CFRA 580: ACORN and community partners demand living wage for Ottawa cleaners

Posted June 23, 2015

Ottawa area cleaners will be joined Saturday by the anti-poverty group ACORN and the Service Employees Union Local 2, to demand the government implement a living wage policy.
 
ACORN says there are over 3000 people employed as cleaners in Ottawa, the vast majority of them immigrants and women, and many of them work in federally owned buildings.
 
They'll be meeting at Ottawa City Hall Saturday at 12:15 p.m.
 
They're calling on the Conservative government to enact a policy that would ensure these workers get a minimum wage of 15 dollars an hour, plus health benefits.
 
Blaine Cameron, with ACORN, tells CFRA an increased wage will have many benefits.
 
"They'll be able to afford a healthier diet, which will have less of an impact on the health care system," he said. "It will contribute to the local economy, they'll be paying more in taxes. All around, it's a better deal for them, and for society."
 
Cleaners currently make $11.50 an hour, which Cameron calls a "poverty wage."
 
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Article by Ted Raymond for CFRA 580