Nil Sendil


  • 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

     


  • published Important win! Keep fighting for #15andFairness in Media 2019-03-04 15:01:38 -0500

    Important win! Keep fighting for #15andFairness

    Migrant care workers have just won an incredible victory, reminding us all how powerful we can be when we raise our voices collectively.

    In direct response to years of grassroots organizing, the federal government announced a new pilot program this weekend, which will, for the first time, allow care workers to have a sector specific work permit which give workers more flexibility to change employers when facing violations of rights. This means that abusive employers will have a harder time taking advantage of care workers, because these workers won't have to risk deportation to get away from a bad situation. In addition, care workers will now be able to bring their families with them to Canada. Click here to read more.

    This is an important step forward in the struggle for workers’ rights, women’s rights and racial justice. There is no doubt that our fight to win $15 & Fairness for ALL workers continues – that means pushing for permanent residency status upon arrival and getting rid of exemptions that exclude migrant workers from basic employment rights. 

    Provincially, it is clear Premier Doug Ford is not interested in making life better for workers in Ontario. Why else would he lower fines for employers who break the law, and take away 2 meagre paid sick days a year from millions of workers?

    Right now, Ford is forging ahead with Bill 66 which will cancel protections against unpaid overtime and excessive hours of work -- leading to more precarious jobs. (Click here to speak against Bill 66)Because of this government's attacks on the basic rights and services our communities rely on, many of us are hurting.

    From minimum wage earners to the parents of children with autism, and from post-secondary students, staff, and faculty to early childhood educators, everybody is forced to make sacrifices EXCEPT corporate executives who profit from poverty wages while failing to pay their fair share of taxes. We will not tolerate this.

    By organizing in every neighbourhood, workplace, and campus and by raising our voices in local media (see an example from Parry-Sound Muskoka by clicking here), we will hold this government to account. The Ford government may have a majority of seats inside the Ontario Legislature, but we are the majority on the streets -- and resistance is growing!

    There are several events coming up across Ontario (scroll below), please make every effort to join us in person to take action.

    February 27
    TORONTO, UofT $15 & Fairness says NO to Bill 66!
    Wednesday, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM | Sid Smith Hall, University of Toronto St George
    Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

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

    February 28
    NORTH BAY, North Bay Power of Many: Regional Activation Meeting
    Thursday, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM | OPSEU Region 6 Union Hall
    Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

    March 4
    KINGSTON, Kingston Workplace Rights Survey Outreach

    Monday, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM | Cataraqui Centre Transit Stop
    Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

    HAMILTON, Hamilton Power of Many: Regional Activation Meeting
    Monday, 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM | Carpenters Union Local 18
    Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

    March 7
    TORONTO, Fighting for Labour Rights: A Public Health Issue
    Thursday, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Dalla Lana School of Public Health
    Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

    March 9
    TORONTO, International Women's Day Toronto Rally and March
    Saturday, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (RALLY), March starts at 1:00 PM | Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
    This year we will be marching with care workers! Save the date and see you there!
    Click here to RSVP and share on Facebook

    March 10
    BRAMPTON, Brampton Organizing Meeting
    Sunday, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM | Knightsbridge Community and Senior Citizens Centre
    Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

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

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

    March 13
    BRAMPTON, Rally: Brampton Workers Say No to Bill 66
    Wednesday, 5:00 PM -  6:00 PM | Main Street/ Bovaird Drive Intersection 
    Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

    March 19
    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

    March 21
    TORONTO, Toronto Rally: #UniteAgainstRacism
    Thursday, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM | Nathan Philips Square 
    Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

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


  • 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