LABOUR COUNCIL DELEGATES MEETING
Thursday, March 3, 7:30 p.m.
OFL Building-Auditorium, 15 Gervais Dr.
Thursday, March 3, 7:30 p.m.
OFL Building-Auditorium, 15 Gervais Dr.
Special Issue of Labour Action highlights Labour Day and Federal Election Issues (click on image to download)
KEEP TORONTO HYDRO PUBLIC
Public assets are under relentless attack around the world. In Ontario, both the provincial hydro utility Hydro One and municipal utilities such as Toronto Hydro have been under threat of privatization for years.
Privatization is one of the maximum goals of neoliberalism. It locks in a long term shift in power and wealth from the people to the 1%. The Wynne government, with no mandate from the people, plans to sell 60% of Hydro One. At Toronto City Hall, there is an endless stream of leaks and trial balloons about privatizing Toronto Hydro. Mayor John Tory, like Premier Wynne, has no mandate from the people for hydro privatization. Read more ...
Changing the Culture of Policing - letter to the editor (TorStar) from John Cartwright
Columnist Ed Keenan is right to challenge the TPA’s attitude to carding. The Toronto and York Region Labour Council, the voice of labour in Canada’s largest urban centre, has taken a strong stand on this issue.
We have gone on record with both the Toronto Police Services and through an open letter to Yasir Naqvi, minister of community safety and correctional services, calling for an end to all forms of race-based policing that disproportionately targets members of our communities based on their race, creed or ethnic origin. Read more ...
A look forward towards our BLACK HISTORY - PRIDE news/magazine weekly
Sandra Bland, age 28; Andrew Loku, age 45; Tamir Rice, age 12; Jermaine Anthony Carby, age 33; and Freddie Gray, age 25.
These are but a few of the African Canadian and African American workers and children that will forever be burned into the African Canadian history books for 2015.
Seared into the psyche of a generation, who will continue to hope, and pray, that these types of lethal police interactions never find its way to our children, our grandchildren, our families, or us, for that matter. Read more ...
LABOUR COUNCIL recognizes BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2016
February is traditionally marked as Black History Month in Canada thanks to a motion brought to parliament in 1995 by Jean Augustine, then MP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore. Many people know far more about the U.S. Civil Rights movement than they do about the struggle in Canada.
For 2016 Black History month, Labour Council is launching the video "Welcome to Canada". In the history of the African diaspora the story of immigration to Canada is still highly relevant. On Tuesday April 27, 1954 the Toronto-based Negro Citizenship Association (NCA) made history when it went to Ottawa to demand changes in the discriminatory policies of the Canadian Immigration Act. Led by Donald Moore, the delegation received support from many community groups, including the Canadian Labour Congress and the Toronto and Lakeshore Labour Council - precursor of the Toronto and York Region Labour Council.
In “Welcome to Canada”, long time union activist and co-founder of the NCA, Bromley Armstrong, sheds light on the circumstances around this historic moment. A moment that is stark in its relevance and significance to this date, here and now in greater Toronto as we recognize that austerity measures impact racialized people the hardest, racial profiling is a harsh reality for racialized youth and that good, stable jobs with fair wages are the fundamental building blocks for equity.
THE ROAD DOES NOT END IN PARIS. IT GOES THROUGH IT.
The Labour Council came together on Jan7th, 2016 to vote in support of a powerful statement of vision and action, taking on Climate Change with an aim to push for an unprecedented investment in Green Jobs.
In December 2015 three dozen delegates from Canada’s labour movement attended the United Nations summit on climate change (COP21) in Paris. Unions came from across the globe to push for ambitious climate targets, Just Transition programs, and adaptation and mitigation funding for poorer nations. Canadian politicians supported these goals – a welcome departure from the official stance taken over past decade.
What will it take to realise COP21 goals in greater Toronto, across Ontario and Canada? There are effective initiatives that could help meet the goal of reducing our carbon footprint as Canada’s largest urban centre. Read more here.
KILL A WORKER - GO TO JAIL !
History was made on Monday Jan11th when a man responsible for four workplace deaths was sentenced to jail. The jail sentence for Metron Construction Project Manager Vadim Kazenelson is a result of a decades long campaign started after the Westray mine disaster in Nova Scotia. The Steelworkers fought to get criminal negligence enacted into law, and the OFL led the effort to bring justice to the Metron case. Ontario Court Judge Ian MacDonnell sentenced Kazenelson to three and a half years in jail for each of four counts of criminal negligence causing death and one count causing bodily harm, following the tragic collapse of a swing stage at a Toronto high-rise on December 24, 2009. The sentences will be served concurrently.
“I hope this verdict sends shivers down the spine of employers across Ontario. The message from this Ontario court echoes the campaign of the Ontario Federation of Labour: if you kill a worker, you will go jail,” said Buckley. “No prison term or financial penalty can bring back the workers who died or undo the pain felt by their families, but this sentence has the power to prevent other workers from suffering a similar fate.”
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STATEMENT FROM LABOUR COUNCIL TO WELCOME SYRIAN REFUGEES
This week, Toronto and Montreal welcome the first waves of Syrian refugees that will begin to make Canada their new home.
The labour movement in Canada has had a long history of embracing working people and families from all walks of life who hail from a diverse set of cultures and religions. We are proud to receive these newcomers who will soon become our Canadian brothers and sisters.
Welcome to Toronto. We're eager to meet you. #RefugeesWelcome | Download PDF
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STRENGTHENING OUR UNIONS THROUGH EQUITY
In September 2014, Labour Council released its latest contribution to the equity work in our movement. Entitled “A Leader’s Guide to Strengthen Unions: Moving Beyond Diversity… Towards Inclusion and Equity” the document is designed to be a tool for activists and leaders who want to build more powerful unions in greater Toronto, and across Canada. It is written by Jojo Geronimo, veteran labour educator former Executive Director of the Labour Education Centre.
Nearly two decades ago, the Canadian labour movement took a hard look at the reality of racial discrimination in our workplaces, our society, and in our unions.
It's time to take the next step in advancing equity in every union's work.
FIX LABOUR LAW AND EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS
It’s time to turn things around for Ontario workers. While we wage defensive battles in response to relentless attacks, we must devote far more resources to organizing and to raising the living standards of workers. The battle for legislated workers’ rights has been at the centre of our movement’s efforts throughout its history.
The Ontario government is holding a consultation to update labour law and employment standards, and we need to mobilize to ensure that real change is made that will improve conditions for workers in this province. To see what needs to change in the Labour Relations Act and Employment Standards click here. To learn more about the “$15+Fairness” campaign go to www.15andfairness.org.
"To download Labour Council's submission to the Changing Workplace Review click here".
EMPOWERING WORKER NETWORKS
Labour Council is supporting the development of networks of union members in the following newcomer communities – Chinese, Filipino, Tamil, Somali, Bangladeshi and Ethiopian/Eritrean. If you are interested in getting involved you can sign up HERE or contact Minerva Hui at email@example.com 416 441-3663 x 225. These networks have already proven to strengthen labour’s civic engagement work and organizing outreach. For the Chinese Network flyer click here, for the Filipino flyer click here.