We are the U of M chapter of Fight for $15 and Fairness Manitoba, a group organizing to raise the minimum wage, improve employment standards, and improve access to unions in Manitoba. FF15F is an international campaign that started in New York and has since spread to other states and provinces in North America. Currently in Manitoba, according to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the living wage would be approximately $15 an hour. However, the currently implemented minimum wage is only $11.35 an hour. As many students are minimum wage or low wage workers, this is a fight that is particularly relevant to the university demographic, and rising tuition costs in the province make this fight even more pressing.
It is not uncommon for minimum wage and low wage workers to suffer from a lack of benefits (pension, health coverage, paid sick days, etc.), inconsistent scheduling, little say in workplace conditions, and lack of respect. FF15F hopes to give minimum wage workers a voice based on their experiences by raising awareness for the movement’s five demands through community outreach and engagement at the University of Manitoba. The five demands are as follows:
1. Ensure all workers are paid at least $15 an hour, regardless of their age, student status, citizenship status, incarceration, and job or sector of employment, and adjust the minimum wage annually based on inflation;
2. Strengthen health and safety regulation enforcement on all job sites, including safety from workplace bullying, and ensure that workers who bring forward experiences of racism, gendered violence, threats to immigration status, ableism, and all other discrimination do so without repercussion or intimidation;
3. Provide at least seven (7) days of paid sick leave per year and three (3) paid family days per year;
4. Grant automatic union certification when 55% of workers sign union cards – without a secret ballot;
5. Improve scheduling laws to give workers at least two weeks’ advance notice of their schedules and 48 hours’ notice of employer-initiated schedule changes.
We hope that we will be able to spark important conversations about workplace conditions and workers’ rights in Manitoba.
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