May 14, 2017

Call your MPP right NOW! ⏰

The CBC’s Mike Crawley and the Toronto Star’s Martin Regg Cohn have published leaked information from Liberal cabinet members that show many of our $15 and Fairness demands are being considered for legislation. But there is a real battle underway — what we do now will make all the difference. According to Martin Regg Cohn:

“Government sources say most elements are falling into place after public hearings and private lobbying that has pitted [workers’] demands against a backlash from the corporate sector — with the governing Liberals caught in the middle. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because cabinet deliberations are supposed to remain confidential. In an interview, [Labour Minister Kevin] Flynn hinted strongly at the direction he is taking — if he can win support from his cabinet colleagues.

Cohn also notes:
“The provincial cabinet will decide next week how far to take the package of reforms spearheaded by Labour Minister Kevin Flynn after a two-year review, Changing Workplaces, headed by outside experts.” Clearly, there is no time to lose. What we do now will shape the outcome of the entire Changing Workplaces Review. 

That’s why we’re asking everyone to take $15 minutes now to call, email (or even visit) your MPP. (To find your MPP, click here. For a list of MPP phone numbers and email addresses scroll down.)

As Mike Crawley points out, we need to keep pushing for the best possible legislation because there’s pressure to back away from what workers really need:

“The [final] report urges the government to make paid sick days a right for all employees, but does not recommend a minimum number. Currently, there is no mandate for paid sick days under provincial law. Researchers estimate 40 to 50 per cent of Ontario workers don’t get paid if they call in sick, at least three million people.”  

It’s up to us to demand seven (7) paid sick days plus all the other aspects of $15 and Fairness. Please call your your MPP and tell them to:

  • Legislate at least seven (7) paid sick days, extend job-protection to all workplaces for 10 days of unpaid emergency leave and provide three weeks of paid vacation to all workers.
  • End exemptions or exceptions in the Employment Standards Act (ESA) and Labour Relations Act (LRA) – the rules apply to everyone and protect everyone.
  • Expand the definition of employer in both the ESA and LRA, including joint and several liabilities as well as related and joint employers.
  • Legislate equal pay and benefits for equal work (including temporary agency, part-time, casual and contract workers) and eliminate sub-minimum wage rates established in the ESA.
  • Provide at least two weeks of advanced scheduling notice.
  • Expand the definition of employee to stop the misclassification of workers.
  • Invest in stronger enforcement of the ESA and LRA and prosecute employers who flout the law.
  • Extend just cause protection within the LRA and to ESA.
  • Enshrine the right to free association through protection for concerted activity.
  • Restore card-check certification; provide early disclosure of workplace information (neutral, online or telephone voting); remedial certification; and expedited and extended power to reinstate workers before the first agreement.
  • Provide access to first contract arbitration.
  • Extend successor rights to protect workers in the case of contract flipping.
  • Consolidate bargaining units in the case of the same certified bargaining agent.
  • Provide a framework for broader-based bargaining.
  • Guarantee the right to strike – including prohibiting the use of replacement workers, safeguarding the rights of workers who have been involved in a labour dispute (including reinstatement after six months and prohibiting employers from unilaterally deciding to “clean house” after a strike).
  • Mandate paid leave for domestic and sexual violence survivors.
  • Increase the minimum wage to $15.00 immediately.

It’s time to demand the Liberal government act on OUR behalf — not on behalf of the corporations that profit from cheap labour and precarious, unstable working conditions.

To find your MPP, click here. For a list of MPP phone numbers and email addresses scroll down.

Hon Laura Albanese
York South–Weston
Phone: 416-243-7984

Granville Anderson
Phone: 905-697-1501

Teresa J. Armstrong
Phone: 519-668-1104

Ted Arnott
Wellington–Halton Hills
Phone: 519-787-5247

Robert Bailey
Phone: 519-337-0051

Yvan Baker
Etobicoke Centre
Phone: 416-234-2800

Hon Chris Ballard
Phone: 905-750-0019

Toby Barrett
Phone: 519-428-0446

Lorenzo Berardinetti
Scarborough Southwest
Phone: 416-261-9525

Gilles Bisson
Timmins–James Bay
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-461-9878

James J. Bradley
St. Catharines
Phone: 905-935-0018

Patrick Brown
Simcoe North
Phone: 705-326-3246 or 705-526-8671

Sarah Campbell
Kenora–Rainy River
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-465-8501

Hon Michael Chan
Phone: 905-305-1935

Hon Bob Chiarelli
Ottawa West–Nepean
Phone: 613-721-8075

Raymond Sung Joon Cho
Scarborough–Rouge River
Phone: 416-297-5040

Steve Clark
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-267-4408

Lorne Coe
Phone: 905-430-1141

Mike Colle
Phone: 416-781-2395

Hon Michael Coteau
Don Valley East
Phone: 416-494-6856

Grant Crack
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-355-9666

Hon Dipika Damerla
Mississauga East–Cooksville
Phone: 905-238-1751

Bob Delaney
Phone: 905-569-1643

Hon Steven Del Duca
Phone: 905-893-4428

Nathalie Des Rosiers
Phone: 613-744-4484

Vic Dhillon
Brampton West
Phone: 905-796-8669

Joe Dickson
Phone: 905-427-2060

Cheri DiNovo
Parkdale–High Park
Phone: 416-763-5630

Han Dong
Phone: 416-603-9664

Hon Brad Duguid
Scarborough Centre
Phone: 416-615-2183

Victor Fedeli
Phone: 705-474-8340

Catherine Fife
Phone: 519-725-3477

Hon Kevin Daniel Flynn
Phone: 905-827-5141

Cindy Forster
Phone: 905-732-6884

John Fraser
Ottawa South
Phone: 613-736-9573

Jennifer K. French
Phone: 905-723-2411

Wayne Gates
Niagara Falls
Phone: 905-357-0681

France Gélinas
Nickel Belt
Phone: 705-969-3621

Hon Michael Gravelle
Thunder Bay–Superior North
Phone: 807-345-3647

Lisa Gretzky
Windsor West
Phone: 519-977-7191

Ernie Hardeman
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-265-4046

Michael Harris
Phone: 519-954-8679

Percy Hatfield
Phone: 519-251-5199

Randy Hillier
Lanark–Frontenac–Lennox and Addington
Phone: 613-267-8239

Ann Hoggarth
Phone: 705-726-5538

Andrea Horwath
Hamilton Centre
Phone: 905-544-9644

Hon Eric Hoskins
St. Paul’s
Phone: 416-656-0943

Hon Mitzie Hunter
Phone: 416-281-2787

Hon Helena Jaczek
Oak Ridges–Markham
Toll Free Phone: 1-866-531-9551

Sylvia Jones
Phone: 519-941-7751
Phone: 905-951-9382

Sophie Kiwala
Kingston and the Islands
Phone: 613-547-2385

Monte Kwinter
York Centre
Phone: 416-630-0080

Hon Marie-France Lalonde
Phone: 613-834-8679

Hon Jeff Leal
Phone: 705-742-3777

Hon Dave Levac
Phone: 519-759-0361

Hon Tracy MacCharles
Pickering–Scarborough East
Phone: 905-509-0336

Jack MacLaren
Carleton–Mississippi Mills
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-267-1020

Lisa MacLeod
Phone: 613-823-2116

Harinder Malhi
Phone: 905-495-8030

Amrit Mangat
Mississauga–Brampton South
Phone: 905-696-0367

Michael Mantha
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-831-1899

Cristina Martins
Phone: 416-535-3158

Gila Martow
Phone: 905-731-8462

Hon Deborah Matthews
London North Centre
Phone: 519-432-7339

Hon Bill Mauro
Thunder Bay–Atikokan
Phone: 807-623-9237

Jim McDonell
Stormont–Dundas–South Glengarry
Phone: 613-933-6513

Hon Kathryn McGarry
Phone: 519-623-5852

Hon Eleanor McMahon
Phone: 905-639-7924

Ted McMeekin
Toll Free Phone: 1-888-566-6614

Monte McNaughton
Phone: 519-245-8696

Peter Z. Milczyn
Phone: 416-259-2249

Norm Miller
Parry Sound–Muskoka
Toll Free Phone: 1-888-267-4826

Paul Miller
Hamilton East–Stoney Creek
Phone: 905-545-0114

Hon Reza Moridi
Richmond Hill
Phone: 905-884-8080

Julia Munro
Toll Free Phone: 1-866-206-1373

Hon Glen R. Murray
Toronto Centre
Phone: 416-972-7683

Hon Indira Naidoo-Harris
Phone: 905-878-1729

Hon Yasir Naqvi
Ottawa Centre
Phone: 613-722-6414

Taras Natyshak
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-265-3909

Rick Nicholls
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-265-3992

Sam Oosterhoff
Niagara West–Glanbrook
Phone: 905-563-1755

Randy Pettapiece
Phone: 519-272-0660

Arthur Potts
Beaches–East York
Phone: 416-690-1032

Shafiq Qaadri
Etobicoke North
Phone: 416-745-2859

Lou Rinaldi
Northumberland–Quinte West
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-263-3980

Hon Liz Sandals
Phone: 519-836-4190

Peggy Sattler
London West
Phone: 519-657-3120

Laurie Scott
Haliburton–Kawartha Lakes–Brock
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-424-2490

Mario Sergio
York West
Phone: 416-743-7272

Jagmeet Singh
Phone: 905-799-3939

Todd Smith
Prince Edward–Hastings
Toll Free Phone: 1-877-536-6248

Hon Charles Sousa
Mississauga South
Phone: 905-274-8228

Peter Tabuns
Phone: 416-461-0223

Harinder S. Takhar
Phone: 905-897-8815

Monique Taylor
Hamilton Mountain
Phone: 905-388-9734

Hon Glenn Thibeault
Phone: 705-675-1914

Lisa M. Thompson
Toll Free Phone: 1-866-396-3007

John Vanthof
Phone: 705-567-4650

Daiene Vernile
Kitchener Centre
Phone: 519-579-5460

Bill Walker
Bruce–Grey–Owen Sound
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-461-2664

Jim Wilson
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-268-7542

Soo Wong
Phone: 416-297-6568

Hon Kathleen O. Wynne
Don Valley West
Phone: 416-425-6777

John Yakabuski
Phone: 613-735-6627

Jeff Yurek
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-265-7638

Hon David Zimmer
Phone: 416-733-7878