“Day of Action” takes place at Windsor Tim Hortons
Published Wednesday, January 10, 2018 6:05AM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, January 10, 2018 5:57PM EST
Union activists were handing out pamphlets at a Windsor Tim Hortons Wednesday, decrying recent decisions by two owners in Toronto.
The information pickets took place at about a dozen locations across Ontario as part of the “day of action” in support of workers at Tim Hortons.
Certain individual franchise owners have balked at having to pay the Wynne government’s mandated $14 an hour minimum wage, and have resorted to measures like eliminating paid breaks.
In a news release on the Tim Hortons corporate website, officials refer to these franchisees as rogue owners, saying the company doesn't support the measures taken in Cobourg.
“They're backing away and saying ‘oh it’s not our fault, it’s the franchisees,’ you have control, it would be fair to keep in mind that you say, hey play nice with all your workers,” says Brian Hogan, president of the Windsor-District Labour Council.
Hogan was part of the local demonstration at the Tim Hortons at Park Street East and Goyeau.
For now, the labour council is not calling for a boycott of Tim Hortons.
Hogan hopes the information pickets will put enough public pressure on the rogue owners to change their business practices and they're hoping this sort of "knee-jerk reaction" doesn't spread to more locations.