February 13, 2018

Media advisory: Ontario Cupids take aim at Tim Hortons, delivering workers’ Valentine's at over 200 locations

(TORONTO, ON) -- On February 13, Valentine’s cards with messages of love and solidarity – as well as information about new workers’ rights from the Ministry of Labour – will be hand-delivered to hundreds of Tim Hortons outlets across Ontario.

Everyone can play cupid this February 13. To participate in the day of action and download the special valentine’s card, click here.

While millions of workers are benefiting from labour law improvements that came into effect on January 1, 2018, workers at Tim Hortons continue to face reprisals at the hands of parent company Restaurant Brands International.

The February 13 day of action is part of an ongoing campaign to win a $15 minimum wage and fair working conditions for all workers. The campaign is committed to further legislative changes that can curb the kinds of abuse experienced by frontline workers at Tim Hortons.

Representatives from the Ontario Federation of Labour and the Fight for $15 & Fairness Campaign will kick off the day with deliveries at the following locations:

8:00 AM
Meet at the Tim Hortons at 246 Bloor Street West
(Northwest corner of Bedford & Bloor)

    Media availability:
    Chris Buckley, President, Ontario Federation of Labour
    Deena Ladd, Coordinator, Workers’ Action Centre
    Media Contact -- Jared Ong, cell: 647-273-5285

8:00 AM
Meet at the Tim Hortons at 2150 Bloor Street West
(Northeast corner of Glendonwynne Rd and Bloor)
Media contact -- Brynne Sinclair-Waters, cell: 647-226-7184

10:30 AM
Meet at the Tim Hortons at 335 Parliament Street
(Northeast Corner of Dundas & Parliament)
Deena Ladd, Fight for $15 and Fairness
Media contact -- Deena Ladd, cell:416-836-2379

10:30 AM
Meet at the Tim Hortons at 444 Yonge Street
(Southwest corner of College & Yonge)
Media contact -- Beixi Liu, cell: 647-269-1963


Tim Hortons valentine’s visits will take place in 30+ cities across Ontario, to arrange local interviews please contact the following event organizers who have media availability:

Belleville

IAM Local 54

Jonathan Caverly

613-242-9930

Brampton

Fight for $15 and Fairness - Brampton

Navi Aujla

416-837-3871

Brantford

Brantford & District Labour Council

Roxanne Bond

 519-751-9371

Cornwall

Cornwall and District Labour Council

Lois Baker

613-571-8277

Etobicoke

Fight for $15 and Fairness - Rexdale

Abdul Barre

647-629-1793

Guelph

Guelph District Labour Council

Janice Folk Dawson

519-766-8376

Hamilton

Fight for $15 and Fairness - McMaster University

Chloe Rockarts

613-852-3992

Kingston

Fight for $15 and Fairness - Kingston

Lesley Jamieson

613-292-6484

Kitchener

Waterloo Regional Labour Council

Dave Eales

519-590-6516

London

London & District Labour Council

Patti Dalton

519-494-3901

North Bay

North Bay & District Labour Council

 Jared Hunt

705-845-8265

Oshawa

Durham Region Labour Council

John MacDonald

905-424-2776

Oshawa

We Are Oshawa

Cory Weir

289-675-4899

Ottawa

Fight for $15 and Fairness - Ottawa

Karen Cocq

647-970-8464

Scarborough

Fight for $15 and Fairness - Scarborough

Linda Bernard

647-299-5387

Sudbury

Sudbury Workers Education & Advocacy Centre

Melodie Berube

705-507-9795

Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay & District Labour Council

Marg Arnone

807-625-9687

Toronto

Fight for $15 and Fairness - York University

Alex Hunsberger

416-995-2870

Toronto

Toronto & York Region Labour Council

Susan McMurray

416-882-2247

 

The following regional community and labour organizations are also leading events as part of the Tim Hortons Day of Action, and they can be reached for comment:

Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW)

Leah Rowlinson

437-775-2735

Chinese Canadian National Council - Toronto

Justin Kong

647-609-0170

Decent Work and Health Network

Kate Atkinson

647-678-2684

Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO)

Mary Fowler

416-419-7514

Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations

Mina Rajabi

647-546-2523

Unifor

Lisa Kelly

416-409-8439

United Steelworkers (USW)

Carolyn Egan

416-806-7985

Workers United Canada Council

Ryan Hayes

416-997-3385


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For further information and to arrange interviews:

Meagan Perry, Communications Director, Ontario Federation of Labour
Email: mperry@ofl.ca l 416-948-5720

Nil Sendil, Communications Coordinator, Fight for $15 & Fairness
info@15andfairness.org  l 647-710-5795