May 01, 2019

Together, we resist. Together, we win.

Between the Ford government’s relentless attacks on public services, global rise in hate crimes and environmental catastrophes, it can become easy to forget the strength of our collective power. But, that would be a mistake.

From the right to vote, to access to universal health care to a $14 minimum wage, the hard-fought gains we benefit from today are all thanks to people who organized against the odds. In fact, many exciting organizing initiatives are happening right now that we want you to know about:

  • Bike and food couriers organize for $15 & Fairness
    Learn more, visit: www.foodstersunited.ca -- This morning couriers working for Foodora, the international app-giant for food delivery, announced they will fight to unionize and win $15 & Fairness. Because Foodora misclassifies them as “independent contractors”, these workers currently don’t have access to even the most basic labour protections such as sick days or employment insurance. If these workers are successful, it will be a breakthrough in organizing for workers in the “gig economy” and a huge step forward in the fight for decent work. Let’s do everything we can to make sure they win. Email Foodora right now at support@foodora.ca to speak out for these workers (and don't forget to cc campaign organizers at info@foodstersunited.ca). 

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  • #UniteAgainstRacism so no worker is left behind
    Learn more, visit: https://migrantrights.ca/may1 -- Governments are the ones who are responsible for cutting public services and legislating poverty-level wages to please corporate lobbyists, NOT migrants or refugees. Join us in rejecting the divide between migrant, immigrant, undocumented people and citizens, and assert that we are all workers. Together, we must insist that no worker be left behind. Today, find a local event for International Workers Day, and show up with this placard. Then take a photo of yourself with it & share on social media with #UniteAgainstRacism.

  • Legal Aid Ontario lawyers organize to stop the cuts
    Visit
    www.stoplegalaidcuts.ca/ to email your MPP now -- The Ford government’s $30 million cut to legal aid is an assault on the poorest members of our communities. The hardest hit will be Ontario’s most vulnerable people, including women fleeing domestic violence, refugees fleeing life-threatening persecution, and innocent people facing prison because they can’t afford a lawyer. Access to justice should be a right for ALL!

Today, on International Workers’ Day, we want you, {{recipient.first_name_or_friend}}, to double-down on your commitment to help build workers’ collective power. Scroll below to find an action near you!

May 1
TORONTO, We Love Workers at UofT! #MayDay
Wednesday, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM - Sidney Smith Hall, University of Toronto
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MISSISSAUGA, TAWC - 2019 YYZ May Day Street Festival
Wednesday, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM - Pearson Airport, Terminal 1 Departures 
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HAMILTON, International Workers' Day March
Wednesday, 3:30 PM - 9:00 PM - Gore Park
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BRACEBRIDGE, No Workers Left Behind Rally
Wednesday, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM - MPP Norm Millers Bracebridge Office (165 Manitoba St)
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TORONTO, Toronto May 1 International Workers' Day Rally
Wednesday, 5:00 PM - Nathan Philips Square
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NORTH BAY, $15 And Fairness Strategy Meeting
Wednesday, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM - UNIFOR 103 Office (107 Sherriff Ave, Suite 102B)
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OTTAWA, Workers Cabaret: Resistance Is Beautiful
Wednesday, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM - Arts Court
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May 2
SCARBOROUGH, Scarborough Decent Work Outreach
Thursday, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM - McDonalds by Kingston Rd and Lawrence Ave
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May 4
ETOBICOKE, Etobicoke-Lakeshore $15 and Fairness Outreach
Saturday, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM - The Sydney Grind (2883 Lakeshore Blvd W)
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May 5
MISSISSAUGA, Malton Nagar Kirtan Parade Outreach
Sunday, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Sri Guru Singh Sabha (7280 Airport Rd)
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May 7
TORONTO, Toronto-Wide Organizing Meeting
Tuesday, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM - 720 Spadina Ave Unit223
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May 8
TORONTO, Tea and Data-Entry Party
Wednesday, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM - 720 Spadina Ave Unit 223
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May 11
TORONTO, West Toronto outreach at Spring Into Parkdale
Saturday, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM - Roncesvalles Ave and Queen St W
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May 13
KINGSTON, Kingston Organizing Meeting
Monday, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM - Coffee Way Donuts
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