October 02, 2016

What a kick-off we had for Decent Work Week!

The October 1 rally drew thousands from across Ontario to Queen’s Park where we stood together calling for a $15 minimum wage and fairness for all workers. We heard from public and private sector workers, including those who work in retail, hospitality and food services, construction, libraries, security, colleges, universities and more. Together we sent a strong message to our Members of Provincial Parliament that Ontarians want meaningful changes to our employment and labour laws! Click here to see a great news clip of the rally captured by City News.

Feeder marches heading to Queen’s Park shut down the College St / University Ave intersection with live music and chants for $15 & Fairness.Click here for more pictures.

DECENT WORK WEEK – Let’s keep this momentum going!

October 7 is the World Day for Decent Work, and we’re organizing events throughout the week to mark the day in Ontario. Scroll down to find an action near you and encourage your community, workplace, union local or campus to join this fight for decent work.

OCTOBER 3, Monday

Ottawa, Harvesting Freedom Demonstration
12:00 p.m. (noon) – 1:30 p.m. at Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (300 Laurier Ave West)
Come out to the final stop of the Harvesting Freedom Caravan tour to call for fairness for migrant workers. Migrant workers need status upon arrival and better protection under the law. Increasing fairness and rights for migrant workers is essential to improving decent work for all, click here to download a brand new flyer – please share widely.
To RSVP and share on Facebook click here. Visit harvestingfreedom.org for more information.

OCTOBER 5, Wednesday

Peterborough, Working Right(s) Forum on Employment Law

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Peterborough Public Health (185 King St)
What are our current rights as workers and what are the legislative changes we need to make work better for all of us? Come and learn about the gaps in Ontario’s outdated labour laws and become a part of the solution. To RSVP and share on Facebook click here.

Toronto, Ontario Federation of Labour MPP Lobby

All day at Queen’s Park
Workers will meet more than 60 MPPs from all three provincial parties to talk about the comprehensive changes we need to Ontario’s labour laws and employment standards. If you can join the lobby, please RSVP to Lucas Costello lucascostello@gmail.com as soon as possible. Only those registered in advance will be able to attend.

Toronto, Precarious Work and Health Forum

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Centre for Urban Health Solutions (209 Victoria St, Room 136)
Every day, health care workers see the impact of bad jobs on their patients. Sadly, even health providers are affected by bad working conditions. Join this public forum to discuss how health organizations can improve working conditions in their sector and beyond.
To RSVP and share on Facebook click here. For more information and speaker bios click here.

OCTOBER 6, Thursday

Online, Free Webinar on the Fight for Decent Work

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. hosted by the Tamarack Institute
Participate in this free webinar to learn more about the Ministry of Labour’s Changing Workplace Review and how you can get involved in this movement to update Ontario’s labour laws. You need to register to attend this event, please click here to do so.
For more information click here.

Sudbury, “Voices of the Working North” – Video Release Party

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Cambrian Open Studio (93 Cedar St)
Don’t miss the special release of the Voices of the Working North video which documents the struggles Greater Sudbury Workers face on a daily basis. The launch will be followed by guest speakers and the showcase of the Migrant Dreams documentary trailer.
To RSVP and share on Facebook click here.

Ottawa, A Day’s Work Documentary Screening

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at University of Ottawa Alumni Auditorium (85 University Private)
Come out to the screening of the award-winning documentary A Day’s Work that exposes the temp agency industry. The film producer Dave DeSario will be joining for a discussion after the screening.
To RSVP and share on Facebook click here.

Mississauga, Airport Worker Action

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Pearson International Airport (Outside terminal 1)
Join this solidarity action for workers facing threats and retaliation at Washington’s DCA airport and call for $15 and Fairness for all airport workers. Rides are available from Kipling Subway Station.
To RSVP and share on Facebook click here.

Toronto, Interfaith Outdoor Prayer Vigil

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Queen’s Park
Attend the annual prayer vigil where members of different faith traditions will be joined in prayer to call for forceful action to ensure fair wages and reduce poverty. Please encourage others from your faith community to also attend this prayerful gathering.
To RSVP and share on Facebook click here. For more information click here.

OCTOBER 7, Friday

World Day for Decent Work MPP Visits

All day at MPP constituency offices throughout Ontario
Supporters of the Fight for $15 & Fairness campaign will be organizing visits to their local Members of Provincial Parliament. With the government’s ongoing review of our labour laws, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to raise the employment standards floor for everyone.

Sudbury, Community BBQ and Art Project

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Memorial Park
Join this family-friendly event to celebrate the decent work week with your friends, co-workers and neighbours. There will be a BBQ, a fun booth and swag. There will also be a community art piece where you can leave your mark. You’ll also have the opportunity to write a postcard to your MPP to tell them why we need a $15 minimum wage, seven paid sick days, equal pay, union rights and more.
To RSVP and share on Facebook click here.