May 22, 2020

Pressure is working, let's keep it up

Huge thanks to everyone who helped make yesterday's Day of Action for Paid Sick Days, which we cohosted with the Ontario Federation of Labour and CUPE Ontario, a success! From Sudbury to Niagara in Ontario, and from British Columbia to Nova Scotia, we said it loud and clear: #PaidSickLeaveSavesLives.

Let's build on this momentum!
Sign up to join our online organizing meeting on Tuesday, May 26 at 7 PM

From sunup to sundown, photos and videos of creative actions to push for this crucial protection came pouring in. Here are just some of the highlights:

  • Wide-spread support for paid sick days:
    From teachers to nurses, small business owners to students, we raised our voices yesterday. Friends, families and neighbours hit the sidewalks with chalk, chanted our demands and postered their local grocery stores. Some of us took our demands directly to local Members of Provincial Parliament and Retail Action Network in BC even got dressed up in superhero costumes! See photos of these creative actions, here.

  • Day of Action makes headlines:
    Listen to this stellar radio interview where Lisa Descary explains why she is participating in the Day of Action.

  • Climate Justice Peel#PaidSickLeaveSavesLives trends:
    Thanks to so many people taking to social media to show their support for 7 paid sick days for ALL (on a permanent basis) plus additional 14 days during outbreaks, we trended! Check out some of the great photos that were shared (click here), including this selfie compilation by Climate Justice Peel. 

  • Elected officials join the action:
    Local representatives across party lines echoed our demand for legislated paid sick days. St Catharines City Councillor Karrie Porter, NDP MPPs Jill AndrewsJessica BellBhutila Karpoche and Marit Stiles as well as Green Party of Ontario spoke out.

Throughout Canada, a conversation about the urgent need for paid sick days is brewing. It is really up to all of us, to make sure this sentiment gets turned into real action so every worker has the financial ability to stay home when sick. Join this Tuesday's online organizing meeting (7:00 PM on May 26) to discuss different strategies we could use to increase the pressure to win paid sick days for ALL (sign up here)! We'd love to hear from you about how the Day of Action went for you, and what other tactics you'd like to try in the future. You can join the online meeting by phone or the video app Zoom (log-in details will be emailed to you once you register, click here).

If you have any questions about the right to refuse unsafe work or accessing income supports during the pandemic, tune into our online workshop on Thursday, May 28 (register here) taking place also at 7:00 PM. We continue to host these free webinars together with the Workers' Action Centre, to help more people learn their rights.

Thank you for your ongoing support! Before Ford government took them away, we had made Ontario the first province in Canada to legislate paid sick days for ALL workers. By organizing collectively, we can win this crucial protection back. Let's keep up the pressure!

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