November 12, 2018

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click of a button (if you'd like, you can easily customize the letter and add your personal take on why Bill 47 must be repealed).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
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2 Weeks to Organize: UofT Meeting & Letter Writing
Monday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM - 720 Spadina Ave Unit 223
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Wednesday, November 14th
Peel $15 and Fairness Outreach
Wednesday, 8:00AM - 9AM - Brampton Gateway Terminal, 501 Main St S
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Emergency Phonebanking for $15 & Fairness
Wednesday, 5:30PM - 8:00PM, 720 Spadina Ave Unit 223
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Thursday, November 15th
Brantford Transit Canvass
Thursday, 9:00AM - 10:00AM, Brantford Transit Terminal, 64 Darling St
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Brantford's Fight for $15 and Fairness Canvassing
Thursday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM, RCW Lobby, 154 Dalhousie St
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York Region Town Hall - $15 and Fairness
Thursday, 4:00PM - 7:00PM - CUPE 905 Hall, 165 Pony Drive
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The People's Hearings on Bill 47: Speak out for fairness!
Thursday, 1:30PM - 3:30PM - 1580 Merivale Rd
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Markham & Ellesmere Mainstreeting
Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:00PM - Intersection of Markham and Ellesmere
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Flu Fighter Outreach
Thursday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM - Corner of College St & University Ave
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$15 and Fairness Blitz at York Lanes
Thursday, 12:30PM - 2:30PM - York Lanes Mall, 4700 Keele St
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Bill 47 "Mock Committee" Public Hearings
Thursday, 12:30PM - 1:00PM - Queens Park, 111 Wellesley St W
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Spadina and Bloor Blitz
Thursday, 5:30PM - 7:00PM - Spadina and Bloor intersection
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Friday, November 16th
WE are the People - Rally against Doug Ford
Friday, 5:30PM - 7:00PM - Toronto Congress Centre, 650 Dixon Rd
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Sunday, November 18th
Toronto Santa Claus Parade Outreach
Sunday, 11:30AM - 1:00PM - College and University Intersection
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Monday, November 19th
Getting to Work: Organizing against Climate and Labour Precarity
Monday, 5:00PM - 8:00PM, 720 Spadina Ave Unit 223
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Tuesday, November 20th
Toronto Wide Organizing Meeting
Tuesday, 5:30PM - 8:30PM, 720 Spadina Ave Unit 223
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