NL NDP launches Raise the Minimum Wage Campaign
(June 5, 2014) On Saturday, June 14 please join New Democrats across the province in talking to our neighbours about RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE.
WHY DOES THIS MATTER?
- In our province, we have the greatest percentage of the workforce earning the provincial minimum wage in Canada, with WOMEN, YOUTH and those from RURAL areas making up a disproportionate number of these workers
- There has been NO INCREASE in the minimum wage since 2010, which has had detrimental impacts on the purchasing power of the most vulnerable members of the provincial workforce
- Minimum wage earners DO NOT earn enough money for the necessities of life, and even full-time minimum wage earners barely meet the Low-Income Cut-Off (LICO) of $19,496 (single person)
- Government has IGNORED the recommendations of its own 2012 Minimum Wage Review Committee for an immediate increase to reflect the cost of living, and annual adjustments in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI), and instead legislated a 25-cent increase in October 2014, and a 25-cent increase in October 2015, with no indexing
- Other provinces and territories have been raising their minimum wages, leaving NL on the low end
WHAT ARE WE DOING ABOUT IT?
Our call to Raise the Minimum Wage and tie future increases to the Consumer Price Index highlights the difference between New Democrats and the other two parties in this province.
On April 16, 2014 the NDP presented a private member’s motion calling on government to accept the recommendations of government’s 2012 Minimum Wage Review Committee: immediately raise the hourly wage of the province’s lowest-paid workers and index future increases to the cost of living.
All MHAs present from both the Liberal and PC caucuses voted against the NDP Private Member’s motion.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP!
A copy of the Petition we will be asking our neighbours to sign is attached here (NL NDP Raise the Minimum Wage Petition) if you would like to get a head start gathering signatures – bring to your workplace, your schools, your neighbours!
Whether you are an experienced campaigner or this is your first time, don’t worry! We will give you all the information you need to feel comfortable and you won’t be canvassing alone. But remember to dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.
To get involved call Mark at the Provincial Office at 709-739-6387 or email@example.com and we will connect you with people in your community.
NL NDP elects new executive
(May 18, 2014) The Newfoundland and Labrador New Democratic Party concluded its biennial convention today. The highlight of Sunday’s events was the election of a new executive.
Executive members are:
- President: Kathleen Connors
- Associate President: Kyle Rees
- Associate President (Labour): Bill Hynd
- Treasurer: Jenn Deon
- Secretary: Rick Boland
- Federal Liaison: Jamie Brace
- Membership Secretary: Jeanne Clarke
- Labrador Representative: Mike Goosney
- Western Representative: Bernice Hancock
- Central Representative: Lukas Norman
- Eastern Representative: Ane Christensen
- South Coast Representative: TBC
- Women’s Representative: Meaghan Barnhill
- Federal Women’s Council Representative: Alana Cahill
- Youth Representative: Tim Peckford
- Labour Representatives: Eric Leukert; Susan Shiner
- Members at Large: Peg Norman; Holly Pike; Rob Ritter
- Caucus Representative: George Murphy
The executive holds its first formal meeting on Wednesday, May 21.
NL NDP endorses Michael as leader
The party’s bienniel convention is ongoing at the Holiday Inn in St. John’s until tomorrow, May 18.
Delegates were asked to vote on whether or not they wanted to hold a leadership convention. Just over 75% said they did not want to.
Michael said she was happy with the delegate support and is eager to move forward.
“We’re planning for an election,” she told reporters after the vote. “We’ve got lots of work to do. The caucus members, the executive, the members – we will continue to work together to do what needs to be done.”