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Raise minimum wage to $14 per hour: Open letter from Ontario's RNs to Premier Kathleen Wynne

2014-01-28

TORONTO, Jan. 28, 2014 – The Ontario government must make an essential investment in the province's health by raising the minimum wage to $14 per hour in the next provincial budget, Ontario's nurses say.

RNs know that an increased minimum wage will provide Ontarians with a pathway out of poverty and into good health. That's why the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) has issued an open letter urging Premier Kathleen Wynne to act on behalf of the province's 534,000 minimum wage workers.

RNAO has been advocating for a minimum wage increase since the rate was frozen at $10.25 in 2010, leaving many Ontarians to live below the poverty line. Despite reports the Wynne government may raise the minimum wage to $11 per hour, nurses know that $14 is a healthier hourly wage.

Read RNAO's letter to Premier Wynne.

The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has advocated for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses’ contribution to shaping the health-care system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve.

For more information about RNAO, visit our website at www.RNAO.ca. You can also check out our Facebook page at www.RNAO.org/facebook and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RNAO

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For more information, or to arrange an interview with a nurse, please contact:

Marion Zych, Director of Communications, RNAO
Cell: 647-406-5605 / Office: 416-408-5605
Toll free: 1-800-268-7199 ext. 209
mzych@RNAO.ca
www.RNAO.ca

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