June 16, 2015

Public consultations start today: ideas for action, updates & upcoming events

Public consultations begin today: Email & tweet the Minister of Labour!

The government is reviewing Ontario’s labour laws for the first time in a generation. The Changing Workplaces Review (CWR) is holding public consultations starting today in Toronto, and in 8 other cities across the province through June, July and September. Now is the time for the government to hear from workers about what needs to change to bring fairness to our workplaces.

What can you do?

Email and tweet Minister Flynn: @OntMinLabour @MPPKevinFlynn. Tell him it’s #time4decentwork and #15andfairness in Ontario! Ask your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbours to do the same.

Book a meeting with your local MPP to share your experiences and your concerns, ask them to support the campaign, or ask that they organize a community forum on decent work.

Start your own conversation in your community about what decent jobs would look like, or join an event organized by the Fight for $15 & Fairness near you.

Download our petition, telling the government exactly how the law needs to change, and get people in your neighbourhood to add their names.

Submit your story to the consultations. You can find information on how to do this on our website. Upcoming consultations will be taking place in Ottawa (June 18), Mississauga (June 24), and Guelph (June 25).

Upcoming events

Events are taking place across the province in June:

Thursday June 18, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Street Party! For decent wages & working conditions
Access Point on Danforth, 3079 Danforth Ave. (at Victoria Park Ave.)
Hosted by the Workers’ Action Centre and Access Alliance, with the support of Taylor Massey Action for Neighbourhood Change

Tuesday June 23, 6:30pm
Time for Change Tour – Preparing for the Federal Election
The Chestnut Residence & Conference Centre
89 Chestnut St.

Tuesday June 16, 5:30pm-8pm
Good Jobs Summit
24 Whitlaw St.
Hosted by Peterborough County and City Health Unit and United Way Peterborough & District, sponsored by Peterborough and District Labour Council

Saturday June 20, 12pm
Invisible No More: Living Wage and Benefits Now
Ottawa City Hall, Chaplain Room, 110 Laurier Ave. West

Thursday June 25
Members of the Lindsay & District Labour Council will be meeting with Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock MPP Laurie Scott (PC).

“Ontario’s ‘eye-popping’ shift to low-wage work”: New report shows need for labour law reform

Today’s Toronto Star article, “Ontario’s ‘eye-popping’ shift to low-wage work”, shares findings from a new report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Ontario, which shows that precarious and low-wage jobs are on the rise. The report, titled A Higher Standard: The case for holding low-wage employers in Ontario to a higher standard, tracks the growing reliance on low-wage and precarious work, and stresses the need for the government to raise the minimum wage, to require employers to schedule more predictable work hours, to set a higher standard for paid leave, and to make it easier for low-wage workers to unionize.Check your inbox, our website and our facebook page regularly for updates on how you can get involved in the Fight for $15 & Fairness.

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