Tim Hortons Locations Targeted For Protests Over Benefit Cuts

A Tim Hortons sign in Kingston Ont., Thurs. Oct. 12, 2017.

More than a dozen Tim Hortons locations across Ontario were being targeted for protest on Wednesday, amid a controversy over how the coffee chain has responded to Ontario’s minimum wage hike.

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) and the Fight for $15 and Fairness Campaign announced plans for protests at 15 Tim Hortons locations across the province, including nine in Toronto, “to demand that the corporation not roll back workers’ wages and benefits.”

Coffee @TimHortons used to be special for #Canadians. Now it is a symbol of corporate greed & injustice!
Come out Jan10 in support of workers. Call RBI (corpOwner) at 905 845 6511 & tell them Rollback ALL punitive measures against #TimHortons workers in #Ontario#TOpoli#canlabpic.twitter.com/2RDsJwFbDB

— TYR Labour Council (@torontolabour) January 9, 2018

The move comes in the wake of reports that Tim Hortons franchisees in Cobourg, Ont., who happened to be the children of chain co-founder Ron Joyce, had cancelled paid breaks for employees, and started requiring them to pay for a portion of their health and dental benefits.

That came as Ontario’s minimum wage jumped to $14 per hour on Jan. 1, from $11.60 beforehand. The minimum wage is scheduled to rise again to $15 in 2019.

The chain’s head office sought to distance itself from its franchisees’ actions, calling the franchisees’ actions “reckless” and “completely unacceptable.”

But the OFL laid the blame squarely at the feet of head office.

“This is outrageous coming from a hugely profitable multinational company,” the group said in a statement issued Tuesday.

Also on HuffPost Canada:
Kathleen Wynne Calls Out Tim Hortons Franchisees For Slashing Benefits Companies Divided On Whether To Slash Benefits Or Raise Prices In Wake Of Wage Hike

“The Tim Hortons corporation dictates virtually every detail of the franchise-owner’s business practice. It even stipulates the required net worth (at least $1.5 million) of any potential franchise owner. It’s clear the parent corporation has the power to fully restore workers’ wages, benefits, and working conditions.”

Watch: Ontario the undisputed champion of minimum wage

The OFL and the Fight for $15 Campaign are not the only groups mobilizing in the wake of the Tim Hortons controversy. A boycott movement has broken out under the hashtag #NoTimmiesTuesday, which would see Tim Hortons customers visit independent coffee stores on Tuesdays, in protest over the franchisees’ moves.

And Tim Hortons franchises are by no

Source:: The Huffington Post – Canada Travel

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