Tom Cooper rsvped for Public Sector Leadership: anchoring Ontario's living wage movement 2018-01-17 13:49:07 -0500
Join us on February 22-23 in Burlington. Together, we can build up our capacity to bring public sector employers into the growing living wage movement.
170 employers have signed on to become living wage employers in Ontario. Only a fraction of those employers are in the public sector. We know that hospitals, universities, schools, and municipal governments are anchor institutions in our communities. These employers provide decent jobs for many, while many more work in precarious contract positions.
It’s time to raise the floor on public sector work in Ontario. In the lead up to the provincial and municipal elections of 2018, there is an opportunity to engage civic, public sector, and non-profit leaders to ensure that the future of great cities centres on championing a living wage agenda.
We are currently assembling the agenda, and we'd value your input about the kind of exchanges you'd like to have at our event. Leave a comment at the bottom of this page or contact Craig Pickthorne directly with your suggestions and questions.
Check back on this event page as we'll be filling out the day's proceedings. Here are the times and locations:
Reception and keynote speech at the Waterfront Hotel
Conference at the Art Gallery Burlington
In order to be as accessible as possible, this event is free of charge. Thank you to the Atkinson Foundation for making this exchange possible.
Space is limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible.
UPDATE: Book your room at the Waterfront Hotel in Burlington for a special discounted rate of $139/night. Includes a buffet breakfast, Wi-Fi, and local calls. Group attendee code: OLWN. This hotel is just a 7-minute walk from our main venue, the Art Gallery of Burlington, and is also the site of our evening event the night before.
1-877-681-0767WHENFebruary 23, 2018 at 8:30amWHEREArt Gallery Burlington
1333 Lakeshore Rd
Burlington, ON L7S 1A9
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In Hamilton, Ontario we’re striving to make our City the Best Place to Raise a Child. Yet many parents in Hamilton with low wage jobs end up facing impossible choices; buy their children clothing or heat the house, feed their families or pay the rent. Child poverty in Hamilton is very much a low wage story. Many children growing up in poverty live in families with working parents.
In fact, 30,000 of those living below the low income cut-off in Hamilton have jobs, but don’t earn enough to pull themselves and their families out of poverty. This impacts family health, education levels and our community’s future prosperity. The solution is both practical and simple; it’s called a Living Wage.
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Isabella Daley works three part-time jobs to make ends meet. (NICK KOZAK / SPECIAL TO THE TORONTO STAR)
Isabella Daley had to borrow $169 from a friend last fall after she broke her ankle. She couldn’t afford an air cast.
Without it, she would have needed more days off work — all unpaid — making it harder than it already was to make it through the month. She’s been in worse situations, though. Not much compares to the pain she felt in 2005 when her 22-year-old son died.
“I didn’t have the money to bury him and why would I? I didn’t have insurance on my kid,” Daley said. “I didn’t have any savings. Who saves for their kid’s funeral?”
She managed, but only with donations from people she’d never met.
Today, Daley, who lives in Hamilton, works three part-time jobs trying to make ends meet. Still she only earned about $15,000 last year, she said.
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