative – it’s good for business.”
For more information, please visit www.InvisibleNoMoreOttawa.org.