COVID-19 is spreading like wildfire among migrant farm workers with temporary immigration status, who are housed by their employers in unsanitary, overcrowded conditions and work without access to any paid sick days or protective equipment.
Over two hundred and eighty have now tested positive, several are hospitalized, and one migrant worker from Mexico -- 31 year old Bonifacio Eugenio Romero -- has died.
Health experts have been clear about the source of the infections: "any 'suspicion that it might have been brought from elsewhere is absolutely not true in this situation,' said Dr. Mustafa Hirji, acting medical officer of health for the Niagara region. 'We believe this is infection that was acquired through people's interaction within the community. … Living in close quarters and difficulty maintaining physical distancing at work may have been factors."
These workers – most of whom come from Jamaica and Mexico – are not only paid poorly for highly-skilled and difficult work, but are also held down by temporary work permits tied to their employer: where speaking up against unsafe working conditions means getting deported.
Migrant workers are essential workers, not expendable bodies. It is their labour that fuels the very food chain upon which we all depend, from fields and factories to grocery stores. Yet from one end of the country to the other, whether it’s meat-processing plants in Alberta or farms in Ontario, there has been a complete failure to provide safe work and decent living conditions.
But we can change all this - and protect each other - if we raise our voices together. The Migrant Workers Alliance for Change is calling for three simple demands from Ontario to contain and mitigate the crisis:
- Suspend work at COVID-19 farms.
- Ensure income for all.
- Ensure proper health & safety.
Will you speak up to protect everyone’s health? We need immediate action to contain the outbreak and prevent more people from getting infected, or worse.
Call your Member of Provincial Parliament NOW!
Click to see tips and find their number.
The fact we are having to sound the alarm to ensure some basic level of dignity for migrant farm workers, speaks to the depth of racism that forms the very foundation of Canada’s unfair immigration programs and labour market.
For too long, systemic racism has forced workers of colour into the most dangerous jobs with low pay, inadequate hours, and few benefits. This is a pandemic that has been hurting Black, Indigenous and workers of color with deadly consequences, way before COVID-19. Black and Brown bodies are NOT less deserving and more expendable than white bodies. Justice demands equal treatment for all. That’s why the Fight for $15 and Fairness is proud to join with the Migrant Rights Network to demand full citizenship status for all migrant workers. Join the day of action on June 14, click here to register and learn more.
None of us can be free until all of us are. Join us.
Organizing works! Just days after our #PaidSickLeaveSavesLives Day of Action, and under pressure from the federal NDP, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged on Monday to push for 10 days of paid sick leave for every worker in Canada.
With the support of health providers, faith leaders, labour unions, anti-poverty advocates and small business owners, we’ve been pushing for at least 7 paid sick days for ALL - plus an additional 14 days during public health outbreaks. Winning a commitment for 10 days of paid leave is a huge step forward. But, we can’t celebrate yet.
Take 2 minutes and make your call now (click here for tips)!
If you can, post a video or photo of yourself in action with the hashtag #PaidSickLeaveSavesLives, and challenge others to do the same.
Despite his fine words, the Prime Minister has only promised to “explore” options with the provinces, and so far has made no effort to lead by example to legislate the 10 paid days for the nearly 1 million workers covered by the Canada Labour Code*.
It’s up to all of us to make sure the federal government turns their words into action. Call your local Member of Parliament today (click here to find their number and a suggested script). Tell them you support 10 permanent employer paid sick days to be legislated immediately, with no public subsidies for the likes of Loblaws, Chartwell or Amazon.
Mandate paid sick days now, without delay
With medical experts warning of a second wave of COVID-19 infections -- on top of day-to-day workplace outbreaks -- the lack of legislated paid sick days puts more people at risk of contagion… or worse. Workers who are ill must be able to stay home that same day without financial penalty, instead of having to lose income for 14 days to gain access to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. Millions of people cannot afford to take a single unpaid day off when they are unwell. This is a disgrace - and a public health hazard for all of us.
During COVID-19 and permanently
From the heartbreaking conditions in for-profit long-term care homes, to the poverty wages facing many frontline workers, the pandemic did not create these injustices, but exposed them for what they are. Paid sick days are a necessity, not a luxury -- and if we are serious about limiting community transmission of contagious illnesses like the seasonal flu, we need this protection permanently. In Ontario, there are too many early childhood educators, paramedics, food handlers, nurses, security guards, cleaners and so many more without *any* paid sick days. This is unacceptable.
NO public subsidies for wealthy corporations
Meanwhile, Loblaws, Walmart, Amazon - all companies raking in billions more in revenue during the COVID-19 outbreak - underpay their workers and provide no paid sick days. That’s exactly how they keep their profit high. These companies can certainly afford to provide paid sick days for every employee. Our tax dollars must not be used to subsidize the Loblaws of the world to provide paid sick days, or the likes of for-profit nursing home Chartwell that has been rightly slapped with a class-action lawsuit. Let’s not give them a single dime.
Thousands of supporters like yourself sent in petitions, called our elected representatives and spoke up for this basic protection! For the Prime Minister to be giving voice to what thousands of us have been saying all along is a huge step forward and a vindication of our demands. However, we must force him to deliver on his promise.
As it stands, very few workers in Canada** have a government-guaranteed right to paid sick days. But together, we can change that! Make your call now (visit: 15andFairness.org/CallYourMP for more info). There’s no time to lose to legislate life-saving paid sick days for ALL!
* Canada Labour Code dictates the rights of federally regulated workers in sectors that cross provincial boundaries, like transportation, communication and banking.
** Workers in Ontario have 0 legislated paid sick days, while workers in PEI are entitled to 1 paid sick day a year after working for the same employer for 5 years. Workers in Quebec get access to 2 paid sick days after working for the same employer for 3 months.
Huge thanks to everyone who helped make yesterday's Day of Action for Paid Sick Days, which we cohosted with the Ontario Federation of Labour and CUPE Ontario, a success! From Sudbury to Niagara in Ontario, and from British Columbia to Nova Scotia, we said it loud and clear: #PaidSickLeaveSavesLives.
Let's build on this momentum!
Sign up to join our online organizing meeting on Tuesday, May 26 at 7 PM
From sunup to sundown, photos and videos of creative actions to push for this crucial protection came pouring in. Here are just some of the highlights:
Wide-spread support for paid sick days:
From teachers to nurses, small business owners to students, we raised our voices yesterday. Friends, families and neighbours hit the sidewalks with chalk, chanted our demands and postered their local grocery stores. Some of us took our demands directly to local Members of Provincial Parliament and Retail Action Network in BC even got dressed up in superhero costumes! See photos of these creative actions, here.
Day of Action makes headlines:
Listen to this stellar radio interview where Lisa Descary explains why she is participating in the Day of Action.
Thanks to so many people taking to social media to show their support for 7 paid sick days for ALL (on a permanent basis) plus additional 14 days during outbreaks, we trended! Check out some of the great photos that were shared (click here), including this selfie compilation by Climate Justice Peel.
Elected officials join the action:
Local representatives across party lines echoed our demand for legislated paid sick days. St Catharines City Councillor Karrie Porter, NDP MPPs Jill Andrews, Jessica Bell, Bhutila Karpoche and Marit Stiles as well as Green Party of Ontario spoke out.
Throughout Canada, a conversation about the urgent need for paid sick days is brewing. It is really up to all of us, to make sure this sentiment gets turned into real action so every worker has the financial ability to stay home when sick. Join this Tuesday's online organizing meeting (7:00 PM on May 26) to discuss different strategies we could use to increase the pressure to win paid sick days for ALL (sign up here)! We'd love to hear from you about how the Day of Action went for you, and what other tactics you'd like to try in the future. You can join the online meeting by phone or the video app Zoom (log-in details will be emailed to you once you register, click here).
If you have any questions about the right to refuse unsafe work or accessing income supports during the pandemic, tune into our online workshop on Thursday, May 28 (register here) taking place also at 7:00 PM. We continue to host these free webinars together with the Workers' Action Centre, to help more people learn their rights.
Thank you for your ongoing support! Before Ford government took them away, we had made Ontario the first province in Canada to legislate paid sick days for ALL workers. By organizing collectively, we can win this crucial protection back. Let's keep up the pressure!
Ontario workers do not have the legislated right to paid sick days since the Ford government scrapped this basic protection. Nurses, cleaners, paramedics, garbage workers, grocery store workers, and so many more CANNOT AFFORD TO STAY HOME without pay, even when they have symptoms.
On May 21, demand 21 paid sick days with us: 7 paid sick days on a permanent basis and additional 14 days during public health outbreaks.
Share your paid sick day story.
Use the hashtag #PaidSickLeaveSavesLives to post on social media why you support this crucial right for all. We'll be following the conversation on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram throughout the day to amplify your voice.
Sidewalk chalk your support.
Outside your house, local grocery store, or the office of your Member of Provincial Parliament, chalk the sidewalks with your creative messages in support of paid sick days. Snap a photo and post online using the hashtag #PaidSickLeaveSavesLives.
Download & display our poster (or make your own)!
Choose from one of the many colourful letter-sized posters that celebrate frontline workers by demanding paid sick days for all: www.15andfairness.org/resources Post them up in your neighbourhood (or make your own!) and snap a selfie to tell everyone about the need for this urgent protection.
Cheer for paid sick days for ALL!
Bring your family members, friends, neighbours into the Day of Action by cheering for paid sick days from your window, porch, balcony, yard... Don't forget to film yourself in action and share it online with the hashtag #PaidSickLeaveSavesLives.
On May 21st, wherever you are, whenever you can - speak out for paid sick days. We'll be sharing the actions of $15 & Fairness supporters like yourself throughout the day on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, so follow and post with the hashtag #PaidSickLeaveSavesLives to be a part of this important conversation. Not on social media? Reply to this email with your photo or video so we can post it for you.
Let's make sure politicians hear our voices, on the streets and online, to bring back this crucial protection without anymore delay. If you haven't yet, please take a moment now to sign the petition which gets electronically sent to your local provincial leader and Prime Minister Trudeau.
Together we can protect our communities!
Fight for $15 & Fairness Team
Politicians are looking the other way while more workers die from COVID-19 every week. We must come together to pressure them to put our health ahead of business profits.
While many businesses in Ontario (including retail stores with street-front entrances and all construction sites) will be allowed to open their doors as of Tuesday, Premier Ford offered no real assurances for keeping workers safe -- other than telling us to stay home if we’re sick.
The reality is, far too many workers cannot afford to follow this basic advice. Let’s not forget that it was the Ford government that cancelled the very legislation that had given every Ontario worker 2 paid sick days per year. The pandemic has proven how deadly it can be when workers living paycheck to paycheck cannot take time off when ill. We need paid sick days for ALL so everyone can stay home today if they have symptoms, instead of having to forego income for 14 days to be eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.
Paid sick leave saves lives! We need at least 7 paid sick days on a permanent basis and an additional 14 during public health outbreaks to protect our communities -- especially while more people are getting called back to their workplaces.
Register to join the May 21 Day of Action for 21 paid sick days for ALL, sign up here. On Thursday May 21, we will be speaking out online and offline to demand this essential protection for all workers, visit our website to learn how you can participate.
Invite friends and co-workers to join us on May 21: Share the event on Facebook (click here) to invite others to join you. Or print May 21 posters to hang in your local grocery store or leaflets to slip in your neighbours' mailboxes (download them here).
- Show your support for paid sick days: Choose from several posters celebrating our superhero frontline workers to show your support for paid sick days for ALL -- print and post them everywhere you can! www.15andfairness.org/resources
Join our next online organizing meeting on Tuesday, May 26 (sign up here) to be a part of the solution. And if you have any questions about the right to refuse unsafe work or accessing income supports during the pandemic, tune into our online workshop on Thursday, May 28 (register here).
Thanks for your ongoing support! If you are in a position to do so, please consider making a donation (click here) to help us organize more online meetings, phonebanks and workshops to keep fighting for these important rights.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a bold pronouncement:
"... if you are risking your health to keep this country moving and you're still making minimum wage, you deserve a raise."
We couldn't agree more.
But if the Prime Minister truly believes this, he should lead by example to permanently raise the federal minimum wage and implement an adequate number of paid sick days for all federally-regulated workers.
Unfortunately, none of the provinces have agreed to raise the minimum wage. Right now, hundreds of thousands of minimum wage workers are earning sub-poverty wages while risking their health and safety to provide the goods and services the rest of us depend on.
We welcome the long-overdue wage increases for Ontario's health, long-term care sectors, and social services, AND we believe everyone deserves decent wages - now and forever.
The COVID-19 crisis has exposed the intolerable wages and working conditions of the workers we need most: cleaners, educators, delivery workers, farm workers, child care workers, security guards, garbage collectors, drivers, health providers, grocery store workers, and more. We can't wait until after the crisis to demand better for the workers who need protection now.
Organize NOW for a decent work future
We are excited to announce a special organizing meeting co-sponsored by the Ontario Federation of Labour and the Fight for $15 and Fairness next Tuesday. Let's continue to bring union and non-union workers together!
Paid sick days for all!
If New York State can do it - so can we!
Last month, the state of New York adopted legislation providing up to 8 paid sick days annually - and permanently - for employees across the state. These days are ON TOP of the 14 days of paid sick days already implemented to address the COVID-19 crisis.
Studies in the United States shows paid sick/emergency leave policies dramatically reduce the spread of contagious illnesses and save millions in health care costs and productivity losses.
Every province and the federal government should make 7 or more paid sick days a matter of law. And in times of outbreaks, all workers - union and non-union alike - should get an additional 14 paid days. Refusing to act now puts every one of us at risk and increases health care costs.
May 21 - Day of Action for 21 Paid Emergency Leave Days!
We need at least 7 paid days permanently and an additional 14 during a pandemic. That means workers need 21 paid days right now!
Our April 21 Day of Action to demand paid emergency leave for all was a big success. (Click here to to see a great video put together by Chelsea, an Ottawa-based $15 and Fairness fighter.)
At our most recent $15 & Fairness online organizing meeting in April, we agreed to build on this momentum by taking action again on May 21 to demand an adequate number of paid sick leave days be enshrined in law. It should be a basic protection for all of us.
For even more inspiration, artist and $15 and Fairness activist Michael DeForge designed some beautiful posters - in colour and in black and white. Visit our resources page here to download them.
We can use these designs to promote our May 21 actions:
- Make your own poster promoting a group or neighbourhood action,
- Print them as is and post them in your neighbourhood or around your transit routes, or
- Use them for your profile pic, for selfies, and more.
Special Webinar: Workplace rights during COVID-19
We continue to work with the Workers' Action Centre to host free, online info sessions about workplace rights, access to income supports, and other workplace issues. But we are excited to announce Progress Toronto is co-sponsoring our next session!
Got an issue? Call the Workers' Action Centre
Remember, you can call the Workers' Action Centre any time for free, confidential advice on a workplace issue, or for questions navigating government programs.
Support is available regardless of immigration status and in any language. Please mention which language you need when you leave a message.
- Calls from within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA): 416-531-0778
- Calls from outside the GTA are Toll-free: 1-855-531-0778
-- the Fight for $15 & Fairness Team
Are you ready to make some noise on Tuesday evening, April 21, to win 21 paid sick days for ALL workers? Sign up now to add your support (click here)!
The biggest thanks we can give frontline workers is to make sure they have protections and decent pay. Every day, between 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm communities clap and bang pots to thank essential workers. Tomorrow (Tuesday) we need your help to speak out for 21 paid emergency days: at least 7 paid emergency leave days and an additional 14 days whenever there is an outbreak. Are you in? Sign up here!
HOW TO GET IN ON THE ACTION:
From your window, front porch, balcony or social media account, join us between 7 and 8 PM on Tuesday to demand essential protections for all workers. Here are some tips:
- Print our sign or make your own! Click here to download the "All workers need PAID sick leave" sign, then post it in your window or on your door!
- Chant to have your voice heard. Here's a little inspiration: "Time to rest, time to heal, we all deserve a better deal!" "7, 14, 21 - Paid sick days let's get 'em done!" "What do we want? Paid sick days! When do we want them? NOW!"
- Call the Premier at 416-325-1941 to demand Doug Ford take action now so every worker has the ability to stay home when they are sick. If you need TTY (TeleTypewriting), dial: 1-800-387-5559.
- Chalk your neighbourhood. Get some chalk and hit the sidewalks, courtyards, or cement walls around your apartment or neighbourhood.
POST ONLINE: SHOW YOUR SUPPORT!
- Take a selfie or video, and post online! Use the hashtags #PaidSickLeaveSavesLives #COVID19Canada #15andFairness so we can all help share them! We'll be monitoring Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to amplify your photos / videos. Not on any social media? Email us your photos, we'll post them for you!
- Ask your friends and neighbours to join our campaign! They can sign up and sign the petition at www.15andFairness.org
- Spread the word! Share the graphic below to invite your network to join you in taking action between 7:00 and 8:00 pm on Tuesday, April 21 (they can sign up here.)
Thank you for your support! Let's make sure that security guards, grocery store workers, child care workers, taxi and Uber drivers, delivery workers, cleaners, and personal support workers are NOT alone!
Together, we can win these essential protections for ALL.
Both Premier Ford and Prime Minister Trudeau love calling frontline workers superheroes. But when it comes to protecting them by providing paid sick days, we get radio silence.
Too many workers who keep us clean, fed and healthy, have NO paid sick days or health benefits. Nurses, cleaners, paramedics, garbage and grocery store workers put their lives on the line every day, with no financial ability to stay home if they have symptoms.
Make some noise for frontline workers:
Take action on April 21 to demand paid sick days for ALL! (Sign up here)
We're stepping up our demands: time for 21 days of paid emergency leave! We've long called for at least 7 paid sick days as a basic, permanent right for all workers (federal and provincial). But it's crystal clear now that during outbreaks -- which are becoming increasingly common -- workers need an additional 14 paid days to be able to follow the advice of health professionals.
On April 21, help us amplify the demand for 21 paid emergency leave days as an essential part of the government's response to the COVID-19 crisis. Here's how:
- Help spread the word that on April 21, we are calling for 21 paid emergency leave days for everyone. Click here to sign up or click here to spread the word on Facebook.
- Sign and share this petition at 15andFairness.org to win paid emergency leave and decent work for everyone.
- Make some noise in the evening of April 21 along with your neighbours! Download this window sign (click here) or make your own! Snap a selfie or video to capture your support - then share them on social media using the hashtags #PaidSickLeaveSavesLives #COVID19Canada #15andFairness
Every evening across Canada, communities clap, drum, sing, and bang pots and pans to show their appreciation for frontline staff, from health workers to garbage collectors, and from grocery store employees to delivery workers. These are the people making it possible for others to stay home.
Isn't it time for them - for all of us - to count on an adequate number of paid emergency leave days each and every year?
Ask your Qs: Weekly Workers' Rights Webinars
Just a reminder that we have partnered with the Workers' Action Centre to provide weekly workers' rights webinars every Thursday evening at 7:00 pm (you can join online or dial-in).
The next webinar will take place on April 23 at 7:00 pm, click here to register now. You can also share the event on Facebook here to invite friends, family, and co-workers, or forward this email to them.
We're organizing #online
Missed our first $15 and Fairness online organizing meeting last week? Don't worry! We're meeting every two weeks on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm. And the great news is that you can join online or by phone.
For your calendar: Following $15 and Fairness organizing meetings are scheduled at 7:00 pm for May 12 and May 26.
In response to today's news about 1 million job losses across Canada during March, we are more determined than ever to grow our grassroots power to protect our communities during these devastating times.
Read on to learn how you can take action against the health and economic consequences of COVID-19.
Join our $15 & Fairness #online organizing meeting!
We're taking our organizing meetings online, join us every other Tuesday, starting April 14, at 7:00 PM to share what we've learned so far, and strategize about the road ahead. (Click here to register now).
In Ontario and across Canada the Fight for $15 and Fairness has been central in winning -- and improving -- the emergency income supports we all need to survive. But we know there is much more to be done!
Register by clicking here to receive the webinar log-in details (you can join online or dial in). Please add the upcoming meeting dates to your calendar: April 28, May 12 and May 26 and invite friends on Facebook (click here).
Our virtual organizing meeting will be an excellent opportunity to connect with other $15 & Fairness supporters from across the province, and re-establish the regular meeting routine that was happening locally.
Weekly workshops: Workplace rights during COVID-19
Do you have questions about the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)? Are you feeling scared to go to work?
Because so many workers are desperately needing accessible, accurate information about our rights during this crisis, we've committed to holding online Know Your Rights workshops every week together with the Workers' Action Centre. Our workshops focus on workers' rights in Ontario and take place on Thursdays at 7:00 pm -- sign up for tonight (register here for April 9) or reserve your spot for next week (register here for April 16) to have your questions answered!
After signing up on our website, you will immediately receive the log-in details for the workshop with options to join online or dial in! Help us spread the word by inviting your co-workers and friends: click here to share on Facebook or forward this email.
If you miss the webinar, but have a problem at work or questions about accessing CERB, call the Workers' Action Centre's confidential help line for advice. Here are the numbers:
- Toll free outside the Greater Toronto Area 1-855-531-0778
- Greater Toronto Area: (416) 531-0778.
Keep fighting for $500 in weekly support for everyone!
We really need to keep calling federal politicians to ensure everyone is treated fairly. Right now, the new emergency benefit requires workers to be without income for 14 consecutive days. Workers who may still be required to work a few hours per week but who have lost most of their income, cannot qualify for CERB. And we still need to ensure workers without a valid Social Insurance Number are also able to access these crucial income supports. Immigration status should not be a barrier!
Help demand fairness for ALL. Please call cabinet now (click here)
- During the pandemic, we can’t protect anyone without protecting everyone.
- We must ALL have at least $500 per week in income support ($2,000 per month), regardless of our immigration status, work experience, tax history, or whether we were already receiving Employment Insurance benefits before March 15.
- Those of us who have lost hours, are students, seasonal workers or have lost one of our part-time jobs, also need at least $500 per week in income.
Paid emergency leave: If not now, when?
Click here to listen to the eye-opening CBC interview with Deena Ladd of the Workers' Action Centre, where she explains exactly how weaknesses in labour protections continue to put workers in danger.
Indeed, it is absolutely shocking to learn just how many workers who are keeping us clean, fed, and cared for have NO paid sick days, even though they are putting themselves in harm's way to protect us all.
Whether it's cleaners ensuring the spaces we use are clean and sanitized, long-term care workers tending to seniors, transportation workers keeping our supply chains moving, grocery store workers keeping shelves stocked, or nurses on the frontlines delivering health care, this situation cannot continue. Everyone needs at least 7 days of paid sick leave on a permanent basis and an additional 14 days during outbreaks. Click here to send an email right now to demand essential protections for our essential workers.
Know your rights: Webinar back by popular demand!
Last week we had our first COVID-19 Know Your Rights at Work online workshop together with the Workers' Action Centre and it was a real success! In fact, in response to the overwhelming demand we'll be running it again. Register now (click here), to join us on Thursday, April 2 at 7:00 pm.
After signing up on our website, you will immediately receive the log-in details for Thursday's webinar. If you have friends and coworkers who may be interested, please invite them on Facebook or share this page with them.
Help everyone get at least $500 in weekly support!
Collective action works: the fact we even have an emergency fund is a testament to your effort!
As we learned last week, the federal government is simplifying the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to make it available to more people -- in response to public pressure.
This is progress, but we can't stop mobilizing now. Call cabinet now (click here) to demand these supports for ALL!
There are still two big problems that must be addressed:
Workers getting EI now are only getting 55% of previous income. This is a disaster for people who had been earning minimum wage or working part-time. We need to insist that everyone currently getting Employment Insurance (EI) benefits get topped up to at least $500 weekly to have the same minimum supports as those on CERB. As it stands, workers already receiving EI, can't apply for CERB until their EI benefits run out -- and this could be several weeks or even months. We all need at least $500 a week in income supports right now.
- There doesn't yet appear to be a way for workers without Social Insurance Numbers to get income support. These workers are in really desperate situations and need help now. Without protection, too many people will be forced to work in unsafe conditions or while sick.
- During the pandemic, we can’t protect anyone without protecting everyone. We must ALL have at least $500 per week in income support ($2,000 per month), either through the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit or through Employment Insurance.
- All of us need this minimum income support, regardless of our immigration status, work experience, tax history, or whether we are currently receiving EI benefits (which only provide 55% of our part-time or minimum wage earnings).
- Those of us forced into the informal economy need the same minimum $500 in weekly support.
Will you talk to 2 more people?
If you have called already, would you help us get 2 more people to make the call? Share this link: 15andfairness.org/covid19_callcabinet
By reaching out personally to 2 other friends, family members or co-workers and asking them to make a phone call, you could expand our reach dramatically. And since you have already made the call, you'll be in a good position to explain how to do it and to walk them through process.
In addition, if you haven't done so already, take a moment to call your member of parliament to deliver the same message. Click here to find your MP.
We have every reason to believe we can win an EI top up and supports for other vulnerable workers who are currently excluded from the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.
But it won't happen unless many more of us speak up.
Call cabinet now (click here)! This phoning tool we've set up with the Migrant Rights Network will directly connect you to the voicemail of a Federal Minister so you can easily leave a message.
The Fight for $15 and Fairness continues to call for 21 paid emergency leave days for all workers (7 paid days permanently and an additional 14 paid days during pandemics) and for a dramatic improvement in access to -- and the amount of support provided by -- Employment Insurance. The full list of permanent and emergency measures necessary to protect workers can be accessed here in English and accessed here in French.
-- the Fight for $15 & Fairness Team