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

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

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

    Monday, November 19th
    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
    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.

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

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

    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 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

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

    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

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

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

    Monday, November 19th
    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 Wide Organizing Meeting
    Tuesday, 5:30PM - 8:30PM, 720 Spadina Ave Unit 223
    Please RSVP or share on Facebook

  • published Withdraw Bill 47 in Actions 2018-11-12 16:21:07 -0500

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

  • 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

  • published Backgrounder: Bill 47 in Resources 2018-10-28 12:55:36 -0400

  • published Emergency vigil in Media 2018-10-26 16:31:49 -0400

    Tragic death shows urgency for fair labour laws

    We are just learning news that a worker has been killed at Upper Crust bakery in Toronto. This is the 4th workplace death at a Fiera Foods-related company. The previous three workers who were killed, were all hired through temporary agencies. Fiera Foods was the subject of an undercover investigation by Toronto Star's Sara Mojtehedzadeh. 

    We send our deepest condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of the deceased. And in light of the tragedy, we are calling an emergency vigil tonight at 6:00 PM outside Queen's Park (Toronto)Please let us know if you can make it, and bring candles and flowers with you if possible. 

    The tragic death that took place last night, is not an isolated event! This a real life consequence of what happens when laws fail to protect us. 

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    By tabling Bill 47 this week and threatening to rollback our new laws, the Conservative government has declared war on the most vulnerable workers in the province. If passed, Bill 47, would:

    • reduce penalties assigned to employers for violating workplace laws
    • make it easier to deny workers any employment standards protections -- including EI, CPP and WSIB -- by misclassifying them as self-employed contractors, instead of employees
    • make it easier for employers to fire workers who decline last-minute shifts
    • eliminate paid sick days and reduce access to personal emergency leave
    • impose a real dollar wage cut for Ontario’s lowest paid workers
    • allow employers to pay part-time and temporary agency workers less than their full-time or directly-hired counterparts

    Unfortunately, the attack on workers doesn't end there. Yesterday we learned from a leaked government memo that proactive inspections done by the Ministry of Labour have been halted since September, despite being proven as an effective method for catching bad bosses. In other words, corrupt employers are getting the green light to continue breaking the law.

    Also since introducing Bill 47 on Tuesday, several Conservative MPPs, Premier Doug Ford included, has been engaged in a smear campaign to paint our grassroots movement for decent work, as fringe, as vandals, as radicals following a break-in that took place at Labour Minister Laurie Scott's constituency office. 

    Let us not be distracted from the real threat coming from Queen's Park. This is why, across the province, faith groups, health organizations, community agencies, labour activists, students, teachers, and workers continue to organize actions (you can see upcoming events by clicking here).

    News of this devastating death just makes it crystal clear that the protections we are seeking are crucial for the safety and well-being of our communities. The government must WITHDRAW BILL 47. Failure to do so will mean forcing millions of workers into poverty and make their lives even more unsafe and uncertain. 

    If you can -- please join us tonight at 6:00 PM outside Queen's Park for the emergency vigil. If you cannot come in person, please help us by:

    - Inviting your friends to the vigil on Facebook - click here to spread the word
    - Emailing Premier Ford and telling him to withdraw Bill 47 - click here to add your voice
    - Tuning into the live-stream of the candlelight vigil at 6:00 PM via the campaign Facebook page
    - Donating to the campaign, to help us have a fighting chance against the greedy corporations that are spearheading the campaign to roll back our new labour laws - make a donation now

  • published College Faculty in Movement 2018-10-10 12:19:56 -0400

  • published Factsheet: What's at stake with Bill 148? in Resources 2018-10-04 13:31:48 -0400