BC ACORN members rally for a raise in the minimum wage

Posted February 17, 2015

This past Sunday in downtown Vancouver, over 20 ACORN members and approximately 40 labour allies joined the fight for a $15 minimum wage by rallying in front of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business offices, calling on the pro-business lobby group to "show workers some love" and support higher wages for workers.  

The action focused on how women are disproportionately affected by low wages, as 70% of minimum wage earners between the ages of 25 and 54 are women.  

ACORN members Jamie O'Keefe (Burnaby), Apryll Farmer Testa (Vancouver), and Morgan Sinclair (Burnaby) headed up the action, speaking about their experiences working for lower wages and the need to organize around this issue.  BC Federation of Labour President Irene Lanzginer also participated in the action, expressing the solidarity of the labour movement for this important campaign.  

There will be minimum wage actions or events scheduled every 15th of the month for the rest of the year, so make sure you come out and get involved! Contact the BC ACORN office for more information.

Press:

CTV Vancouver: BC residents rally to raise minimum wage to $15/hour (video)

CBC News Vancouver: Rally Against Poverty (video)

Metro News: Labour groups Fight for 15, call on B.C. to hike minimum wage

The Province: Vancouver rally urges B.C.'s minimum wage be raised to $15

Vancouver Sun: Vancouver rally calls for increase in minimum wage to $15 an hour

Breakfast Television: Protests Over Minimum Wage (video)