It might be a routine stop for many Canadians but today at Tim Hortons outlets across Canada, Canadians turned up for something other than a Double Double.
The Canada-wide Day of Action saw unions, workers advocacy groups, and customers rally in support of Tim Hortons’ workers’ rights as staff at some Ontario locations face cutbacks to benefits and paid breaks as franchise owners seek to offset the minimum wage increase that came into effect across the province on January 1, 2018.
Protests outside Tim Hortons began as early as 8 am in Toronto and are ongoing across the country, with the latest happening in Vancouver this evening.
See how Canada turned out to support the people that serve them coffee every day.
— Barb Blasutti (@BarbBlasutti) January 19, 2018
— Michael Cnudde (@Mcnudde) January 19, 2018
— Beixi (@23456lbx) January 19, 2018
Wonderful to see so many activists saying #IStandWithTimHortonsWorkers today. Over 40 rallies in Ontario, and at #timhortons across the country. We are not going to back down from this. All workers must have fair treatment whether they are in a union or not. #15andfairness pic.twitter.com/YJ3RQSivFu
— Chris Buckley (@ChrisBuckleyOFL) January 19, 2018
— Beaches-EastYork NDP 🍞&🌹 (@BEYNDP) January 19, 2018
— Unifor Canada (@UniforTheUnion) January 20, 2018
— Sussanne Skidmore (@SussanneEVP) January 20, 2018
Vancouver in solidarity with Tim’s workers in Ontario and across Canada. Workers in Ontario deserve to keep their breaks and benefits; workers in BC need $15/hr! #15andFairness #IStandWithTimHortonsWorkers pic.twitter.com/HJ8hlcvFK0
— Michal Rozworski (@michalrozworski) January 20, 2018
@CiTRradio‘s #democracywatch is here reporting on the minimum wage protest in front of Tim Hortons at Commercial & 1st! Reporters @helloryanjones and @Sheikh_Rehmat talk to activist about #FightFor15 pic.twitter.com/XUbx1wcPhE
— Alex de Boer (@alexmdeboer) January 20, 2018