February 10, 2017

February 14 – Ontario day of action on campuses

These days there is an incredible momentum in Ontario campuses as students, workers and faculty get ready for the February 14 Outreach Blitz: Campuses Love $15 & Fairness.

Increasingly, students are being squeezed by the rising tuition fees and low-wages. Campus workers deal with appalling working conditions and contracting out. Meanwhile faculty staff juggle piecemeal contracts, while facing unfair pay and lack of stability. This has to stop.

Together, we have the power to strengthen working conditions at our campuses and raise the floor for all workers across Ontario. The recent mobilizations at York University are the proof! In recent weeks, hundreds of students, faculty and community members have come together to support the striking food service workers who are fighting for a starting wage of $15, paid sick days, and a workplace free from Islamophobic and racist harassment.

york15.caClick here to watch & share the video displaying the incredible energy and solidarity at York.

Of course, the fight at York has just begun, and to win it we need the support of every single one of us. If you haven’t already, please take a moment now to send a message to York University President ShoukriWinning $15 & Fairness at York will take us that much closer to win it at other workplaces, as well as provincially through labour law reform.

Already sent your letter? Take a solidarity selfie explaining your support, share it on social media. Don’t forget to use the hashtags #15andFairness and #YorkU.


For upcoming Fight for $15 & Fairness events in your community, please scroll down. Can’t see an event near you? Let us know how we can help you to organize one in your neighbourhood, campus or workplace.

February 11
KINGSTON OUTREACH
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm | Food Basics, 33 Barrack St click here for a map
On Saturday, join us as we take to the streets and speak with other members of our Kingston community about the need for decent pay and decent work in Ontario! We’ll be stationing outside the Food Basics/LCBO. Make sure to dress warmly!
To RSVP and share on Facebook, click here.

February 13
WEBINAR ON $15 & FAIRNESS
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm | Online, at a computer near you
You’re invited! Join this FREE webinar, sponsored by CIRA, the Canadian Industrial Relations Association. Just register by clicking this link and join us on Monday, as we discuss our pan-Canadian, North American-wide movement that seeks to raise the floor of wages and working conditions for all workers. Please note you must register in advance to be able to attend.
To find more details, and share the event on Facebook, click here.

February 14 – Ontario Campuses
This Valentine’s Day, we’ll be talking to students, staff and faculty about $15 & Fairness at campuses across the province. We’ll be collecting signatures on our petition for $15 & fairness and inviting people to write valentines to their boss – click here to see a sample valentineFor the most recent list of February 14 campus events, click here, we’ll be updating it regularly.

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY
10:00 am – 12:00 pm | Mackintosh-Corey Hall, 68 University Ave. click here for a map 
To RSVP and share on Facebook, click here.

CARLETON UNIVERSITY
10:00 am to 12:00 pm | Second floor of Loeb (the tunnel) click here for a map
To RSVP and share on Facebook, click here.

WILFRID LAURIER UNIVERSITY – MAIN CAMPUS (WATERLOO)
10:00 am – 1:00 pm | Concourse click here for a map
To RSVP and share on Facebook, click here.

WILFRID LAURIER UNIVERSITY – BRANTFORD CAMPUS
10:00 am to 5:00 pm | RCW Lobby, 73 George St. click here for a map
To RSVP and share on Facebook, click here.

NIPISSING UNIVERSITY
10:00 am TO 3:00 pm | 100 College Drive (outside the campus shop) click here for a map
To RSVP and share on Facebook, click here.

BROCK UNIVERSITY
10:00 am to 4:00 pm| Mackenzie Chown A.

To RSVP and share on Facebook, click here.

McMASTER UNIVERSITY
10:30 am – 4:00 pm | Mills Library Lobby, 1280 Main St. W. click here for a map 
To RSVP and share on Facebook, click here.

YORK UNIVERSITY
11:00 am to 1:00 pm | Central Square click here for a map
To RSVP and share on Facebook, click here.

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
11:00 am to 2:00 pm | Faculty of Arts & Sciences, 100 St George St. click here for a map
To RSVP and share on Facebook, click here.

RYERSON UNIVERSITY
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Bridge between POD and Library Building click here for a map
To RSVP and share on Facebook, click here.

February 15
YORK UNIVERSITY: SOLIDARITY RALLY
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm | Tim Hortons at the Central Square click here for a map
Aramark food service workers at York University are bargaining a new contract and need our support to get a fair deal. Over 100 allies joined our first solidarity rally. Let’s double the numbers for this one, and help the workers win a $15 minimum wage and fair working conditions.
To RSVP and share on Facebook, click here.

February 16
BRANTFORD: PUBLIC FORUM FOR $15 & FAIRNESS
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm | RCW Lobby, 73 George St. click here for a map
Save the date! We will be hosting a panel of community members and movement leaders to share why they believe $15 & Fairness is important. Speakers will include students, Wilfrid Laurier University faculty, community members, representatives from the Decent Work & Health Network, as well as Fight for $15 & Fairness movement leaders.
To RSVP and share on Facebook, click here.

February 18
WEST TORONTO BLITZ
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm | Tim Hortons, 1094 Bloor St West click here for a map
Do you live in the West End? Join us in the neighbourhood to spread the word for the Fight for $15 & Fairness! We need to send a message to our elected members of provincial parliament (MPPs) – help us mobilize our neighbours and get organized.
To RSVP and share on Facebook, click here.

February 21
TORONTO: FIGHT FOR $15 AND FAIRNESS CITY-WIDE ORGANIZING MEETING
5:30 to 8:00 pm | Suite 223, 720 Spadina Ave click here for a map
Join us for our next city-wide Fight for $15 and Fairness organizing meeting! We know we have the majority with us, but we need to organize this sentiment and put pressure on our MPPs to make sure we get the legislative changes we need in 2017! Snacks at 5:30 pm – Meeting begins at 6:00 pm and finishes at 8:00 pm.
To RSVP and share on Facebook, click here.

February 25
SCARBOROUGH OUTREACH
12:30 pm to 3:00 pm | Scarborough Town Centre Subway entrance click here for a map
Come out on Saturday February 25 and bring a friend 🙂 We’ll meet at the Scarborough Town Centre entrance adjacent to the station. There will be petitions and leaflets ready to go, and together we’ll talk with passersby about the fight for decent work for all.
To RSVP and share on Facebook, click here.