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$15 & Fairness

Dear Wlufa,

This is just a reminder that the next PMN Teleconference is scheduled for TONIGHT at 6:00 pm. These teleconferences typically take between 60 and 90 minutes, and are usually scheduled for the 2nd Monday of each month. Please RSVP by replying to this email to let us know whether you can participate.

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!)

Practical tips for participating in the teleconference:

While you are on the call, please mute your line when you are not speaking. To do so, press *6 to mute, then *6 to unmute.

Also, please do not put the teleconference on hold or take another call while still connected to the conference call. This is because your line will beep for the rest of us and make it difficult for us to hear each other for as long as you have us on hold or take another call. If you must interrupt your participation in the teleconference for any reason, it is actually less disruptive for us if you just hang up and dial back in when you are ready. Thanks in advance for your help on this!

Announcing: 2019 Provincial Strategy Meeting Agenda

We’re excited to share with you the preliminary agenda for the February 23 & 24 Provincial Strategy Meeting taking place in Toronto, click here to view it. With limited spaces available, we encourage you to register for one or both days as soon as possible. Click here to register now.

As in previous years, the two-days are going to be packed with panels, workshops and caucus discussions, led by workers and social justice advocates from a wide range of sectors including health, education, organized labour and more! Hope you can join us to take stock of everything we have accomplished over the past year, assess our strengths and map out future actions.

If you’ve already registered, please consider who else from your community, workplace or campus should be at this meeting and invite them! We are not promoting this strategy meeting as a public event per se. Instead, this meeting is for those who have already been playing a leading role in the $15 & Fairness campaign or for those newer folks who are committed to getting more involved in the months ahead.

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Hope to talk to you at 6:00 PM tonight! If you are planning to join the teleconference, please let us know by replying to this email.

Pam & Nil,
on behalf of Fight for $15 & Fairness
http://www.15andfairness.org/

Wlufa,
Following wide-spread reaction from environmental and community groups across Ontario, the provincial government announced last month that it would no longer proceed with Section 10 of Bill 66, which would have opened the door to the destruction of the Greenbelt.Through protests, op-eds in local newspapers, calls and visits to Members of Provincial Parliament, the People of Ontario showed the Ford government that attacks on environmental protection will not be tolerated. We need your help to build on this momentum to get Bill 66 withdrawn in its entirety. Click here to take a quick action on Bill 66.

Workers’ rights are under attack

Unfortunately Bill 66 still contains components that would harm our communities. For example, Bill 66 proposes to repeal the Toxics Reduction Act 2009 (TRA), a law that requires certain industrial facilities to consider ways to reduce the use and emissions of toxic chemicals in their operations. Repealing this act will impact workers’ ability to learn about hazardous chemicals in the workplace and — by extension — in our communities.

Bill 66 would also make it harder for workers to refuse excessive hours of work or receive overtime pay. Moreover, if adopted, this dangerous law would reduce workers’ access to stable pension plans; reduce child care spaces, weaken the rules that ensure child care workers are present in adequate numbers to care for our children and be properly trained; make it harder for trades and labourers in the public sector to get the protection of a union agreement; and more.

At the same time, the government is also weakening the enforcement of existing law. After reducing fines for law breaking employers with Bill 47 last fall, Ford government has now stopped conducting proactive inspections through the Ministry of Labour. Without enforcement, our rights are merely words on paper. Click here to email Premier Ford right now.

Keep fighting for $15 & Fairness

Despite these attacks on our rights, the most recent Ontario job numbers prove what we have been saying all along. Decent work is not only good for our communities but also makes for a stronger economy. After all, when workers have money in their pockets, they spend it.

Contrary to the doomsday predictions of corporate lobbyists, Ontario’s economy added nearly 80,000 jobs last year, mostly due to an increase in full-time work! (Click here to read the RankandFile.ca article that breaks down these numbers) These improvements occurred after the minimum wage increased from $11.60 to $14, and measures like paid sick days and equal pay for equal work came into effect.

Clearly, the economic evidence and public opinion support better wages and working conditions. Now it is our job to organize the majority in Ontario who want and need decent work. Join us at an upcoming event in your community to win $15 & Fairness for ALL!

February 7th
NORTH YORK, Willowdale Outreach Blitz

Thursday, 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM | Don Mills TTC Station
Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

TORONTO, Workers’ Rights Workshop: Building Power at UofT
Thursday, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM | Workers Action Centre
Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

February 9th
SCARBOROUGH, Scarborough Town Centre Outreach

Saturday, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM | Scarborough Town Centre
Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

ETOBICOKE, Etobicoke Outreach Blitz
Saturday, 1:00 PM to 2:00PM | Kipling TTC station
Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

February 11th

HAMILTON, Hamilton Organizing Meeting
Monday, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM | ATU 107 Hall
Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

February 12th
TORONTO, Health Care for Migrants: National Day of Action 
Tuesday, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM | Immigration and Refugee Board
Click here to share on Facebook

TORONTO, Data Entry Pizza Party
Tuesday, 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM | Workers Action Centre
Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

TORONTO, Toronto-wide Organizing Meeting
Tuesday, 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM | Workers Action Centre
Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

February 14th
TORONTO, 14th Annual February 14th Strawberry Ceremony for mmiwg2s
Thursday, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM | Toronto Police Headquarters
Click here to share on Facebook

February 16th
OTTAWA, What could a Green New Deal look like in Canada?
Saturday, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM | University of Ottawa
Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

February 17th
BRAMPTON, Local $15 and Fairness Meeting
Sunday, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Knightsbridge Community and Senior Citizens Centre (1A Knightsbridge Rd)
Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

March 21st
CROSS CANADA, International Day for the Elimination of Racism
Mark this important day in your calendar, and stay tuned for details about a local action happening near you. We are encouraging our networks to help centre migrant workers’ issues on that day. For more information, visit: migrantrights.ca.

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

Dear Wlufa,

Both our annual Provincial Strategy Meeting and the monthly Provincial Teleconference are coming up in the next weeks, and as members of the $15 & Fairness Provincial Mobilization Network (PMN), we hope you will be able to participate.

February 11, PMN Teleconference

Please note in your calendars that our next PMN Teleconference is scheduled for Monday, February 11 at 6:00 PM. These teleconferences typically take between 60 and 90 minutes, and are usually scheduled for the 2nd Monday of each month. Please RSVP by replying to this email to let us know whether you can participate.

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!)

February 23 & 24, Provincial Strategy Meeting (Toronto)

Registration is currently underway for this annual meeting that brings together decent work organizers from across Ontario, but with spaces being limited we encourage you to register for one or both days as soon as possible. Click here to register now.

This two-day gathering will give us a chance to take stock of everything we have accomplished over the past year, assess our strengths and evaluate the areas we need to improve so that we are better situated to meet the challenges that we will be facing in the year ahead.

We will do our best to accommodate special needs for those who register on or before February 7, so if you — or others that you know — will need accommodation, please register right away. More information is included in the online registration form itself, which you can access here.

If you’ve already registered, please consider who else from your community, workplace or campus should be at this meeting and invite them! We are not promoting this strategy meeting as a public event per se. Instead, this meeting is for those who have already been playing a leading role in the $15 & Fairness campaign or for those newer folks who are committed to getting more involved in the months ahead.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Hope to talk to you at Monday’s teleconference,

Pam Frache,
Coordinator, Fight for $15 & Fairness

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

 

 

 

Wlufa,
Communities across Ontario are furious! 2019 has already been made harder, not easier, for millions of workers because Premier Doug Ford rolled back our hard-won $15 minimum wage, cancelled paid sick days and even reversed the law that made it mandatory to pay part-time, contract, casual and temporary workers the same as their full-time counterparts.Pushing workers in low-wage, precarious employment further into poverty is unacceptable — and we need to make it our job to let everyone know what the Conservatives have done. That’s why we’ve produced a set of posters (and leaflets) to name and shame the Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) who took away our rights. To find a customized poster (11×17, tabloid size) for your MPP, click here. To find a matching set of leaflets (2UP layout on letter size), click here. Help us share these resources by posting or distributing them in your neighbourhood.
If you don’t live in a riding where the MPP helped roll back our rights,
please feel free to use the Doug Ford poster and leaflet.

Danger ahead: Bill 66

Right now it’s crucial that we keep organizing because new attacks on workers and our communities are on the way. Not content with rolling back so many of our workplace rights, the Ford government quietly tabled Bill 66, the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, late December. If adopted, Bill 66 would: weaken environmental protections; reduce workers’ access to stable pension plans; reduce child care spaces, weaken the rules that ensure child care workers are present in adequate numbers to care for our children and get properly trained; make it harder for trades and labourers in the public sector to get the protection of a union agreement; and more.

Shockingly, not only would Bill 66 remove the employer obligation to display a simple poster in the workplace about workers’ rights, it would also remove the long-standing Ministry of Labour protections for workers against excessive hours of work and unpaid overtime.

Fortunately, workers are not going to put up with this.

Make your voice heard!

Premier Doug Ford needs to be reminded that while he may have the majority of seats inside Queen’s Park, WE are the majority in Ontario. Please click here to email Ford right now (your local MPP will be copied too). Let’s demand that he immediately withdraw Bill 66 and stop the attacks on our jobs, our services, and our legal protections.

Until February 19, Ontario Legislative Assembly happens to be on recess. This means our provincial representatives are in their home ridings, attending to constituency matters. Fair labour laws save lives, but Bill 66 does the opposite. No matter which political party your MPP belongs to, please make sure to visit or call them to deliver this important message.

Help organize your community

We’re only 3 weeks into 2019 but multiple $15 and Fairness organizing meetings have already taken place in Ottawa, Kingston, Barrie and Toronto. Last Saturday, the women’s march was on fire across Ontario, even though the day was incredibly cold. There is a real appetite in all corners of the province to hold elected officials to account. Help us organize to win decent work for ALL.

Click here to download our new sign-up sheet where you can read more about our big vision for decent work. If you have friends or co-workers who want to get involved, have them add their names and contact information, then email the sheet to us. You can also get your union, group, or network to join $15 & Fairness by visiting: www.15andfairness.org/sign_up 

Upcoming Events

Please scroll below to see upcoming events. If you don’t see one in your community, and are interested in hosting a meeting or a Know Your Right Workshop, email us at [email protected] so we can help you get started.

January 25
BARRIE, Community Education and Outreach

Friday, 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM – Meridian Place, Barrie, 6 Simcoe Street
Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

January 26
TORONTO, West Toronto Canvass

Saturday, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM – Outside Dufferin Station, North West corner of Dufferin/Bloor
Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

January 29
TORONTO, City-wide Organizing Meeting

Tuesday, 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM – 720 Spadina Avenue, Unit 223
***Doors open at 5:30 PM, Meeting starts at 6:00 PM
Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

February 1 
TORONTO, Cuales son tus Derechos Labores apartir de Enero 2019

Friday, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM – 720 Spadina Avenue, Unit 223
** This Know Your Rights workshop will be in Spanish only.
For more information, click here.

February 9
ETOBICOKE, Etobicoke Lakeshore Outreach

Saturday, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM – Outside the Kipling subway station
Click here to RSVP, Click here to share on Facebook

March 21
CROSS CANADA, International Day for the Elimination of Racism
Mark this important day in your calendar, and stay tuned for details about a local action happening near you. We are encouraging our networks to help centre migrant workers’ issues on that day. For more information, visit: migrantrights.ca.

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

 

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Dear Wlufa,

Registration for the Fight for $15 and Fairness 2019 Provincial Strategy Meeting is now open! The meeting will be taking place in Toronto on Saturday, February 23 and Sunday, February 24.

Click here to register right now.

If you are a new member of our Provincial Mobilization Network, please take a look at the photos from last year’s strategy meeting (click here). You’ll see that this annual gathering makes for an inspiring and uplifting weekend.

For those of you coming from outside Toronto, we have set aside some unionized hotel rooms at a reduced cost. However, rooms are limited, so please register as soon as possible (click here).

We will do our best to accommodate special needs for those who register on or before February 7, so if you — or others that you know — will need accommodation, please also register right away.

Finally, we have a limited number of travel subsidies for those who need them and there is space in the registration form to indicate this. Alternatively, please consider carpooling with others to help us make the meeting as accessible as possible for those coming from out of town.

Please note: We aren’t promoting this strategy meeting as a public event per se. Instead, this strategy meeting is for those who have already been playing a leading role in the campaign or for those newer folks who want to get more involved in the months ahead. So feel free to share this invitation with all those you believe are committed to building the movement for decent work now and in the future.

Can’t wait to see you all in person!

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

 

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

This is just a reminder that the next PMN Teleconference is scheduled for TONIGHT at 6:00 pm. Please RSVP to this email to let us know whether you can participate. These teleconferences typically take between 60 and 90 minutes.

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!)

NB: Feet on the Ground Program in 2019

The Workers’ Action Centre will be offering its Feet on the Ground training program for the year 2019! Please note that today’s deadline is ONLY for those applying for a full scholarship. BUT, if you or someone you know would like to apply for a scholarship but need more time, email us right away to let us know. If your organization is interested in sponsoring one or more participants, there is still time. Click the links below for more detailed information:

  • 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. If YOU want to apply for a full scholarship, 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.

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Talk to you all tonight!

-Pam

Pam Frache,
Coordinator, Fight for $15 & Fairness

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

 

 

 

 

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

We hope all of you had a good holiday season and that you were able to take a well-deserved break.

This is just a reminder that the next PMN Teleconference is scheduled for Monday, January 14 at 6:00 pm. Please RSVP to this email to let us know whether you can participate.

Before the break, we asked PMN members for feedback on the timing of these teleconferences. Of the people who replied, the most popular start time seems to be 6:00 pm. That said, we haven’t yet heard back from most of you and we really would appreciate your feeback. We will proceed with the 6:00 pm start time for January 14, but we do want to know your preference, so if you haven’t had a chance to respond, you can do so now by clicking here.

REMINDERS:

Feet on the Ground Program in 2019

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.** 

  • 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. If YOU want to apply for a full scholarship, 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.

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.

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**

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Talk to you all next week! And don’t forget to RSVP to this email so that we know how many to expect on the call.

All the very best,

-Pam

Pam Frache,
Coordinator, Fight for $15 & Fairness

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

 

 

 

Happy New Year Wlufa!

As of today (January 1, 2019), almost 900,000 federally-regulated workers across Canada will have the legislated right to three paid sick days; to equal pay for equal work for part-time, contract, and temporary workers; and to protections against contract flipping**.

There is no doubt that the Federal government took these modest, but important steps, towards legislating $15 & Fairness, after seeing the incredible levels of public support our decent work movement generated for these very rights in Ontario.

Fuel the fight to win $15 & Fairness for ALL!
Become a monthly donor (click here)

Thanks to you taking action, close to a million workers in sectors that cross provincial borders (such as banking, airlines, telecommunications, shipping, transportation, and more) will now benefit from improved working conditions. And furthermore, the federal government will also consider a $15 federal minimum wage by putting together a 10-month task force early this year.

However, as we saw last year with the Ford government’s rollbacks of our provincial decent work laws, we can’t take these federal victories for granted. This is why in 2019, we must fight even harder to assert every worker’s right to $15 & Fairness.

In Ontario, this means holding the Conservative government to account for taking away our rights at work, cutting the services we rely on and weakening workers’ supports.

In the upcoming months, it’s essential that we increase our public outreach efforts, to make sure every worker knows about – and benefits from – the improvements we were able to protect last year (click here to read them). Of course, we also need to continue organizing in every corner of the province, to deter the Ford government from further attacking our rights at work.

To fuel this work, Wlufa, we have a bold request: Would you be willing to give us $15 every month during 2019? (Click here to become a monthly donor).

If just 1% of our supporters made this kind of commitment to the Fight for $15 and Fairness, we could train and mentor local campaign organizers in 5 new cities. A monthly donation of even $5 (the equivalent of a fancy cup of coffee) would make a world of difference, allowing us to distribute more educational resources about our rights at work and make them available in multiple languages. Of course, any one-off financial contribution is also much needed and no amount is too little or too large!

By far, however, the most important contribution you can make is your continued support and solidarity. We have come this far because supporters like you have given their time, energy, and commitment where it matters most: in your community, workplace, or campus.

Thank you for all you have contributed so far! We have much to do in the year ahead, but we are confident that 2019 will mark another year of progress in our fight for decent work for all.

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

**Protections against contract flipping will allow workers to retain their wages and job security if a service contract is re-signed with another provider.

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

Today, on the International Migrants Day, we are thrilled to share the news about the launch of the Migrant Rights Network. Please read the announcement below, and share it widely! You can also click here to join the Migrant Rights Network and sign up for action alerts.

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Announcing a new cross-Canada organization

Migrant Rights Network

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On December 8th and 9th, nearly 60 representatives of 35 organizations met in Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee, Anishinabe, Mississaugas of the New Credit territory (Toronto).

Today, December 18th, 2018, International Migrants Day, we are forming a new cross-Canada organization, the MIGRANT RIGHTS NETWORK, which will combat racism and fight for migrant justice. We call on allies to spread the word.

The Migrant Rights Network will carry out popular education for ourselves and for the broader public. We will launch an anti-racist, migrant justice platform before the federal elections. We call for coordinated, self-organized actions on:

  • March 21, 2019 (International Day for Elimination of Racism);
  • May 1, 2019 (International Workers Day);
  • June 16, 2019 (Father’s Day & International Domestic Workers Day); and
  • September 2, 2019 (Labour Day)

Migrant and refugee groups, and supporters across Canada who want to take action with us – get in touch!

JOIN THE MIGRANT RIGHTS NETWORK

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MIGRANT RIGHTS NETWORK VISION

We prioritize the leadership and self-organization of racialized, working class, migrants, refugees and displaced people. We will do so in alliance with labour, community, faith, environmental, Indigenous, arts and media organizations. We will strive to build global alliances for migrant justice.

Immigration policies separate us. Government policies polarize and divide us. We are given different rights on the basis of the places of our birth, the colour of our skin, the accents we have, and the bodies we inhabit. We are denied labour protections, decent healthcare, the ability to change jobs, and to be with our families. We reject these categories of migrant, irregular, refugee, undocumented, citizen. We assert our humanity.

We demand permanent resident status for all migrants and refugees already here, and landed status on arrival for those that will arrive in the future. We particularly call for Landed Status Now for Care Workers. We demand an end to detentions and deportations. We demand labour mobility. We want decent work and fair wages. We want all protections and entitlements. We demand an end to discrimination and criminalization of migrants, refugees and racialized people. We particularly demand an end to anti-Black racisms.

We are here because we were forced to leave our homes. We have been pushed out by war, poverty, persecution, extraction, joblessness, social oppressions and environmental collapse. We have been displaced in the interest of profit for the few. We are courageous – we are the exodus from Central America, the boats in the Mediterranean and the many migrant caravans. Our struggle is as much for rights and protections here, as it is to create global justice so that we are not forced to migrate in the first place.

We are building a movement. Join us. http://migrantrights.ca/en/announcing-migrant-rights-network/

Organizations that attended the December 8 & 9 Meeting to Combat Racism and for Migrant Justice

  1. Alberta Care Workers Association, Edmonton
  2. Butterfly (Asian Migrant Sex Worker Support Network), Toronto
  3. Canadian Council for Refugees, National
  4. Caregiver Connections (CCESO), Toronto
  5. Caregivers Action Centre, Toronto
  6. Chinese Canadian National Council – Toronto
  7. FCJ Refugee Centre, Toronto
  8. Fight for $15 and Fairness, Ontario
  9. Immigrant Workers Centre, Montreal
  10. Income Security Advocacy Centre, Toronto
  11. Mexicans United for Regularization, Quebec
  12. Migrant Resource Centre Canada
  13. Migrant Workers Alliance – Student-Workers
  14. Migrant Workers Alliance for Change*, Canada
  15. Migrant Workers Alliance for Change – Niagara
  16. Migrant Workers Association Quebec
  17. Migrante Alberta
  18. Migrante BC
  19. Migrante Canada
  20. Migrante Ontario
  21. Migrante Ottawa
  22. No One Is Illegal – Toronto
  23. OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants
  24. OEERC, Toronto
  25. OHIP for All, Ontario
  26. Ottawa Sanctuary City Network
  27. Parkdale Community Legal Services, Toronto
  28. PEI Action Team for Migrant Worker Rights / Cooper Institute
  29. PINAY Quebec
  30. Sanctuary Health, BC
  31. The Neighbourhood Organization, Toronto
  32. Unifor, Canada
  33. Urban Alliance on Race Relations, Toronto
  34. Vancouver Committee for Domestic Workers and Caregivers Rights
  35. Workers Action Centre, Toronto

*The Migrant Workers Alliance for Change includes individuals as well as Alliance for South Asian Aids Prevention, Asian Community Aids Services, Butterfly (Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Support), Caregiver Connections Education and Support Organization, Caregivers Action Centre, Durham Region Migrant Solidarity Network, FCJ Refugee House, Fuerza Puwersa, GABRIELA Ontario, IAVGO Community Legal Clinic, Income Security Advocacy Centre, Justice for Migrant Workers, Migrante Ontario, No One Is Illegal – Toronto, Northumberland Community Legal Centre, OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, OHIP For All, PCLS Community Legal Clinic, SALCO Community Legal Clinic, Students Against Migrant Exploitation, Social Planning Toronto, UFCW, UNIFOR, Workers Action Centre and Workers United.

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

 

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

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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.
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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
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SCARBOROUGH
Markham & Ellesmere Mainstreeting
Thursday, 5:30PM – 7:00PM – Intersection of Markham and Ellesmere
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TORONTO
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
TORONTO
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
Toronto Santa Claus Parade Outreach
Sunday, 11:30AM – 1:00PM – College and University Intersection
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Monday, November 19th
TORONTO
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
Toronto Wide Organizing Meeting
Tuesday, 5:30PM – 8:30PM, 720 Spadina Ave Unit 223
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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: Monday, February 11th, 2019