Meili calls for $15/hr minimum wage, welcomes UFCW endorsement

Ryan Meili and Norm Neault

Today Saskatchewan NDP leadership candidate Ryan Meili called for an increase in the minimum wage to $15 per hour, and welcomed the endorsements of Saskatchewan's largest private-sector union local, Local 1400 of the United Food and Commercial Workers, and the Saskatchewan UFCW Provincial Council.

"UFCW is supporting Ryan Meili as the best candidate to change the political climate in Saskatchewan," said UFCW Local 1400 President Norm Neault.

“Taking on the corruption in our political system and this government’s anti-worker policies requires bold thinking and big ideas. In his work in the community, and as the MLA for Saskatoon Meewasin, Ryan has consistently demonstrated his commitment to fighting for equality, fairness, and the needs and aspirations of working people. His stance on political donations is just one prime example of his commitment to fairness and equality.”

“UFCW has been a leader in the fight to not just defend the historical gains of workers, but to expand and improve all workers’ rights,” Meili said. “Strong unions are essential to a healthy society; UFCW’s fight to raise the minimum wage to $15 would have a powerful and positive impact on many people’s lives, and I commit to raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour within the first two years of an NDP government.”

“No one should live in poverty, but the fact that people are living in poverty while working full time is deeply unfair,” Meili added. “Studies consistently show that raising the minimum wage improves health outcomes, improves the economy through increased spending, and does not negatively impact employment.”

UFCW, the largest private-sector union in the province, represents more than 8,000 workers across Saskatchewan, including workers at Maple Leaf Foods; Federated Co-op; Ardent Mills; P&H Milling; Prairie Pride; Loblaw; Co-op retail stores; Moose Jaw Safeway; hotels in Moose Jaw, Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Yorkton; K-bro Linen; Compass Group; credit unions throughout the province; the Saskatchewan Science Centre; national security guard companies; and the Pepsi-Cola and Coke bottling plants in Regina.

For comment please contact:

  • Dave Mitchell (306) 992-2691
  • Norm Neault (306) 384-5787

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