March 29, 2019

Ford chooses corporations over people, AGAIN!

Premier Doug Ford has zero mandate to make the people of Ontario work more while getting paid less. But that is exactly what his government will do to save costs for corporate executives at the expense of workers, our health and the environment.

All signs indicate that the Ford government will use its majority inside Queen's Park to pass the dangerous Bill 66 next week. This legislation will:

   - Remove protections against excessive hours of work & unpaid overtime [1]
   - Make it harder for workers to learn about their rights on the job [2]
   - End collective bargaining agreements for many construction workers in the public sector [3]
   - Put children's lives at risk and jeopardize early childhood educator jobs [4]
   - Lead to more pollution in Ontario by cancelling protections against toxic chemicals in our workplaces [5] and much more.

The reality is NO ONE signed up for such drastic changes that put communities at risk. This is why the only place Ford government enjoys a majority is inside the legislature. On the streets, in our workplaces and campuses, we have the power of many.

New community organizing tool: Download the petition

Over two-thirds of Ontarians support a $15 minimum wage now. Nearly 80% support paid sick days, including 64% of Conservative voters. Clearly, the vast majority of people in Ontario support our agenda for decent work and wages. We need your help to organize this sentiment!

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Click here to download our new petition.

You can use the new $15 & Fairness petition to invite friends, neighbours and co-workers to join this growing decent work movement. Once completed with signatures and contact info, take a photo of the petition and send it to us at info@15andFairness.org. Alternatively, you can also ask your friends to sign the online petition (click hereby forwarding this email to them.

Join an event, get involved in your community:

From Ottawa to Brampton, Hamilton to Sault Ste Marie, local events are bringing $15 & Fairness supporters together to defend our rights against bad bosses, and hold this government to account. Check out the event listing below, and join us to learn more about how you can get involved. For the latest listing of events, visit: www.15andfairness.org/events

March 30
GUELPH, Activists' Workshop to learn skills for community organizing

Saturday, 10:00 AM to 2:45 PM - St. Andrews Church, 161 Norfolk St
Click here to sign up & share on Facebook

April 1
OTTAWA, Ottawa Organizing Meeting
Monday, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM - 251 Bank St, 2nd Floor
Click here to RSVP and to share on Facebook

HAMILTON, Door Knocking in Hamilton
Monday, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM - 60 Ventura Drive
Click here to RSVP and to share on Facebook

April 2
KINGSTON, Kingston Power of Many: Regional Activation Meeting
Tuesday, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM - OPSEU Hall, 824 John Counter Blvd
Click here to RSVP and to share on Facebook

OTTAWA, Ottawa Power of Many: Regional Activation Meeting
Tuesday, 6:00PM - 8:30 PM - Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave W
Click here to RSVP and to share on Facebook

April 3
SAULT STE. MARIE, Sault Ste. Marie Power of Many: Regional Activation Meeting
Wednesday, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM - OPSEU Regional Office, 154 Great Northern Rd
Click here to RSVP and to share on Facebook

April 6
TORONTO, $15 and Fairness joins the Rally for Education
Saturday, 11:30 AM - 2:0 PM - Northwest corner of University and College
Click here to RSVP and to share on Facebook

April 9
TORONTO, Toronto Wide Organizing Meeting
Tuesday, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM - 720 Spadina Ave Unit 223
Click here to RSVP and to share on Facebook

April 13
ETOBICOKE, Etobicoke-Lakeshore $15 and Fairness Outreach
Saturday, 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM - The Sydney Grind, 2883 Lakeshore Blvd W
Click here to RSVP and to share on Facebook

TORONTO, A Green New Deal for All
Saturday, 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM - Steelworkers Toronto Area Council, 25 Cecil St
Click here to RSVP and to share on Facebook

April 17
BRAMPTON, Brampton Outreach
Wednesday, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM - Brampton Downtown Terminal, 8 Nelson St W
Click here to RSVP and to share on Facebook

April 23
TORONTO, Toronto Wide Organizing Meeting
Tuesday, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM - 720 Spadina Ave Unit 223
Click here to RSVP and to share on Facebook


April 28
BRAMPTON, Brampton Organizing Meeting

Sunday, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Knightsbridge Senior Citizens Centre, 1A Knightsbridge Rd
Click here to RSVP and to share on Facebook

May 1
TORONTO, Toronto Airport May Day Street Festival
Wednesday, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Terminal 1, Pearson Airport
Click here to RSVP and to share on Facebook


Sources on Bill 66:

[1] Toronto Star op-ed by labour lawyer Josh Mandryk
[2] CityNews clip 
[3] Carpenters' District Council of Ontario statement on Bill 66
[4] Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care deputation on Bill 66
[5] Huffington Post article