Nil Sendil

  • rsvped for Mississauga Meet and Greet 2019-06-19 18:42:11 -0400

    Mississauga $15 and Fairness Meet and Greet!

    If you're new to the campaign or would like to help us organize for the summer ahead, join us for our first Mississauga meet and greet/ meeting on Wednesday June 26th at 7pm. It's a great chance to get to know other people in your area who are also interested in organizing for decent work. We'll have snacks and some great conversations about how we can do this work together!

    WHEN
    June 26, 2019 at 7pm
    WHERE
    Mississauga Valley Community Centre, Program Room 2
    1275 Mississauga Valley Blvd
    Mississauga, ON L5A 3R8
    Canada
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  • published We ALL deserve decent work! in Media 2019-06-12 12:56:22 -0400

    We ALL deserve decent work!

    We are done with their lies. The Ford government boasts about finding $3.8 billion in savings for corporations, while blaming migrants and refugees for cuts to public services. They are throwing away millions to get out of the Beer Store contract, but claim we don’t have enough money for our schools and hospitals.

    The truth is, there is more than enough for everyone. Will you join us on Sunday, June 16 to denounce the fear-mongering and deception that makes the politics of austerity possible?

    Click here to join us in Guelph
    Click here to join us in London
    Click here to join us in Ottawa
    Click here to join us in Peterborough
    Click here to join us in Toronto

    Here in Ontario and across the country, politicians are fueling racist and anti-immigrant sentiments to divide us, gain power, then implement a pro-corporate agenda that hurts everyone. The damage is real: acts of white-supremacy are on the rise. And while we fight one another for scraps, the super rich simply get richer.

    This is why the Fight for $15 & Fairness has pledged to join the #UniteAgainstRacism mobilizations led by the Migrant Rights Network. On June 16, join the cross-country day of action! Let’s reclaim the collective power we hold when we act together to demand fairness for all.
    We ALL deserve:
    - Decent work.
    - Quality, universal, public services.
    - The right to live where we want, with our families, without fear of deportation.
    - A world free of discrimination and unfairness.
    - A world free of war, corporate impunity, and climate change.

    Say it with us loud and clear: greedy corporations and unaccountable politicians are the problem, not migrants, not refugees, not the people of color. It is time to stop the cuts that push our communities into deeper poverty and the politics of division that undermine our power. Actions are being updated regularly, find the most current info at: www.migrantrights.ca/June16

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    Not able to join us on Sunday, June 16? $15 & Fairness events are happening regularly, visit our website to see upcoming actions you can join.


  • published Leaflet: Climate Justice for $15 & Fairness in Resources 2019-06-10 12:28:23 -0400

  • published Leaflet: Bring back $15! in Resources 2019-06-06 12:12:42 -0400

  • published Leaflet: Bring back paid sick days in Resources 2019-06-06 12:10:59 -0400

  • published Leaflet: Bring back equal pay in Resources 2019-06-06 12:10:13 -0400

  • published Customizable leaflets in Resources 2019-06-06 12:08:46 -0400

    Customizable leaflets

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1yq8W3zKUSZlM4N8zO0rjdYwyRzEoAhIe


  • published Poster: Defend decent work (11x17) in Resources 2019-06-06 11:57:38 -0400

  • The resistance is growing, join us in your community:

    A new poll released yesterday shows 75% of Ontarians think Premier Ford is taking us in the wrong direction. The public outrage against Ford’s cut to public services and the rollbacks of our rights is so high that 4 in 10 Conservative voters say they wouldn’t vote for the party again.[1]

    There is no doubt that the People of Ontario are angry at the Ford government for repeatedly choosing corporate profits over workers, our health and the environment. It’s crucial that we organize this sentiment to create sustained pressure to not only shame the Conservative government, but also to stop the attacks on our communities.

    groups of $15 & fairness supporters photographed in niagara falls, malton, muskoka and ottawa

    This is why from Muskoka to Malton, and from Niagara Falls  to Ottawa, $15 & Fairness supporters have been organizing local events to hold the Ford government to account and defend our rights against bad bosses. In the coming days please make every effort to join us at a local action near you:

    • June 7 & 8 - Power of Many Provincial Days of Action
      June 7 marks one year of resisting government cuts to public services, education, health care and decent work. Labour and community will be hitting the streets throughout Ontario to show that we didn't vote for cuts to public services or attacks on decent work. Join an action in a community near you, click here

    • Climate justice means decent work and migrant rights! Sign the pact for a Green New Deal!
      People across the country are coming together to create a shared vision for an economy that protects the planet -- and its inhabitants. Sign the pact here, to get on board. Round-table discussions are taking place everywhere! Click here to find one near you.

      We know that any bold vision to protect the environment must include: decent work; universal, high quality public services; permanent resident status for all migrants and refugees; indigenous self-determination, gender justice, and an end to racism; and an end to practices and persecution that displace people and force them to migrate.

      Please help us bring this decent work perspective to a Green New Deal town hall near you. We have a specific $15 and Fairness petition tailored to the environmental movement that helps make the link between workers’ & migrant rights and climate justice. You can download the petition here. A complementary leaflet has been produced by the Migrant Rights Network and is available for download here.

    • Support the Niagara workers on strike for $15 & Fairness
      Last year when the minimum wage increased, management started stealing workers’ tips at the Rainforest Cafe. Workers -- mostly women -- decided to form a union to protect themselves and now they’re on strike, and need our help. They are demanding a minimum wage of $15 an hour, respect at work, and an end to sexual violence in the workplace. Across Ontario let’s join forces to help these workers win $15 & Fairness -- please take a moment now to email the employer, click here.

    Scroll below to find an action near you!

    May 23
    SCARBOROUGH, Door knocking outreach in Scarborough
    Thursday, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM - Morningside Ave & Lawrence Ave E
    Click here to RSVP and to share on Facebook

    May 25
    MISSISSAUGA, Mississauga wants $15 and Fairness outreach
    Saturday, 11: 00 AM - 12:00 PM - 100 Dundas St East
    Click here to RSVP and to share on Facebook

    May 27
    OTTAWA, Ottawa organizing meeting
    Monday, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM - 25OneCommunity
    Click here to RSVP and to share on Facebook

    May 28
    BRACEBRIDGE, Parry Sound-Muskoka decent work coffee meet up
    Tuesday, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Oliver's Coffee Corporation
    Click here to RSVP and to share on Facebook

    NIPISSING,  Nipissing Decent Work Panel
    Tuesday, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM - White Water Gallery
    Click here to RSVP and to share on Facebook

    May 29
    LONDON, Train the trainer workshop: Building capacity to fight racism & xenophobia
    Wednesday, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM - Tolpuddle Cooperative, Common Room
    Click here to RSVP

    June 1
    TORONTO, Injured Workers' Rally
    Saturday, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM - Queens Park
    Under Ford’s watch, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board gave a multi-billion dollar gift to employers by cutting their premiums by 30%, while injured workers are denied access to the services they need. On June 1st, join the rally at Queens Park to ensure every Ontario worker gets protected if they get injured on the job.
    Click here to RSVP and to share on Facebook

    ETOBICOKE, Fighting for $15 and Fairness in Mimico
    Saturday, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Birds and Bee's Cafe
    Click here to RSVP and to share on Facebook

    June 2
    BRAMPTON, Brampton organizing meeting
    Sunday, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Knightsbridge Senior Citizens Centre
    Click here to RSVP and to share on Facebook

    June 4
    TORONTO, Toronto organizing meeting
    Tuesday, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM - 720 Spadina Ave Unit 223
    Click here to RSVP and to share on Facebook

    June 8
    TORONTO, West Toronto canvass at Dufferin Station
    Saturday, 12:00 NOON - 1:30 PM - Northwest corner of Dufferin and Bloor
    Click here to RSVP and to share on Facebook

    June 11
    SCARBOROUGH, Centennial College -- Fairness for contract faculty info session
    Tuesday, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - School of Business Boardroom, Progress Campus
    Click here to RSVP

    June 16
    TORONTO, Migrant Rights Network Day of Action to #UniteAgainstRacism
    Sunday, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Grange Park
    Click here to RSVP and to share on Facebook

    [1] Read the Toronto Star story here.



  • published Speak out for access to justice in Media 2019-05-07 18:57:31 -0400

    Speak out for access to justice

    When employers face no consequences for breaking the law, they simply keep violating workers’ rights. This is why the enforcement of our rights is so critical, and we need YOU to take urgent action to ensure access to justice for all: click here to email Premier Ford to call for legal aid cuts to be reversed.

    After taking away our rights at work, Premier Ford is now trying to limit our ability to take legal action against bad bosses. His government’s recently announced 30% cut to legal aid and cancellation of funding for immigration and refugee law services is an assault on the poorest members of our communities. Here’s what these cuts could mean for workers in Ontario:

    • Low-wage workers who experience thousands of dollars in wage theft won’t be able to get support from local community legal clinics to file claims with the Ministry of Labour;
    • A migrant care worker who bravely left her abusive employer won’t be able to access legal aid to secure her immigration status long enough to press charges against her employer;
    • A refugee who faces death or torture if deported would not be able to access legal aid to appeal their case, or get information in their first language about their legal rights.

    Decisions on how legal aid cuts are going to be implemented will be made this week. Help us send a strong message right now to defend the community legal clinics we rely on.

    Click here to send a letter to stop these cuts from coming into effect.

    The reality is workers, tenants, immigrants, refugees, and people with low-incomes turn to legal clinics when their rights are violated. But Ford’s cuts will put these very legal clinics at risk and the people who are already marginalized will be hit the hardest.

    Please send your message now to stop legal aid cuts and ensure no legal clinic in Ontario has to close its doors. With the click of a button, you can send our pre-drafted email to Premier Doug Ford, Attorney General Caroline Mulroney, and have all the Legal Aid Ontario Board of Directors copied.

    Friend, thank you for speaking out! After sending your email, please help us spread the word by sharing this email with your friends.


  • published Stop the cuts in Actions 2019-05-07 17:27:32 -0400

  • published Together, we resist. Together, we win. in Media 2019-05-01 11:59:00 -0400

    Together, we resist. Together, we win.

    Between the Ford government’s relentless attacks on public services, global rise in hate crimes and environmental catastrophes, it can become easy to forget the strength of our collective power. But, that would be a mistake.

    From the right to vote, to access to universal health care to a $14 minimum wage, the hard-fought gains we benefit from today are all thanks to people who organized against the odds. In fact, many exciting organizing initiatives are happening right now that we want you to know about:

    • Bike and food couriers organize for $15 & Fairness
      Learn more, visit: www.foodstersunited.ca -- This morning couriers working for Foodora, the international app-giant for food delivery, announced they will fight to unionize and win $15 & Fairness. Because Foodora misclassifies them as “independent contractors”, these workers currently don’t have access to even the most basic labour protections such as sick days or employment insurance. If these workers are successful, it will be a breakthrough in organizing for workers in the “gig economy” and a huge step forward in the fight for decent work. Let’s do everything we can to make sure they win. Email Foodora right now at support@foodora.ca to speak out for these workers (and don't forget to cc campaign organizers at info@foodstersunited.ca). 

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     Spread the word on Facebook (click here) to show couriers some love!
    Follow the Justice for Couriers Campaign: on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

    • #UniteAgainstRacism so no worker is left behind
      Learn more, visit: https://migrantrights.ca/may1 -- Governments are the ones who are responsible for cutting public services and legislating poverty-level wages to please corporate lobbyists, NOT migrants or refugees. Join us in rejecting the divide between migrant, immigrant, undocumented people and citizens, and assert that we are all workers. Together, we must insist that no worker be left behind. Today, find a local event for International Workers Day, and show up with this placard. Then take a photo of yourself with it & share on social media with #UniteAgainstRacism.

    • Legal Aid Ontario lawyers organize to stop the cuts
      Visit
      www.stoplegalaidcuts.ca/ to email your MPP now -- The Ford government’s $30 million cut to legal aid is an assault on the poorest members of our communities. The hardest hit will be Ontario’s most vulnerable people, including women fleeing domestic violence, refugees fleeing life-threatening persecution, and innocent people facing prison because they can’t afford a lawyer. Access to justice should be a right for ALL!

    Today, on International Workers’ Day, we want you, to double-down on your commitment to help build workers’ collective power. Scroll below to find an action near you!

    May 1
    TORONTO, We Love Workers at UofT! #MayDay
    Wednesday, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM - Sidney Smith Hall, University of Toronto
    Click here to RSVP and to share on Facebook

    MISSISSAUGA, TAWC - 2019 YYZ May Day Street Festival
    Wednesday, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM - Pearson Airport, Terminal 1 Departures 
    Click here to RSVP and to share on Facebook

    HAMILTON, International Workers' Day March
    Wednesday, 3:30 PM - 9:00 PM - Gore Park
    Click here to share on Facebook

    BRACEBRIDGE, No Workers Left Behind Rally
    Wednesday, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM - MPP Norm Millers Bracebridge Office (165 Manitoba St)
    Click here to RSVP and to share on Facebook

    TORONTO, Toronto May 1 International Workers' Day Rally
    Wednesday, 5:00 PM - Nathan Philips Square
    Click here to share on Facebook

    NORTH BAY, $15 And Fairness Strategy Meeting
    Wednesday, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM - UNIFOR 103 Office (107 Sherriff Ave, Suite 102B)
    Click here to RSVP and to share on Facebook

    OTTAWA, Workers Cabaret: Resistance Is Beautiful
    Wednesday, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM - Arts Court
    Click here to RSVP and to share on Facebook

    May 2
    SCARBOROUGH, Scarborough Decent Work Outreach
    Thursday, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM - McDonalds by Kingston Rd and Lawrence Ave
    Click here to RSVP and to share on Facebook

    May 4
    ETOBICOKE, Etobicoke-Lakeshore $15 and Fairness Outreach
    Saturday, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM - The Sydney Grind (2883 Lakeshore Blvd W)
    Click here to RSVP and to share on Facebook

    May 5
    MISSISSAUGA, Malton Nagar Kirtan Parade Outreach
    Sunday, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Sri Guru Singh Sabha (7280 Airport Rd)
    Click here to RSVP and to share on Facebook

    May 7
    TORONTO, Toronto-Wide Organizing Meeting
    Tuesday, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM - 720 Spadina Ave Unit223
    Click here to RSVP and to share on Facebook

    May 8
    TORONTO, Tea and Data-Entry Party
    Wednesday, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM - 720 Spadina Ave Unit 223
    Click here to RSVP and to share on Facebook

    May 11
    TORONTO, West Toronto outreach at Spring Into Parkdale
    Saturday, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM - Roncesvalles Ave and Queen St W
    Click here to RSVP and to share on Facebook

    May 13
    KINGSTON, Kingston Organizing Meeting
    Monday, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM - Coffee Way Donuts
    Click here to RSVP and to share on Facebook


  • Cuts to services for us, billions in profits for corporations

    Premier Doug Ford made his priorities crystal clear last week by releasing his very first provincial budget. Suffice to say, working people or our families are NOT of concern to the Premier.

    SPEAK UP NOW!
    Click here to find an action near you.

    From education to environment, health care to social services, cuts to public services are coming. We know cuts will be devastating both for the quality of the services our communities rely on, and the working conditions of the people who deliver them. The budget hits people on social assistance, Indigenous peoples, migrants and refugees the hardest, with these specific cuts alone adding up to billions.

    Forcing our communities into deeper poverty to boost corporate profits is inexcusable. Ford's budget prioritizes $3.8 billion in savings for corporations. Meanwhile, $11 million in funding is cut from the Ministry of Labour further weakening the enforcement of our rights on the job. It was bad enough that the Ministry was ordered to stop using proactive inspections back in September, but now they will start relying on employer self-regulation. Bad bosses will no doubt see this as an open invitation to continue violating workers' rights. 

    Over and over again, Doug Ford is proving that he is for corporations, not the people. Earlier in April his government's own Financial Accountability Office confirmed what we had said all along. Had the $15 minimum wage kicked in on January 1st 2019 as scheduled, 1.3 million Ontarians each would have received a $810 boost (after-tax). But, under Ford’s so called low-income tax credit, 62% of minimum wage earners get nothing while those who are eligible get only about a $400 tax-credit

    With wages frozen, rights under attack and services being cut, people are outraged in all corners of the province. Now is the time to take action!

    • Ontario Federation of Labour is organizing a provincial Day of Action tomorrow (Wednesday, April 17) to protest Doug Ford's budget: click here to find events in Toronto, click here to find events across Ontario.
    • Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition (ISARC) has committed to holding local town halls to amplify the voices of Ontarians who are living on the margins, the first is scheduled to take place in Kingston on April 23rd (see details below, or click here to learn more about this initiative).

    Please take a look at upcoming events and join one near you. We cannot ever forget that WE are the majority, and united we will win decent work for ALL.

    Wednesday, April 17th
    ONTARIO-WIDE: Power of Many Day of Action
    Wednesday, All day | Across Ontario
    Ford's 2019 budget means more cuts to programs and public services that working people depend on. Join the Ontario Federation of Labour to help spread the word about what is at stake in this budget and how we can all take action. Actions are happening in Toronto, Peel, Guelph, London, Waterloo, North Bay, Ottawa, Kingston, Durham, Chatham, Stratford, Sault Ste. Marie, Cornwall, and Thunder Bay. Click here to find events in Toronto, click here to find events across Ontario.

    BRAMPTON, Brampton Outreach
    Wednesday, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM | Brampton Downtown Terminal
    Click here to RSVP or share on Facebook

    BRACEBRIDGE, Decent Work Coffee Meet up
    Wednesday, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM | Oliver's Coffee Corporation
    Click here to RSVP or share on Facebook

    Monday, April 22nd
    KINGSTON, Decent Work Discussions: How Tenants Fight Back!
    Monday, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM | The Grad Club
    Click here to RSVP or share on Facebook

    Tuesday, April 23rd
    KINGSTON, Voices from the Margins Town Hall
    Tuesday, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM |St. Vincent de Paul, 85 Stephen St
    Many people in Ontario are hurt by the rollback of our scheduled $15 minimum wage, cuts to services, and inadequate social assistance programs. Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition is organizing a series of town halls to collect and amplify these stories. If you are interested in sharing your experiences, please consider attending the event. Email coordinator@isarc.ca to RSVP.

    TORONTO, Toronto-wide Organizing Meeting
    Tuesday, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM | 720 Spadina Ave Unit 223
    Click here to RSVP or share on Facebook

    Thursday, April 25th
    SCARBOROUGH, Know Your Rights: Employment Standards Workshop
    Thursday, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM | ACCES Employment
    Click here to RSVP

    Saturday, April 27th
    TORONTO, West Toronto Canvass at Dufferin Station
    Saturday, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM | Dufferin TTC Station
    Click here to RSVP or share on Facebook

    Sunday, April 28th
    BRAMPTON, Brampton Organizing Meeting
    Sunday, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM | Knightsbridge Senior Citizens Centre
    Click here to RSVP or share on Facebook

    SAULT STE MARIE, Decent Work Coffee Meetup
    Sunday, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM | Shabby Motley Handcraft
    To RSVP and share on Facebook

    Tuesday, April 30th
    TORONTO, Rally to Protect Public Healthcare
    Tuesday, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM | Queens Park
    To RSVP and share on Facebook

    Wednesday, May 1st
    ONTARIO-WIDE, #UniteAgainsRacism - No Worker Left Behind!
    Politicians want us to blame migrants and refugees instead of realizing that it’s the super rich who are responsible for low wages and underfunded services. We will not be fooled! On May 1st, find a local event for International Workers Day, and show up with this placard. Then take a photo of yourself with it and share it on social media with #UniteAgainstRacism. Learn more, visit: https://migrantrights.ca/may1

    MISSISSAUGA, Toronto Airport May Day Street Festival

    Wednesday, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM | Toronto Pearson International Airport
    Click here to RSVP or share on Facebook

    OTTAWA, Workers Cabaret: Resistance Is Beautiful
    Wednesday, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM | Arts Court
    Click here to RSVP or to share on Facebook

    Sunday, May 5th
    MISSISSAUGA, Malton Nagar Kirtan Parade Outreach

    Sunday, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM | Sri Guru Singh Sabha
    Click here to RSVP

    Saturday, May 11th
    TORONTO,  West Toronto Outreach at Spring into Parkdale
    Saturday, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM | Roncesvalles and Queen Intersection
    Click here to RSVP or share on Facebook



  • Media Release: With Bill 66, Premier Ford chooses corporate profits over people - again, say leaders in the Fight for $15 & Fairness movement

    Toronto, April 2, 2019 -- “The passage of Bill 66 today means only one thing: Premier Ford has forgotten that he was elected to serve the people of Ontario, not CEOs,” says Pam Frache, Coordinator of the Ontario-wide Fight for $15 & Fairness Campaign.  “This legislation has clearly been designed to allow corporations to save money at the expense of workers, our health, and the environment. It should never have been introduced in the first place.”

     “In communities like mine, many people already struggle because of poverty wages, unstable hours, and contract jobs with no benefits. Yet the Ford government is giving employers unrestrained powers to force us work more hours while paying less in overtime,” says Navi Aujla, Organizer with the Brampton chapter of Fight for $15 & Fairness. “Without Ministry of Labour oversight, this just opens the door for more employer abuse.”

    Bill 66, which passed third reading today, will:
    - Cancel protections against excessive hours of work & unpaid overtime, 
    - Make it harder for workers to learn about their rights on the job, 
    - End collective bargaining agreements for many construction workers in the public sector, 
    - Put children's lives at risk and jeopardize early childhood educator jobs, 
    - Lead to more pollution in Ontario by cancelling protections against toxic chemicals in our workplaces, and much more.

    “Ontarians are outraged at Premier Ford, who once again chose corporations over people,” says Pam Frache. “In November 2019, the Ford government cancelled the $15 minimum wage, just 6 weeks before it was scheduled to come into effect, delaying it at least until 2025 despite massive public opposition. On top of this, Ford’s so-called tax break for low-income workers leaves them $400 worse off than if the minimum wage had increased to $15 this past January,” adds Frache, referencing the findings published today by the Financial Accountability Office.

    “First his government scrapped the much needed labour law reforms to satisfy demands coming from Big Business. Then they paused the Pay Transparency Act because corporations think paying women fairly costs too much, even if it means families have to make do with less income thanks to pay discrimination. Now, Ford has rammed through Bill 66,” says Frache.

    “If an employer can make a single worker put in a 70-hour week under Bill 66 and do the job of two people at no extra cost, why would any employer ever hire more staff?” asks Navi Aujla. “The answer is they wouldn’t. And that is on Premier Ford.”

    The Fight for $15 and Fairness is a growing movement of workers committed to fighting for decent work, and includes anti-poverty activists, health providers, labour groups, students, faculty, and faith leaders. 
    To learn more, visit: www.15andFairness.org.

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    For more information and to arrange interviews: 
    Nil Sendil, Communications Coordinator, Fight for $15 and Fairness
    info@15andfairness.org l 647-710-5795


  • published Ford chooses corporations over people, AGAIN! in Media 2019-03-29 11:56:03 -0400

    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!

    click to download the petition
    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



  • published Equity now: Take action today in Media 2019-03-15 12:38:06 -0400

    Equity now: Take action today

    While marking today’s International Women’s Day, we are thankful for your ongoing support to close the equity gap in workplaces.

    As recent data show, on average, women in Ontario earn 70 cents for every dollar a man makes. Newcomer women earn 66 cents, and women of color earn 62 cents. Meanwhile Indigenous women earn a mere 57 cents, for every dollar earned by their white, male counterparts. This is simply unacceptable.

    Take action!
    Scroll below to see upcoming local events

    Shamefully, instead of trying to close this outrageous gap, the Ford government has turned to its corporate friends to come up with excuses to scrap the very legislation (named the Pay Transparency Act) that was brought in last year to address this kind of gross inequality in the workplace. Click here to read the Huffington Post story to learn more.

    The truth is, Labour Minister Laurie Scott’s “public consultation”, favours Big Business voices, while closing the door on input from workers and women. As the Toronto Star editorial notes, this review is not asking women: “How does earning 30 per cent less than a man impact your ability to pay bills, educate your children, pay for housing and retire?” Yet the government is eager to find out how to save a few more dollars for corporations, at our expense.

    Women and racialized workers are over represented in minimum wage work. Years of academic research show that a $15 minimum wage would lift workers out of poverty, and strengthen the economy. But because of Premier Ford, we won’t see a $15 minimum wage until at least 2025. And although the evidence shows that the right to equal pay for equal work could curb the rise in precarious employment, the Conservative government also cancelled this. Now they are going after the Pay Transparency Act.

    It goes without saying that women and men both stand to gain when women are paid fairly. Equal pay would increase resources available for households, for parenting, for elder care, and would boost local businesses as women experience greater disposable income.

    This is just one more reason why we keep fighting for $15 and Fairness. Today, on the International Women’s Day, join us in redoubling our efforts to make workplaces fairer for ALL workers.  Please make every effort to come out to an event near you (scroll below), and if you can please donate to sustain the fight for equity (click here) – every bit helps, no amount is too large or too small.

    Saturday, March 9th
    TORONTO, Marching at IWD: In solidarity with Migrant Care Workers
    Saturday, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM | OISE, University of Toronto
    In Toronto, this year we are marching in solidarity with migrant care workers who recently won an incredible victory, which will give workers more flexibility to change employers when facing violations of rights. Come out and march with us. If you cannot attend in person, lend your support by signing this important petition.
    Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

    Sunday, March 10th 
    BRAMPTON, Brampton Organizing Meeting
    Sunday, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM | Knightsbridge Seniors Club
    Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

    Monday, March 11th
    KINGSTON, Kingston Strategy Meeting
    Monday, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM | Rober Sutherland Hall, Queens University 
    Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

    Tuesday, March 12th
    TORONTO, Toronto Wide Organizing Meeting
    Tuesday, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM | 720 Spadina Ave
    Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

    OTTAWA, Ottawa Organizing Meeting
    Tuesday, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM | 251 Bank Street, 2nd floor
    Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

    Wednesday, March 13th
    TORONTO, Willowdale wants $15 and Fairness
    Wednesday, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM | Sheppard-Yonge TTC station.
    Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

    BRAMPTON, Brampton Workers Say NO to Bill 66!
    Wednesday, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM | Main Street/ Bovaird Drive
    Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook


    Thursday, March 14th
    TORONTO, Bill 66 is bad for health. Tell Ford to share the wealth!

    Thursday, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM | Queens Park Station
    Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

    Friday, March 15th
    SCARBOROUGH, Scarborough-Centre: Bill 66 is Bad for Workers!
    Friday, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM | Warden Ave & Lawrence Ave E 
    Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

    SCARBOROUGH, Scarbrough-Rouge Park: Bill 66 is Bad for Workers!
    Friday, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM | Morningside Ave & Sheppard Ave E
    Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

    TORONTO, Rally for Our Future! Climate Strike for Good Jobs
    Friday, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM | York University Student Centre
    Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

    BARRIE, Community Outreach and Education
    Friday, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM | Meridian Place Barrie
    Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

    Sunday, March 17th
    NIAGARA, Niagara #UniteAgainstRacism
    Sunday, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM |1665 Four Mile Creek Rd
    Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

    Tuesday, March 19th
    OSHAWA, Durham Power of Many: Regional Activation Meeting
    Tuesday, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM | IBEW Hall
    Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

    Wednesday, March 20th
    KITCHENER, Waterloo Region Power of Many: Regional Activation Meeting
    Wednesday, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM | ETFO Waterloo 
    Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

    Thursday, March 21st
    TORONTO, Toronto: #UniteAgainstRacism

    Thursday, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM | Nathan Philips Square
    Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

    Monday, March 25th
    TORONTO, Power of Many: Take Back Ontario Conference
    Monday, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM | Metro Toronto Convention
    Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

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

    Sunday, April 28th 
    BRAMPTON, Brampton Organizing Meeting

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


  • published We refuse to be divided: in Media 2019-03-15 12:21:54 -0400

    We refuse to be divided

    We woke up to immense grief today.

    49 Muslims were murdered in a mosque in New Zealand during prayer, and the death toll is rising. Before his murderous rampage, the shooter published an anti-immigrant manifesto. He praised US president Donald Trump as 'a symbol of renewed white identity' and wrote the name of the Quebec City mosque gunman on an assault-rifle, posting the image on social media. 

    We know that Canada is not immune.

    Police reported hate crimes went up 47% in 2017 [1]. At least 300 known white supremacist organizations are currently active across the country [2]. Over 70% of the migrants in Canada are denied full access to basic labour or social rights because of unfair temporary permits [3]. Women of colour continue to earn far less than white men [4]. Black and Indigenous communities are unfairly targeted by police and imprisonment [5,6]. Meanwhile, anti-immigrant populist messaging by federal political parties increased dramatically during the recent by-elections [7,8].

    But, we refuse to be divided.

    That’s why, from Halifax to Vancouver, communities across Canada are coming together to #UniteAgainstRacism. Actions are taking place between March 17th and 24th. 

    Will you join us in taking action at this critical time? Go to http://migrantrights.ca/en/march21/ to find the event closest to you (or scroll below to see Ontario actions)

    The reality is, many in our communities are struggling. Too many of us are facing job losses, low wages, and cuts to services. 

    Meanwhile the Ford government is forcing an austerity agenda upon us, as corporate profits go untaxed, and bad bosses get rewarded with lax labour laws and reduced fines when they break the law.

    Let there be no doubt, in our communities, we are united in our desire for decent work. We are united in our concern for our children's future, the rising cost of living, and retirement.

    But those at the top want to divide us. They want us fighting for scraps, and blaming migrants, people of colour, and others so we are too distracted to demand the fundamental changes our communities need. 

    Spread the wordSpread the word: Share on Facebook -- Share on Twitter

    Those of us fighting for $15 and fairness believe that uniting against racism right now is the only way forward. This is why we will be mobilizing together with the Migrant Rights Network to counter racist and anti-immigrant rhetoric. Join us! Find an action near you at http://migrantrights.ca/en/march21/. You can participate even if you can’t attend. On March 21, 2019 post a selfie on social media with #UniteAgainstRacism, and tell your friends why you will be opposing all forms of xenophobia this year.

    *** More actions are being announced, please click here for the latest listing of #UniteAgainstRacism events ***

    Sunday, March 17

    HAMILTON
    11am, United Steelworker Centre
    RSVP | Facebook

    NIAGARA
    2pm, 1665 Four Mile Creek Rd
    RSVP | Facebook

    Wednesday, March 20

    PETERBOROUGH
    6pm, Confederation Park
    RSVP | Facebook

    Thursday, March 21

    TORONTO
    5:30pm, Nathan Phillips Square
    RSVP | Facebook

    Sunday, March 24

    OTTAWA
    2pm, 166 Frank Street
    RSVP

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    Source [1] Globe and Mail
    Source [2] Toronto Star
    Source [3] Government of Canada, Immigration Data
    Source [4] Maclean's 
    Source [5] Globe and Mail
    Source [6] The Conversation
    Source [7] Burnaby Now
    Source [8] Toronto Star