MEDIA ADVISORY — Ontario Cupids take aim at Tim Hortons, delivering workers’ Valentines at over 200 locations

TORONTO, Feb. 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On February 13, Valentine’s cards with messages of love and solidarity – as well as information about new workers’ rights from the Ministry of Labour – will be hand-delivered to hundreds of Tim Hortons outlets across Ontario.

Everyone can play cupid this February 13. To participate in the day of action and download the special Valentine’s card, click here.

While millions of workers are benefitting from labour law improvements that came into effect on January 1, 2018, workers at Tim Hortons continue to face reprisals at the hands of parent company Restaurant Brands International.

The February 13 day of action is part of an ongoing campaign to win a $15 minimum wage and fair working conditions for all workers. The campaign is committed to further legislative changes that can curb the kinds of abuse experienced by frontline workers at Tim Hortons.

Representatives from the Ontario Federation of Labour and the Fight for $15 & Fairness Campaign will kick off the day with deliveries at the following locations:

8:00 AM, February 13, 2018
Meet at the Tim Hortons at 246 Bloor Street West
(Northwest corner of Bedford & Bloor)
Media availability:
Chris Buckley, President, Ontario Federation of Labour
Deena Ladd, Fight for $15 and Fairness
Media Contact -- Jared Ong, cell: 647-273-5285

8:00 AM, February 13, 2018
Meet at the Tim Hortons at 2150 Bloor Street West
(Northeast corner of Glendonwynne Rd and Bloor)
Media contact -- Brynne Sinclair- Waters , cell: 647-226-7184

10:30 AM, February 13, 2018
Meet at the Tim Hortons at 335 Parliament Street
(Northeast Corner of Dundas & Parliament)
Deena Ladd, Fight for $15 and Fairness
Media contact --  Deena Ladd, cell: 416-836-2379

10:30 AM, February 13, 2018
Meet at the Tim Hortons at 444 Yonge Street
(Southwest corner of College & Yonge)
Media contact -- Beixi Liu, cell: 647-269-1963

Tim Hortons Valentine’s visits will take place in over 25 cities across Ontario, to arrange local interviews please contact the following event organizers who have media availability:

BellevilleIAM Local 54Jonathan Caverly613-242-9930
BramptonFight for $15 and Fairness - BramptonNavi Aujla416-837-3871
BrantfordBrantford & District Labour Council Roxanne Bond 519-751-9371
CornwallCornwall and District Labour CouncilLois Baker613-571-8277
EtobicokeFight for $15 and Fairness - RexdaleAbdul Barre647-629-1793
GuelphGuelph District Labour CouncilJanice Folk Dawson519-766-8376
HamiltonFight for $15 and Fairness - McMaster UniversityChloe Rockarts613-852-3992
KingstonFight for $15 and Fairness - KingstonLesley Jamieson613-292-6484
KitchenerWaterloo Regional Labour CouncilDave Eales519-590-6516
LondonLondon & District Labour CouncilPatti Dalton519-494-3901
North BayNorth Bay & District Labour Council  Jared Hunt705-845-8265
OshawaDurham Region Labour CouncilJohn MacDonald905-424-2776
OshawaWe Are OshawaCory Weir289-675-4899
OttawaFight for $15 and Fairness - OttawaKaren Cocq647-970-8464
ScarboroughFight for $15 and Fairness - ScarboroughLinda Bernard647-299-5387
SudburySudbury Workers Education & Advocacy CentreMelodie Berube705-507-9795
Thunder BayThunder Bay & District Labour CouncilMarg Arnone807-625-9687
TorontoFight for $15 and Fairness - York UniversityAlex Hunsberger416-995-2870
TorontoToronto & York Region Labour CouncilSusan McMurray416-882-2247

The following regional community and labour organizations are also leading events as part of the Tim Hortons Day of Action, and they can be reached for comment:

Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW)Leah Rowlinson437-775-2735
Decent Work and Health NetworkKate Atkinson647-678-2684
Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO)Mary Fowler416-419-7514
Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations Mina Rajabi647-546-2523
UniforLisa Kelly416-409-8439
United Steelworkers (USW)Carolyn Egan416-806-7985

For further information and to arrange interviews:

Meagan Perry, Communications Director
Email: l 416-894-3456

Nil Sendil, Communications Coordinator, Fight for $15 & Fairness l 647-710-5795