October 05, 2016

Faith leaders speak out for decent work

Leaders from a variety of faith communities have launched an online statement in support of the campaign for $15 and Fairness. The statement reads, in part:

“As religious and spiritual leaders, we have a history of pursuing fairness, justice, and compassion in our communities. We know that decent working conditions are essential to strong and prosperous communities, and are distressed that Ontario’s current labour laws do not protect workers from poverty… In a wealthy country like Canada, no person should be living in poverty. Decent work must be a core aspect of Ontario’s anti-poverty agenda, along with other measures to ensure that all of us live in dignity.”

We are confident that many more faith leaders will want to add their names to this statement and we are counting on you to circulate it among your own faith networks. Faith leaders may add their names online here or by signing a two-page printable version that can be mailed, or scanned and emailed, to our office. 

Our intention is to organize a media event toward the end of November to call attention to what we expect will be hundreds of Faith Leader signatories. But, we need your support to secure as many signatures as possible. Please act now to circulate the statement. 

Toronto, Interfaith Outdoor Prayer Vigil
Thursday, October 6: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Queen’s Park
Everyone in the Toronto area is invited to join the Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition (ISARC) in its annual prayer vigil where members of different faith traditions will be praying for forceful action to ensure fair wages and to reduce poverty. All are welcome and encouraged to participate. To RSVP and share on Facebook click here. For more information visit the ISARC website here.

Rabbis Join the Campaign for $15 and Fairness
On the eve of High Holidays, Rabbis published an important opinion piece in the Toronto Star. In it, they called for a $15 minimum wage and fairness for all workers. They emphasized the importance of emergency leave, of paid sick days and of fair scheduling. Click here to read and share the op-ed.