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  • NL Federation of Labour Rallies in Support of $15 Minimum Wage

    Delegates attending the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour annual general meeting joined forces toward a common goal today as they rallied for an increase to the province’s minimum wage.

    Over 200 people marched from the Sheraton hotel to the Colonial Building this afternoon, many participants were union members attending the NLFL AGM, which concludes later today.

    The rally featured several speeches from labour leaders like NAPE President Jerry Earle, who told the crowd that unions have always stood up against worker injustice. He says an example is that 32 per cent of the people in the province are making less than $15.00 an hour.

    CUPE President, Sherry Hilliard suggests a higher minimum wage could help to attract people back to the provincial workforce and points to the rising unemployment rate.

    President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour, Mary Shortall admits there is a lot of negativity out there over the possibility of a hike. However, she says the bigger the gap between the rich and the poor, the harder it is on the economy.

    Shortall says experts across the country back up her statement, and she feels when money is put in the hands of the worker it helps to improve the entire economy.

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