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  • Public pressure works, let's build on this momentum:

    Following wide-spread reaction from environmental and community groups across Ontario, the provincial government announced last month that it would no longer proceed with Section 10 of Bill 66, which would have opened the door to the destruction of the Greenbelt.

    Through protests, op-eds in local newspapers, calls and visits to Members of Provincial Parliament, the People of Ontario showed the Ford government that attacks on environmental protection will not be tolerated. We need your help to build on this momentum to get Bill 66 withdrawn in its entirety. Click here to take a quick action on Bill 66.

    Workers' rights are under attack

    Unfortunately Bill 66 still contains components that would harm our communities. For example, Bill 66 proposes to repeal the Toxics Reduction Act 2009 (TRA), a law that requires certain industrial facilities to consider ways to reduce the use and emissions of toxic chemicals in their operations. Repealing this act will impact workers' ability to learn about hazardous chemicals in the workplace and -- by extension -- in our communities. 

    Bill 66 would also make it harder for workers to refuse excessive hours of work or receive overtime pay. Moreover, if adopted, this dangerous law would reduce workers’ access to stable pension plans; reduce child care spaces, weaken the rules that ensure child care workers are present in adequate numbers to care for our children and be properly trained; make it harder for trades and labourers in the public sector to get the protection of a union agreement; and more. 

    At the same time, the government is also weakening the enforcement of existing law. After reducing fines for law breaking employers with Bill 47 last fall, Ford government has now stopped conducting proactive inspections through the Ministry of Labour. Without enforcement, our rights are merely words on paper. Click here to email Premier Ford right now.

    Keep fighting for $15 & Fairness

    Despite these attacks on our rights, the most recent Ontario job numbers prove what we have been saying all along. Decent work is not only good for our communities but also makes for a stronger economy. After all, when workers have money in their pockets, they spend it.

    Contrary to the doomsday predictions of corporate lobbyists, Ontario's economy added nearly 80,000 jobs last year, mostly due to an increase in full-time work! (Click here to read the RankandFile.ca article that breaks down these numbers) These improvements occurred after the minimum wage increased from $11.60 to $14, and measures like paid sick days and equal pay for equal work came into effect. 

    Clearly, the economic evidence and public opinion support better wages and working conditions. Now it is our job to organize the majority in Ontario who want and need decent work. Join us at an upcoming event in your community to win $15 & Fairness for ALL!

    February 7th
    NORTH YORK, Willowdale Outreach Blitz

    Thursday, 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM | Don Mills TTC Station
    Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

    TORONTO, Workers' Rights Workshop: Building Power at UofT
    Thursday, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM | Workers Action Centre
    Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

    February 9th
    SCARBOROUGH, Scarborough Town Centre Outreach
    Saturday, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM | Scarborough Town Centre
    Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

    ETOBICOKE, Etobicoke Outreach Blitz
    Saturday, 1:00 PM to 2:00PM | Kipling TTC station
    Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

    February 11th

    HAMILTON, Hamilton Organizing Meeting
    Monday, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM | ATU 107 Hall 
    Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

    February 12th
    TORONTO, Health Care for Migrants: National Day of Action 
    Tuesday, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM | Immigration and Refugee Board
    Click here to share on Facebook

    TORONTO, Data Entry Pizza Party
    Tuesday, 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM | Workers Action Centre
    Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

    TORONTO, Toronto-wide Organizing Meeting
    Tuesday, 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM | Workers Action Centre
    Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

    February 14th
    TORONTO, 14th Annual February 14th Strawberry Ceremony for mmiwg2s
    Thursday, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM | Toronto Police Headquarters
    Click here to share on Facebook

    February 16th
    OTTAWA, What could a Green New Deal look like in Canada?
    Saturday, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM | University of Ottawa 
    Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

    February 17th
    BRAMPTON, Local $15 and Fairness Meeting
    Sunday, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM | Knightsbridge Community and Senior Citizens Centre (1A Knightsbridge Rd)
    Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook


    March 21st
    CROSS CANADA, International Day for the Elimination of Racism
    Mark this important day in your calendar, and stay tuned for details about a local action happening near you. We are encouraging our networks to help centre migrant workers’ issues on that day. For more information, visit: migrantrights.ca.


  • WE are still the majority, the time to fight is NOW

    Communities across Ontario are furious! 2019 has already been made harder, not easier, for millions of workers because Premier Doug Ford rolled back our hard-won $15 minimum wage, cancelled paid sick days and even reversed the law that made it mandatory to pay part-time, contract, casual and temporary workers the same as their full-time counterparts.

    Pushing workers in low-wage, precarious employment further into poverty is unacceptable -- and we need to make it our job to let everyone know what the Conservatives have done. That’s why we’ve produced a set of posters (and leaflets) to name and shame the Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) who took away our rights. To find a customized poster (11x17, tabloid size) for your MPP, click here. To find a matching set of leaflets (2UP layout on letter size), click here. Help us share these resources by posting or distributing them in your neighbourhood.

    download MPP Posters
    If you don’t live in a riding where the MPP helped roll back our rights,
    please feel free to use the Doug Ford poster and leaflet.

    Danger ahead: Bill 66

    Right now it's crucial that we keep organizing because new attacks on workers and our communities are on the way. Not content with rolling back so many of our workplace rights, the Ford government quietly tabled Bill 66, the Restoring Ontario's Competitiveness Act, late December. If adopted, Bill 66 would: weaken environmental protections; reduce workers’ access to stable pension plans; reduce child care spaces, weaken the rules that ensure child care workers are present in adequate numbers to care for our children and get properly trained; make it harder for trades and labourers in the public sector to get the protection of a union agreement; and more.

    Shockingly, not only would Bill 66 remove the employer obligation to display a simple poster in the workplace about workers’ rights, it would also remove the long-standing Ministry of Labour protections for workers against excessive hours of work and unpaid overtime.

    Fortunately, workers are not going to put up with this.

    Make your voice heard!

    Premier Doug Ford needs to be reminded that while he may have the majority of seats inside Queen's Park, WE are the majority in Ontario. Please click here to email Ford right now (your local MPP will be copied too). Let's demand that he immediately withdraw Bill 66 and stop the attacks on our jobs, our services, and our legal protections. 

    Until February 19, Ontario Legislative Assembly happens to be on recess. This means our provincial representatives are in their home ridings, attending to constituency matters. Fair labour laws save lives, but Bill 66 does the opposite. No matter which political party your MPP belongs to, please make sure to visit or call them to deliver this important message.

    Help organize your community

    We're only 3 weeks into 2019 but multiple $15 and Fairness organizing meetings have already taken place in Ottawa, Kingston, Barrie and Toronto. Last Saturday, the women’s march was on fire across Ontario, even though the day was incredibly cold. There is a real appetite in all corners of the province to hold elected officials to account. Help us organize to win decent work for ALL.

    Click here to download our new sign-up sheet where you can read more about our big vision for decent work. If you have friends or co-workers who want to get involved, have them add their names and contact information, then email the sheet to us. You can also get your union, group, or network to join $15 & Fairness by visiting: www.15andfairness.org/sign_up 

    Upcoming Events

    Please scroll below to see upcoming events. If you don't see one in your community, and are interested in hosting a meeting or a Know Your Right Workshop, email us at info@15andFairnes.org so we can help you get started.

    January 25
    BARRIE, Community Education and Outreach

    Friday, 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM - Meridian Place, Barrie, 6 Simcoe Street
    Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

    January 26
    TORONTO, West Toronto Canvass

    Saturday, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM - Outside Dufferin Station, North West corner of Dufferin/Bloor
    Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

    January 29
    TORONTO, City-wide Organizing Meeting

    Tuesday, 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM - 720 Spadina Avenue, Unit 223
    ***Doors open at 5:30 PM, Meeting starts at 6:00 PM 
    Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

    February 1 
    TORONTO, Cuales son tus Derechos Labores apartir de Enero 2019
    Friday, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM - 720 Spadina Avenue, Unit 223
    ** This Know Your Rights workshop will be in Spanish only.
    For more information, click here.

    February 9
    ETOBICOKE, Etobicoke Lakeshore Outreach

    Saturday, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM - Outside the Kipling subway station
    Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

    March 21
    CROSS CANADA, International Day for the Elimination of Racism
    Mark this important day in your calendar, and stay tuned for details about a local action happening near you. We are encouraging our networks to help centre migrant workers’ issues on that day. For more information, visit: migrantrights.ca.


  • published Help us fuel the fight for decent work in Media 2018-12-31 18:03:51 -0500

    Help us fuel the fight to win decent work for ALL

    As of today (January 1, 2019), almost 900,000 federally-regulated workers across Canada will have the legislated right to three paid sick days; to equal pay for equal work for part-time, contract, and temporary workers; and to protections against contract flipping**.

    There is no doubt that the Federal government took these modest, but important steps, towards legislating $15 & Fairness, after seeing the incredible levels of public support our decent work movement generated for these very rights in Ontario.

    Fuel the fight to win $15 & Fairness for ALL!
    Become a monthly donor (click here)

    Thanks to you taking action, close to a million workers in sectors that cross provincial borders (such as banking, airlines, telecommunications, shipping, transportation, and more) will now benefit from improved working conditions. And furthermore, the federal government will also consider a $15 federal minimum wage by putting together a 10-month task force early this year.

    However, as we saw last year with the Ford government's rollbacks of our provincial decent work laws, we can't take these federal victories for granted. This is why in 2019, we must fight even harder to assert every worker's right to $15 & Fairness.

    In Ontario, this means holding the Conservative government to account for taking away our rights at work, cutting the services we rely on and weakening workers’ supports.

    In the upcoming months, it's essential that we increase our public outreach efforts, to make sure every worker knows about – and benefits from – the improvements we were able to protect last year (click here to read them). Of course, we also need to continue organizing in every corner of the province, to deter the Ford government from further attacking our rights at work. 

    To fuel this work, we have a bold request: Would you be willing to give us $15 every month during 2019? (Click here to become a monthly donor).

    If just 1% of our supporters made this kind of commitment to the Fight for $15 and Fairness, we could train and mentor local campaign organizers in 5 new cities. A monthly donation of even $5 (the equivalent of a fancy cup of coffee) would make a world of difference, allowing us to distribute more educational resources about our rights at work and make them available in multiple languages. Of course, any one-off financial contribution is also much needed and no amount is too little or too large!

    By far, however, the most important contribution you can make is your continued support and solidarity. We have come this far because supporters like you have given their time, energy, and commitment where it matters most: in your community, workplace, or campus.

    Thank you for all you have contributed so far! We have much to do in the year ahead, but we are confident that 2019 will mark another year of progress in our fight for decent work for all.

    **Protections against contract flipping will allow workers to retain their wages and job security if a service contract is re-signed with another provider.


  • Posters: Your MPP took away your rights at work (Personalized for Conservative MPPs) (11x17)

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=15awvR1y5T1jEH-xZ1tW3fK5bS6loTRJ9


  • Leaflets: Your MPP took away your rights at work (Personalized for Conservative MPPs) (2UP layout)

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1VpCNg4C4b5N1EPCuHpZNtunwFfBlxaK5


  • published Equal Pay for Equal Work in Demands 2018-12-19 17:14:18 -0500


  • Bill 47 passes, Ford shows he is NOT for the people

    Ontario is open for sickness. Ontario is open for poverty wages. Ontario is open for law-breaking bad bosses. And we have Premier Doug Ford's Bill 47, which was passed today by a vote of 69 in favour and 45 against, to thank for it.

    For those who believed Ford when he promised to stand up for the people, today's betrayal will not be forgotten. He has now told Ontario workers loudly and clearly, that his is a government for Big Business and Big Business only. 

    SHAME on Doug Ford
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    We are outraged. By passing Bill 47 today, the Ford government not only took the most modest protections away from millions of workers, but did so despite an overwhelming and well-documented opposition from the public. Over 77% of Ontarians -- including 64% of Conservative voters -- oppose Ford government's decision to eliminate paid sick days. Over 66% of Ontarians -- including 62% of small businesses -- support a $15 minimum wage. 

    The economic evidence is also clear: the $14 minimum wage and other labour law reforms have not harmed Ontario's economy. From Statistics Canada to the Bank of Canada, there is not a shred of evidence to excuse this government's action. No wonder the right wing Toronto Sun and corporate Financial Post were reduced to publishing misleading claims from a fringe, ideologically-motivated Montreal-based think tank. Respected economist Michal Rozworski de-bunked these claims in just a few hours -- click here to get the facts.

    Premier Ford and the Conservative Members of Provincial Parliament know, they had NO MANDATE to rollback labour law reforms. This is why they are repeating lies and avoiding their own constituents (the very people whom they get paid to represent). Across the province we've heard from hundreds of people that MPPs are not returning calls, refusing meetings, running out back doors or side exits, and in a couple of cases, actually turning out the lights and hiding in back rooms as constituents wait to be heard! 

    They can run, but they can't hide. Yesterday, over 120 supporters of the $15 & Fairness campaign packed the gallery inside the provincial legislature. WE were the majority inside Queen's Park and we shut it down and successfully delayed the vote on Bill 47 for another day.  

    citynews clip on the Queen`s park action
    Check out the CityNews coverage of our action by clicking here

    We are not exaggerating when we say that our movement for decent work is growing every day. Some of the people who joined us at Queen's Park last night were in fact taking their first action with us. Like all of us, they are angry and ready to fight. It will be up to every single one of us to stay organized, stay strong, and push back against the lies coming from this government, and their corporate friends. Have a listen to some of the plans we have for moving forward by tuning into yesterday's $15 & Fairness Assembly (click here), held right after the Queen's Park action. And watch your inbox. We'll have a detailed analysis of all the things we were able to protect against this round of corporate backlash that will make a huge difference for millions of workers, from job-protected emergency leave to the $14 minimum wage. 

    If you are reading this, YOU too have made our $15 and Fairness movement so much stronger. Remember, WE are the majority. And with your support, there's no way we'll let this government off the hook for what it's done. And we will be well-placed to win the next round. 


  • published 3 days left until the final vote on Bill 47 in Media 2018-11-18 21:03:32 -0500

    3 days left until the final vote on Bill 47

    We just learned that Bill 47 will go for a final vote at the provincial legislature on Tuesday afternoon. This dangerous law will cut the minimum wage and delay $15 by seven (7)! years, eliminate paid sick days, reduce UNPAID sick leave, lower fines for employers who break the law, as well as roll back most of our new labour rights.

    That leaves just three days for us to get as many of our friends, co-workers, and family to contact their Member of Provincial Parliament. If you haven't yet emailed your MPP please do it now (click here) and ask others to join you. Better, to make sure our elected officials hear our demand for decent work -- CALL YOUR MPP! You can find them and their phone number, by entering your postal code here. When you call, ask your MPP to vote against Bill 47.

    If you are in Toronto, we need your help to pack the Queen's Park Gallery on Tuesday to witness the vote (click here to let us know you'll be there). Our best intel says MPPs will debate Bill 47 one last time (between 3:00 pm and 4:30 pm) before voting on it as early as 5:00 pm. *** Ford government has the power to change the timing of the debate at the last minute to avoid public scrutiny while they vote on Bill 47, please RSVP (click here) and watch your email so we can keep you updated ***

    The public demand for $15 & Fairness is growing! More than three-quarters (77%) of Ontarians support paid sick days, and the vast majority want a $15 minimum wage and all the other reforms we fought so hard for. Premier Doug Ford and his government have NO MANDATE to roll back our rights (click to read our Bill 47 analysis). Every MPP who sides with Corporate lobbyists over the needs of their constituents needs to know we will not forget what they have done and we will not give up our fight.

    Actions are happening every day to spread the word about our rights, and why they are at stake. Scroll down to find an event near you (or click here):

    Saturday, November 17th
    HAMILTON
    Hamilton Santa Claus Parade $15 and Fairness Outreach
    Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM - Wilson St and James St North
    Please RSVP or share on Facebook

    OSHAWA
    Join CUPE for Santa's Parade of Lights
    Saturday, 5:00PM - 8:00PM - King Street West & Rosehill Blvd
    Please RSVP and share

    Sunday, November 18th
    LINDSAY
    Lindsay Santa Claus Parade Outreach
    Sunday, 12:00PM - 3:00PM - Sir Sandford Fleming College (parking lots A &B)
    Please RSVP or share on Facebook

    TORONTO
    Toronto Santa Claus Parade Outreach
    Sunday, 12:00PM - 1:30PM - College and University Intersection
    Please RSVP or share on Facebook

    Monday, November 19th
    TORONTO
    Getting to Work: Organizing against Climate and Labour Precarity
    Monday, 5:00PM - 8:00PM, 720 Spadina Ave Unit 223
    Please RSVP or share on Facebook

    Tuesday, November 20th
    TORONTO
    Pack the Queen's Park Gallery for Bill 47
    Tuesday, 3:00 to 6:00 PM, Queen's Park Gallery
    Don't forget to bring a government-issued photo ID to get inside Queen's Park, and please allow yourself 30 minutes for the line-ups at the security. We will meet at the Queen's Park cafeteria in the basement. Come as early as possible!
    Please RSVP and share on Facebook 

    Following the final vote on Bill 47, that same evening we are holding an Assembly for $15 & Fairness to debrief, assess, and plan the next phase of resistance. Toronto's Assembly will start at 6:00 PM (click to sign up) and we will share the assembly time and locations of other cities on Monday afternoon via email (stay-tuned).

    Toronto-wide Assembly for $15 & Fairness
    Tuesday, 6:00PM - 8:30PM, 720 Spadina Ave Unit 223
    Join us at this Assembly to debrief, assess, and plan the next phase of resistance. Doors open: 6:30 PM, Assembly: 7:00-8:30 PM
    Please RSVP or share on Facebook


  • published Songbook of Workers' Carols in Resources 2018-11-16 16:35:43 -0500

  • Tell the committee: listen to the people, not corporations

    As we reported in our last update, the Ford government is sending Bill 47, the dangerous legislation that seeks to take away basic protections from workers, to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. This is a governmental committee including 9 members of parliament who will hear from the public on Thursday and consider changes to Bill 47.

    TAKE ACTION
    click here to speak out against Bill 47

    Let's be clear: the government is not sending the Bill to Committee for democratic input. Rather, they are sending Bill 47 to committee as a means of creating another platform for their corporate backers to spread misinformation. Indeed, consultations have been scheduled for a mere five (5) hours. As such, it is unlikely that the voices of the 66% majority who support a $15 minimum wage and decent work will be well-represented in this process.

    This is why your support is critical to make our voices heard. Can you take a minute right now to send a letter to the Standing Committee? We have pre-drafted one for you that you can send off with the click of a button (if you'd like, you can easily customize the letter and add your personal take on why Bill 47 must be repealed). Click here to send your letter now, which will be copied to the members of the Standing Committee and the leaders of the political parties.

    We can not allow the Ford government to create the illusion of a "public consultation" while limiting feedback on Bill 47 to just 5 hours. Send your letter now to add your name to the list of people, businesses and organizations who support fairer labour laws. Let's create a public record of the majority support for decent work, in contrast to the minority voices of Big Business who'll comprise the bulk of people cherry-picked to make in-person presentations to the Committee. 

    While flooding the inboxes of Committee members with letters calling for the withdrawal of Bill 47, we will also continue taking our message to the streets and the media. At least 3 cities, including Ottawa (Nepean), Toronto and Newmarket are scheduled to hold PUBLIC hearings on Thursday to amplify the voices of the people most affected by the proposed rollback of workers' rights (scroll below for event details or click here). Ford government and their deep-pocketed lobbyist friends can hold their 5-hour "consultation", WE will host our own public hearings.

    There are actions happening every day of the week in all corners of Ontario. Just in the past week we have made headlines in Sault Ste. Marie, Windsor, Hamilton, Oxford, Chatham, Peterborough, and Toronto, to name only a few places. Scheduled and unscheduled MPP visits continue to unfold across the province involving faith leaders, teachers, health providers, faculty, students, workers, and other community leaders. Please scroll below to join an event near you, and don't forget to send your letter to the committee.

    Monday, November 12th
    HAMILTON
    Hamilton Fight for $15 Working Meeting
    Monday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM - CUPE 5167 Hall, 818 King St E
    Please RSVP or share on Facebook

    TORONTO
    2 Weeks to Organize: UofT Meeting & Letter Writing
    Monday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM - 720 Spadina Ave Unit 223
    Please RSVP or share on Facebook

    Wednesday, November 14th
    BRAMPTON
    Peel $15 and Fairness Outreach
    Wednesday, 8:00AM - 9AM - Brampton Gateway Terminal, 501 Main St S
    Please RSVP or share on Facebook

    TORONTO
    Emergency Phonebanking for $15 & Fairness
    Wednesday, 5:30PM - 8:00PM, 720 Spadina Ave Unit 223
    Please RSVP or share on Facebook

    Thursday, November 15th
    BRANTFORD
    Brantford Transit Canvass
    Thursday, 9:00AM - 10:00AM, Brantford Transit Terminal, 64 Darling St
    Please RSVP or share on Facebook

    Brantford's Fight for $15 and Fairness Canvassing
    Thursday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM, RCW Lobby, 154 Dalhousie St
    Please RSVP or share on Facebook

    NEWMARKET
    York Region Town Hall - $15 and Fairness
    Thursday, 4:00PM - 7:00PM - CUPE 905 Hall, 165 Pony Drive
    Please RSVP or share on Facebook

    OTTAWA
    The People's Hearings on Bill 47: Speak out for fairness!
    Thursday, 1:30PM - 3:30PM - 1580 Merivale Rd
    Please RSVP or share on Facebook

    SCARBOROUGH
    Markham & Ellesmere Mainstreeting
    Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:00PM - Intersection of Markham and Ellesmere
    Please RSVP or share on Facebook

    TORONTO
    Flu Fighter Outreach
    Thursday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM - Corner of College St & University Ave
    Please RSVP or share on Facebook

    $15 and Fairness Blitz at York Lanes
    Thursday, 12:30PM - 2:30PM - York Lanes Mall, 4700 Keele St
    Please RSVP or share on Facebook

    Bill 47 "Mock Committee" Public Hearings
    Thursday, 12:30PM - 1:00PM - Queens Park, 111 Wellesley St W
    Please RSVP or share on Facebook

    Spadina and Bloor Blitz
    Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:00PM - Spadina and Bloor intersection
    Please RSVP or share on Facebook

    Friday, November 16th
    TORONTO
    WE are the People - Rally against Doug Ford
    Friday, 5:30PM - 7:00PM - Toronto Congress Centre, 650 Dixon Rd
    Please RSVP or share on Facebook

    Sunday, November 18th
    TORONTO
    Toronto Santa Claus Parade Outreach
    Sunday, 11:30AM - 1:00PM - College and University Intersection
    Please RSVP or share on Facebook

    Monday, November 19th
    TORONTO
    Getting to Work: Organizing against Climate and Labour Precarity
    Monday, 5:00PM - 8:00PM, 720 Spadina Ave Unit 223
    Please RSVP or share on Facebook

    Tuesday, November 20th
    TORONTO
    Toronto Wide Organizing Meeting
    Tuesday, 5:30PM - 8:30PM, 720 Spadina Ave Unit 223
    Please RSVP or share on Facebook





  • Posters: "Hands off" posters personalized for every Conservative MPP

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1wgDW5eU3bN8HSqHX1EEBM8YcGTRsdp8M



  • published Poster: MPP pledge to vote against Bill 47 in Resources 2018-11-01 16:15:21 -0400



  • published We NEED fair labour laws to save lives in Media 2018-10-28 13:26:59 -0400

    We NEED fair labour laws to save lives

    On Tuesday, October 23, the Doug Ford government introduced Bill 47. This legislation seeks to impose a real dollar cut in the minimum wage and eliminate most of our new workplace rights, including paid sick days, equal pay for equal work, and more. If passed, this outrageous legislation will force millions into poverty, while putting workers' health and safety at risk. Click here to read our briefing note on the bill.

    That's why, across the province, the reaction to Bill 47 was swift. Emergency actions sprang up in over 15 cities, including in: Oakville, Ottawa, Whitby, North Bay, London, Waterloo, Peel, Scarborough, Newmarket, Kingston, Aurora, Sudbury, Etobicoke, Niagara, Toronto, and more.

    In Toronto, the Fight for $15 & Fairness along with the Ontario Federation of Labour, organized a well-attended media conference at Queen's Park the very same day the the regressive legislation was tabled. The following day, an emergency rally outside the Ministry of Labour drew 500 people who marched to the legislature, calling on the government to reverse course. 

    In all corners of the province there is an incredible determination to push back against Bill 47 and more actions are unfolding almost every day.

    Click to join an upcoming action to defend our rights
    (or scroll below for event listing) 

    Sadly, on Friday, we learned the tragic news that a 4th temp agency worker was killed at a Fiera Foods related bakery in Toronto. This is the same food processing company where 3 temp agency workers previously lost their lives, prompting an undercover investigation by Toronto Star's Sara Mojtehedzadeh. We send our deepest condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of the deceased.  

    In light of the tragedy, we held an emergency vigil that same night (click here to see the live-stream). Another community vigil is taking place this Monday at 5:30 PM at Keele Street & York Boulevard (main entrance of York University), which is very close to the location of the plant where this worker was killed. Please let us know if you can make it (click here), and bring candles and flowers with you if possible. 

    Announcing Monday's community vigil
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    We know this heartbreaking death is not an isolated event (click here to read our backgrounder on the Fiera Food deaths). It is what happens - and what will happen in the future - if workers are treated as disposable and if the laws meant to protect us are weakened, or not enforced at all. Premier Doug Ford must immediately withdraw Bill 47 and strengthen the enforcement of our existing labour laws. This means resuming the proactive inspections done by the Ministry of Labour (halted since September) and hiring the 100 new employment standards officers that were planned before the Ford government imposed a hiring freeze.

    Please speak out by joining an event near you
    (or scroll below for event listing) 

    Let's be clear about the serious implications of Bill 47:

    • When the government says freeze the minimum wage for 33 months, it means a real dollar cut in earnings for the lowest-paid workers in the province. After that wage cut, the minimum wage would only be adjusted in accordance with the previous year's price increases (Consumer Price Index). It could be 2025 by the time the minimum wage reaches $15, and by then, a $15 wage will, once again, fall below the poverty line. This government wants to reimpose poverty on millions of workers in this province.
    • When the government says it wants to cut paid sick days, it is saying it has no problem forcing workers to work while they are sick or injured. It is saying they have no problem with parents having to send their sick child to school where they might spread illness to other children and education workers. It says this government has a complete disregard for the health and well-being of the people who keep this province functioning.
    • When the government says it wants to re-impose a requirement for Doctors' notes, it is saying it has no problem forcing sick workers into hospital waiting rooms and risk spreading disease to others. It has no problem clogging up our health care system for visits that the Ontario Medical Association has said are unnecessary, wasteful, and costly. It says this government has no problem imposing red tape on workers and health providers. 
    • When this government reduces penalties for employers who openly disregard the law - as Bill 47 seeks to do - this government is telling Ontario's most unscrupulous employers that it is open season on the most vulnerable workers in this province. Especially those who work in temp agencies.  

    We need your help to deliver a message to Premier Doug Ford and his government: Fair labour laws, save lives. Bill 47 has not been passed, and it needs to be withdrawn immediately. Our elected officials must ensure our safety and well-being on the job, not jeopardize it.

    Join us at an upcoming action to tell the government: #WithdrawBill147More events are coming online every day. Visit the campaign website to see the most up-to-date listing. 

    MONDAY, October 29:

    TORONTO, Community vigil
    5:30 PM - 7:00 PM. Intersection of Keele St & York Blvd (Main entrance of York University)
    Let's honour the 4th temp agency worker who was killed at a Fiera Foods related company last week. Please bring candles and flowers if possible.
    Click here to RSVP and here to share on Facebook

    HAMILTON, Emergency meeting
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Workers Arts & Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart St
    Join this emergency meeting to discuss how we can mobilize against the planned repeal of our decent work laws.
    Click here to RSVP and here to share on Facebook

    RICHMOND HILL, Outreach outside MPP office
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM. Outside PC MPP's Michael Parsa's office, 13291 Yonge St
    Join us outside Richmond Hill PC MPP Michael Parsa's office to deliver the message: Withdraw Bill 47. We will have posters and leaflets to talk to our neighbours too.
    Click here to RSVP and share on Facebook

    TUESDAY, October 30:

    BRANTFORD, Emergency action
    1:30 PM - 3:30 PM. Victoria Park, 65 Market St
    We'll be meeting at 1:30 PM at Victoria Park by the middle statue before heading over to local MPP Will Bouma's office to do petitioning and postering outreach. 

    Click here to RSVP and here to share on Facebook

    NORTH BAY, Outreach outside North Bay Chamber
    5:00 PM - 5:30 PM. Outside North Bay Chamber of Commerce, 205 Main St E
    Help us counter the misinformation campaign of the corporate mouthpiece, Chamber of Commerce. Come and join us talk to local residents.
    Click here to RSVP and here to share on Facebook

    WEDNESDAY, October 31:

    OTTAWA, Halloween action on Carleton Campus
    11:00 AM - 1:30 PM. Carleton University campus, outside OPIRG office (326 UC)
    Join us to petition across Carleton campus to get signatures on our petition in support of $15 minimum wage and fair labour laws for all. Dress in halloween costume if you can!
    Click here to RSVP and here to share on Facebook

    TORONTO, Halloween action outside Ontario Chamber of Commerce
    12:30 PM - 1:30 PM. Outside Ontario Chamber of Commerce, 180 Dundas St West
    Come trick-or-treating with us on Halloween at the Chamber of Commerce. Let's get the word out that the Chamber is spinning lies about the impact of decent work on the economy to justify their call for the full repeal of our newly won rights.
    Click here to RSVP and here to share on Facebook

    FRIDAY, November 2:

    OTTAWA, Campus action outside the office of Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM. Outside Minister Fullerton's office, 240 Michael Cowpland Dr, Kanata
    Join us outside Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Merrilee Fullerton's office. We will be calling on Minister Fullerton to stand with students, staff and faculty and reject the repeal of decent work laws. 
    Click here to RSVP and here to share on Facebook

    TORONTO, Emergency Phonebanking
    2:00 PM - 7:00 PM. 720 Spadina Ave, Suite 223
    On Friday, help us call our supporters to get them to leave messages with their own Members of Provincial Parliament, to deliver the message: #WithdrawBill47 immediately! No previous experience is needed, we have scripts and snacks to help you get going.
    Click here to RSVP and share the event with your network