Andrea Horwath MPP, Hamilton-Centre

Government of Ontario

Better Jobs, Better Pay, Better Benefits - Make it Easier for Ontarians to Join a Union

Published on September 5, 2016

MPP Andrea Horwath announced new plans to help improve the quality of jobs, raise wages, and provide benefits for Ontario working families.

“Ontarians know that this province is a great place, but they’re watching as it gets harder to build a good life, especially for young people,” said Horwath. “People want to make a better life for themselves and their kids. We will help them do that. That’s why we will make it easier for people to join a union, and when they do, ensure they can get a fair contract.”

Horwath is calling for Card Check Certification, and First Contract Arbitration legislation. Together these measures make it easier for Ontarians to join a union. They reduce the possibility of intimidation of workers, and ensure access to binding arbitration so that if the parties come to an impasse a first contract can be achieved.

“I believe the next generation deserves a real future in Ontario. It’s why New Democrats believe Ontarians deserve a $15 minimum wage; that temporary workers deserve the same wages and benefits as permanent workers doing the same jobs; and that we must protect the rights of people to work together, join a union, and enjoy fair pay and good benefits,” said Horwath. “Ontarians can count on us to focus on a future with good, middle class jobs for them and their children.”

Horwath was joined by young workers who face low wages, unpredictable scheduling, no benefits and little security. Horwath spoke with young people about what joining a union could mean, such as better jobs with higher wages, real benefits, job stability and better scheduling.