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$15 & Fairness

Dear Members of the $15 & Fairness Provincial Mobilization Network,

This is just a note to let you know that our next provincial teleconference will take place on Monday, January 14, 2019. We will aim to stick with our schedule of meeting the 2nd Monday of each month. Typically, our teleconferences take 90 minutes. For the past couple of years, we have convened these monthly calls at 5:00 pm, however, I’d like to take a moment to see if any of you would prefer a later start time. Please fill this quick form (click here) by Friday, December 21 to let us know what time works best for you going forward.

After Bill 47: What we won and why we keep fighting

In response to numerous requests, we have created a short briefing note that takes stock of all the labour law reforms we have collectively won and protected. You can download the document here, and share it within your networks or at upcoming meetings. Although Bill 47 is undeniably a setback to our decent work agenda, the commitment and resilience you have shown is a testament to the strength of our growing movement. Thanks to you, we are much stronger now than we were two years ago.

Announcing: Feet on the Ground Program in 2019

To continue defending the rights of our communities, it is absolutely crucial that we stay mobilized. This is why we are very excited to share the news that the Workers’ Action Centre will be offering its Feet on the Ground training program for the year 2019! **Applications are due by January 14, 2019 so that interviews can take place in late January 2019.**

As you may know, this training program offers labour, campus, and community-based organizations an incredible opportunity to invest in the leadership skills of their members and make a crucial contribution to winning $15 and Fairness for ALL. This has been instrumental in building our networks across Ontario and we are thrilled that it is available again in the year ahead. Not only will this program allow us to build on the momentum we have already created, but it will open up organizing possibilities in new communities across the province.

The Feet on the Ground training program is oriented to building grassroots engagement in the fight for better wages and working conditions. As such, it is perfectly suitable for unions, students’ unions, community groups, and other faith-based or social justice organizations that are committed to supporting workers’ as they organize for decent work.

  • This 36 week program will run from late February to the end of November at $8,340 per person. This includes a monthly honourarium, ongoing mentoring, in-person trainings, organizing expenses, and much more.
  • If you are interested in sponsoring a leader in your workplace, community, union, campus, or organization, please click here for more details.
  • The Workers’ Action Centre has a limited number of full scholarships available for individuals who want to participate in the program. Click here for more details, and click here to download the application form.
  • It is possible to co-sponsor a participant with other like-minded organizations and I would be happy to talk this through with you to think about possibilities. Please email me back here or call me at 416-578-3472.
  • Finally, if your organization is willing to offer a scholarship to support those in communities with fewer financial resources, please let us know right away. Every contribution will help expand this program to include as many people as possible.

Download our new leaflets and posters

We know the Ford government took away important protections from millions of Ontario workers, despite overwhelming public opposition. In the upcoming weeks and months, let’s make sure no one forgets the harm that has been done.

To support you in your outreach efforts, we have created new riding specific leaflets and posters. Click here to download and circulate them. **This material is currently available for 20 Conservative MPPs, and more will be added soon**

Pam Frache,
Coordinator of the Fight for $15 & Fairness

Fight for $15 and Fairness
http://www.15andfairness.org/

 

 

 

Wlufa, as you know, the Ford government passed Bill 47 on November 21, 2018, despite overwhelming public opposition to the bill and by ignoring all evidence in support of stronger labour laws.

While Premier Ford rolled back significant improvements we had won last year with Bill 148, we succeeded in protecting many gains that will make a real difference in workers’ lives. This is thanks to you and thousands of others taking action!

Please read below to learn more about the reforms we’ve collectively protected by putting up resistance every step of the way:

  1. $14 minimum wage
    Through grassroots organizing we raised Ontario’s adult general minimum wage to $14 (from $11.60). This accomplishment transfers $3.4 billion from corporate profit to workers’ pockets – each and every year.
  2. Indexation
    Even though the minimum wage will be frozen again until October 1, 2020, we preserved future annual cost of living adjustments that will help prevent the minimum wage from falling further below the poverty line. This is an important win, considering the fact that each year that prices rise and wages don’t, workers experience a cut in their earning power.
  3. Job-protected emergency leave for all
    Before the $15 & Fairness campaign, 1.7 million workers did not have job security if they had to leave a shift due to illness, family emergency or other unplanned urgent situation. At the time, existing job-protected emergency leave only applied to workplaces with 50 or more workers. As a result, workers in smaller workplaces found themselves facing job loss or discipline if they had to deal with an emergency.Although the Ford government has reduced the overall number of job-protected days and restricted their use with Bill 47, we have been able to defend the access to these emergency days by all workers – regardless of the size of their employer. This provides protection for nearly 2 million workers in smaller (and often more precarious) workplaces.
  4. Misclassification still illegal under the law
    Misclassification is the term used to describe employers who wrongly classify their workers as independent contractors instead of employees. When this happens, workers lose their employment rights under the law and they also lose access to Employment Insurance, Canada Pension Plan, and more. Under Bill 148, misclassification became explicitly prohibited in Ontario.
    While Bill 47 puts the onus on the worker to prove misclassification, it still retains the prohibition under the Act.
  5. Better protections for temporary agency workers:–  In 2013 we won better protection for temp agency workers when wages go unpaid.Both the temp agency and the client company are held responsible for any unpaid wages, overtime or public holiday pay. This important protection remains.

    –  Temp agency workers continue to be entitled to notice or pay in lieu of notice if a contract that was supposed to last at least three months is terminated early.
    We have retained this modest, but important penalty for employers who disregard the rights of temp agency workers.

    –  Joint responsibility for workplace health and safety.
    Prior to our campaign, corporations used temp agencies as a way to avoid their obligations under the workers’ compensation and health and safety acts. In other words, because the temp agency is considered to be the official employer of temp agency workers, the client company was not legally or financially responsible for workplace accidents.In 2018, due to public pressure, the government finally moved to hold client companies (where temp agency employees actually work) legally and financially responsible for injury and accident costs and liability under workers’ compensation. This protects temp agency workers and removes an important financial incentive for employers to use agency workers in the first place. We’ve retained this change.
  6. Limited protections against contract flipping
    We’ve kept the Bill 148 provision that protects workers when a building services contract expires and a new contract is awarded to a different service provider.This protection against contract flipping applies to cleaning, security, and food service contracts so that, in the event that an existing contract expires, the wage, working conditions and union protections previously in place are extended to the workers employed by the new service provider.
  7. Three weeks paid vacation after 5 years
    We protected the right to an extra week of paid vacation, after five years with the same employer, which we had won with Bill 148.
  8. Domestic violence leave
    Domestic or sexual violence leave is a job-protected leave of absence that we won with Bill 148 and maintained. It provides up to 10 days and 15 weeks in a calendar year of time off to be taken for specific purposes when an employee or an employee’s child has experienced or been threatened with domestic or sexual violence. The first five days of leave taken in a calendar year are paid, and the rest are unpaid.
  9. A stronger, more united movement
    Our movement has fundamentally changed the conversation about workplace rights.
    77% of Ontarians support paid sick leave and a majority of Ontarians support equal pay for equal work, fairer scheduling rules and greater access to union protections. In fact, two-thirds of Ontarians – including over 60% of small business owners and 42% of Conservative voters – support a $15 minimum wage.When workers fight for these rights in the workplace now, they are going to have more public support. This lays the foundation for strong collective bargaining campaigns for unionized workers. It will also help non-unionized workers fight wrongful dismissal when employers try to roll back wage increases and paid sick days that are in place.

But perhaps our most important achievement is the exponential growth of our decent work movement across Ontario with roots in diverse communities, campuses, workplaces, and neighbourhoods.

By building on this momentum, there is no doubt we are going to be much better situated to make $15 and Fairness a reality for every worker in Ontario.

Please join us in the upcoming days to celebrate our collective hard work and stay organized to hold the Ford government to account for their betrayal to the people of Ontario.

See below for events happening next week, and visit our website regularly to see the latest listings.

Saturday, December 8th
TORONTO
A Celebration of Resistance
Saturday, 7:00PM – 10:00PM – ETFO Provincial Office, 136 Isabella St
Please RSVP or share on Facebook

Monday, December 10th
HAMILTON
Keep Fighting for $15: Beyond Bill 47 Organizing meeting
Monday, 6:00PM – 8:00PM – ATU Local 107, 1005 King St E
Please RSVP or share on Facebook

Monday, December 10th to 14th (Week of Action)

ONTARIO WIDE
Workers’ Comp is a Right! Provincial Week of Action
Actions all week across Ontario from Toronto to Thunder Bay
Please RSVP or share on Facebook

Tuesday, December 11th
OTTAWA
Holiday Social and Strategy Session
Tuesday, 6:30PM – 8:00PM – Fox and Feather Pub and Grill, 283 Elgin Street
Please RSVP or share on Facebook

Saturday, December 15th
BRAMPTON
Brampton Social: Celebration of Resistance
Saturday, 1:00PM – 3:00PM – Central PS Community Centre, 24 Alexander St
Please RSVP or share on Facebook

Fight for $15 and Fairness
http://www.15andfairness.org/

 

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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.
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We are outraged, Wlufa. 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.
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.

Thank you Wlufa, for every email you sent, every action you attended, every post you shared, every leaflet you handed out and every poster you put up. You 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.

Fight for $15 and Fairness
http://www.15andfairness.org/

 

 

Big Business over people — that’s what the Ford Government will be telling Ontarians tomorrow, if Bill 47 passes the final vote at the provincial legislature. Wlufa, can you help us send an urgent message? Click here to take action. Every Member of Provincial Parliament (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.
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Please call a Cabinet Minister now, and ask them to vote against Bill 47. Click here to use this easy online tool — it only takes a minute — to leave a message directly with a Cabinet Minister! If you are able to, you can also call your own MPP — find their number by entering your postal code here. Please call now to speak out for the needs of millions of workers.

There is no doubt that Bill 47 will put the health and lives of our communities at risk. If passed, this dangerous legislation 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, scrap equal pay for equal work rules and roll back most of our new labour rights.

If you are in Toronto, help us 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. *** However, the Ford government may try to avoid public scrutiny while they vote on Bill 47 by changing the timing of the debate at the last minute, please RSVP (click here) and watch your email so we can keep you updated *** Join us inside the legislature as early as possible between 3:00 and 6:00 pm, we’ll meet at the cafeteria in the basement (be sure to bring along a government issued photo ID to pass through security).

Also happening tomorrow, immediately after the Bill 47 vote, is the Toronto $15 & Fairness Assembly to debrief, assess, and plan the next phase of resistance. No matter where you are in Ontario, you can tune-in to this conversation at 7:00 PM tomorrow via the $15 & Fairness Facebook page.

  • If you are in Toronto, join the Assembly at 720 Spadina Ave, Suite 223 (near Spadina subway station) on Tuesday
    Doors open & snacks served – 6:30 PM
    Meeting & live stream will begin – 7:00 PM
    Click here to let us know you’ll be there – Click to share on Facebook
  • If you are in Ottawa, join the Assembly at 25One Community (251 Bank St), Blue Room (2nd floor) on Tuesday
    Meeting begins – 7:00 PM
    Click here to let us know you’ll be there – Click to share on Facebook
  • If you are in Brantford, join the Assembly at the Brantford and District Labour Centre (1100 Clarence St S) on Tuesday
    Meeting begins – 8:30 PM
    Click here to let us know you’ll be there – Click to share on Facebook
  • Other cities will be hosting local assemblies over the next week. York Region has already called for an assembly in Newmarket for Monday, November 26 (click here to sign up). More cities will be announced, watch this space for updates.

Let’s remember that Premier Doug Ford and his government have NO MANDATE to roll back our rights (click to read our Bill 47 analysis). More than three-quarters (77%) of Ontarians, including 64% of Progressive Conservatives, oppose the elimination of paid sick days (source: Campaign Research poll). The fact that the government is willing to ignore the public will, despite overwhelming medical evidence in support of sick days, goes to show how much power corporate lobby groups have over the Ford government.

Wlufa, this is not over! With your help we will keep organizing until we win $15 & Fairness for all.

Fight for $15 and Fairness
http://www.15andfairness.org/

 

Wlufa,

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. Wlufa, 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

Fight for $15 and Fairness
http://www.15andfairness.org/

Dear Members of the Provincial Mobilization Network,

We have just learned that Bill 47 will be going for a final vote on Tuesday. We want to invite you all to an emergency teleconference at 6:00 pm on Monday, November 19,  to prepare ourselves for the final reading of the Bill.

Here’s the dial-in information:

  • Dial-in: 1-866-640-1034
  • Participant Code: 610-676-7510
  • (don’t forget to follow the prompts and add the # sign!)

As we understand, this is the process for Bill 47:

  1. On Monday, Bill 47 will be reviewed “clause by clause” at the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. This is when amendments will be considered. The Committee meets from 9:00 am to 10:15 am and again from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm (voting on all amendments will begin at 5:30 pm, so we will already know the lay of the land in time for our 6:00 pm teleconference).
  2. On Tuesday, Bill 47 will be sent to the Legislative Assembly and debate will begin at 3:00 pm. Time allotted for debate is as follows: 50 minutes for Conservatives, 40 minutes for NDP, 15 minutes for Liberals, 15 minutes for Green Party. That means the vote could take place as early as 5:00 pm.

For those in the Toronto area, we want your help to pack the gallery on Tuesday (November 20) for this final vote. That means participants must arrive at Queen’s Park no later than 4:30 pm in order to get through security and get seated in the gallery.

That same evening (November 20), the Workers’ Action Centre will host an Assembly for the Fight for $15 and Fairness in the GTA at 7:00 pm (doors will open at 6:30 pm). Together, we can debrief, assess, and plan the next phase of resistance.

Those outside of Toronto are invited to join us via Facebook Live. If you are able to host your own local assemblies on Tuesday evening, you might consider tuning in for the first 30 or 40 minutes of our meeting (via Facebook Live), then disconnect so that you can debrief and plan future resistance with your own networks. If you aren’t able to host a local meeting on Tuesday, consider planning one for a future date. The Facebook live feed will still be available as a video to watch when you are ready to convene your local assembly. But we strongly urge you to organize your Assemblies as soon as you can so that we can all be prepared to intervene and challenge the Conservative spin that will likely be in full swing after the vote on Bill 47.

ATTENTION!
We will be sending out a province-wide email blast on Monday at 2:00 pm and we would like to include as many events and Assemblies as we can in that email. We need the details of your Assembly by 11:00 am on Monday, November 19, to be able to include your event in the email blast. 

Please RSVP to let us know whether we should expect you on the Monday, November 19 teleconference call at 6:00 pm.

As an aside, we are still getting emails every day from new people wanting to join this fight, so we are going to be well situated to keep our resistance going. That our movement continues to grow and gain strength is a testament to all your incredible work and we should feel very proud.

If any of you are doing outreach at Santa Claus parades this weekend, click here for our recently updated songbook of workers’ carols.

-Pam

Fight for $15 and Fairness
http://www.15andfairness.org/

Wlufa,
Today, a government committee will spend just five (5) hours hearing from Ontarians about a law that will harm millions of workers across Ontario. This is why we need to expose today’s “consultation” for what it is: a complete sham.

TAKE ACTION
Click here to tell Premier Ford: Withdraw Bill 47!

The hearing Ford government is putting on today is an utterly empty gesture; no effort was made to reach beyond the Greater Toronto Area and only about 20 people will have their voices heard. This is in stark contrast to the years of deliberations, multiple rounds of consultations in communities across Ontario, and sound academic research that resulted in the labour law reforms we now benefit from. Don’t let this government get away with rolling our rights back. 

Please join an action in your community (scroll below), or amplify our message online. We’ll tweet about the hearings throughout the day, follow along and add your voice by using the hashtags #WithdrawBill47 and #15andFairness. You can also watch the committee hearings live (click here between 9:00 am to 10:00 am, and again between 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm).

Despite the government’s best efforts to limit public input on this dangerous bill, opposition is growing! A poll released this week shows that 77% of Ontarians — including 64% of Conservative voters — oppose Ford’s efforts to scrap 2 paid sick days (source). Yet Bill 47 would not only eliminate our two (2) paid sick days, it would also cut our UNPAID! sick days and bring back sick notes.
If Bill 47 makes you sick, share this.
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Let there be no doubt, Bill 47 is a public health threat. Despite all the medical evidence showing paid sick days are good for the health of workers and our communities, Ontario’s Health and Long-Term Care Minister Christine Elliott has shockingly reaffirmed her support for Bill 47. Does the Health Minister really prefer to waste valuable healthcare $$s by getting doctors to write unnecessary sick notes, is she prepared to put all of us at risk of contagion by forcing sick workers into medical waiting rooms (and onto public transit)?

Let’s make sure to raise our voices today, on the streets and online, to let everyone know about the dangerous consequences of Bill 47 (read our backgrounder here). If you haven’t done so yet, there is still time for you to send a letter to all the members of the Standing Committee that will be reviewing Bill 47 today. Please click here right now to send your letter, it takes only a minute.

Scroll down to find an action near you (or click here):

Thursday, November 15th

BRANTFORD
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 (Nepean)
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

ST. CATHARINES
Outreach & Speak-out outside the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce
Thursday, 2:00 – 3:00 PM — 80 King Street
Please RSVP and help us spread the word

ST. THOMAS
Outreach &Speak-out
Thursday, 3:30PM – 4:30 PM – 750 Talbot St
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

Bill 47 “Mock Committee” Public Hearings
Thursday, 12:30PM – 1:00PM – Queens Park, 111 Wellesley St W
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

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

Saturday, November 17th
HAMILTON
Hamilton Santa Claus Parade $15 and Fairness Blitz
Saturday, 4:00PM – 5:00PM – Wilson St and James St North
Please RSVP or share on Facebook

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
Toronto Wide Organizing Meeting
Tuesday, 5:30PM – 8:30PM, 720 Spadina Ave Unit 223
Please RSVP or share on Facebook

Fight for $15 and Fairness
http://www.15andfairness.org/

Wlufa,

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. Wlufa, will 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

Fight for $15 and Fairness
http://www.15andfairness.org/

 

 

Dear Members of the Provincial Mobilization Network,

This is a reminder that our next regularly scheduled teleconference is November 12 at 5:00 pm. It is also an important update on how to make submissions and deputations on Bill 47: Making Ontario Open for Business Act 2018.

As you may know, the government is proposing to send Bill 47 to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs for a mere five (5) hours of “consultations”. The government is not sending the bill to Committee for democratic input. Rather, they are sending the bill to committee as a means of creating another platform for their business friends to spread misinformation. As such, it is unlikely that our voices will be well-represented in this process. Still, the fact they feel the need to amplify the voices of their corporate backers is a sign of weakness, not confidence. They did not take this step for other regressive bills they pushed through.

Nevertheless, we are still encouraging as many people as possible to make requests to make an oral presenation to the committee, to highlight the inadequacy of the process. To make a request to depute, you may contact the Committee Clerk via email: [email protected] or by phone: 416-325-3526. All oral presenation requests must be made by Tuesday, November 13. Those chosen to depute will be notified on November 14 for the hearings that will take place on November 15. If you are selected to depute, please email us right away so that we might coordinate our presentations. 

Just as crucially we need to encourage as many people as possible to send letters to the Committee Clerk endorsing the Fight for $15 and Fairness submissions made by Parkdale Community Legal Services and the Workers’ Action Centre (click here to download) as well as the Ontario Federation of Labour (click here to download). Please send your letter in right away. You can download a template here. Other campaign resources are available here.

As a reminder, more and more actions are being organized every day, so be sure to regularly check our events listing on our website and on Facebook.

Finally, please let us know if you’ll be participating on Monday’s (Nov. 12) teleconference call at 5:00 pm.

All the best,

-Pam

Fight for $15 and Fairness
http://www.15andfairness.org/

Created on: Friday, November 9th, 2018

Last updated on: Friday, December 14th, 2018