Protesters held rallies at Tim Hortons stores across Ontario Wednesday in response to the decisions by some store franchises to make cuts to employees’ benefits to compensate for the implementation of a $14 minimum hourly wage.
A protest at the Division Street location in Cobourg drew hundreds, many carrying placards and flags. The controversy started at that and one other Cobourg location after an internal note to workers from owners Jeri-Lynn Horton Joyce and Ron Joyce Jr. went viral on social media shortly before the new year.
Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath joined the crowd amassed in the store’s parking lot Wednesday evening.
“No single mom or single dad for that matter should have to work two or three jobs just to put food on the table,” she told reporters.
Horwath is pleased to see a higher minimum wage but accuses the government of waiting till the eve of an election to do it, leading to a quick spike and great difficulty for workers and their bosses.