LABOUR COUNCIL DELEGATES MEETING
Thursday, April 6, 7:30 p.m. OFL Building-Auditorium, 15 Gervais Dr.
Thursday, April 6, 7:30 p.m. OFL Building-Auditorium, 15 Gervais Dr.
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WE OWN IT - LET'S KEEP IT Labour Council March2017 Statement
BROMLEY L ARMSTRONG AWARDS2017 NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN
click to download nomination form
Toronto groups call for stronger action against racism, Islamophobia (Mar 21, 2017)
Local community advocates are putting pressure on authorities to do more to stop racism and Islamophobia. The Toronto & York Region Labour Council has teamed up with members of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations to produce an action plan to help end the spread of acts of racism and support the truth and reconciliation process. The call coincides with the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. It also follows a rash of recent hateful attacks targeting Muslims, and comes at a time when people around the world are wary of Donald Trump’s immigration policies.
Read MetroNews article on International Day for the Elimination of Racism - Toronto.
EDGES OF TORONTO: Exploited as youth, now helping fellow Tamils (Feb 17, 2017)
When Pragosh Antonipillai was young, he and his cousins worked well over 40 hours a week at Tim Hortons. They didn’t get overtime, and didn’t ask. They worked 12 or 24 hours at a stretch when their downtown Toronto stores were short-handed. “We would sleep on sugar bags in the back because that’s what we thought it means to be a good worker,” Antonipillai recalls. For a first-generation Tamil-Canadian, this was normal, even expected, he says.
Read InsideToronto Article about Labour Council's Tamil Workers Network
CHALLENGING DISCRIMINATION IN YORK REGION DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD (Jan 27, 2017)
The recent incidents of racism and Islamophobia at the York Region District School Board have brought to light issues of discrimination many of our members and families have felt for years. For too long have students, teachers, parents and those seeking equity faced the hurt of racial inequality. The issue of racism is not new, nor witnessed only at the York Region District School Board but in fact throughout our education system.
The existence of systemic racism is undeniable; however history will judge us not only for the existence of racism but more so on how we react to incidents of racism in these moments of truth. The leadership we demonstrate in tackling racism with empathy and conviction of good moral character are the measure by which we must be judged. Elected officials in particular need to be held to very high standards, in this case by the Board itself. Read letter from Labour Council to YRDSB.
CANADIANS CAN BREATHE EASIER! (Dec 14, 2016)
The Canadian federal government is banning the manufacture, import, export and use of asbestos. More than 2,000 Canadians die every year from diseases caused by asbestos exposure such as mesothelioma and lung cancer. Experts estimate that 150,000 Canadians are exposed to asbestos at work, particularly in industries like construction, automobile maintenance, shipbuilding, trade contractors and waste management. Read CLC Press Release
TORONTO CITY REVENUES (Dec 1, 2016)
Funding to create greatest public good with least burden for families
After years of pretending that Canada’s largest city can deliver services, maintain aging infrastructure and tackle the effects of climate change without raising money, a new consensus is emerging on the need for new sources of city revenue. Read more...
A HISTORIC MILESTONE - COMMUNITY BENEFITS AGREEMENT ANNOUNCEMENT (Dec 7, 2016)
The goal of workforce inclusion and diversity on the Eglinton Crosstown transit project. In a Declaration signed by Metrolinx, project contractor Crosslinx, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Infrastructure Ontario, the United Way and the Toronto Community Benefits Network (TCBN), all agreed to a program of training and hiring workers from historically disadvantaged communities and equity seeking groups. The intent is to have apprentices and journeypersons from these groups perform ten percent of the project trade hours. This will result in over 300 careers for young people who otherwise may not have found the way to enter the skilled trades workforce.
Click to read Press Release
GREENPRINT working together for climate action
If our Earth is to be sustained for future generations, we must examine how we carry on our daily lives, and what impact we have on the environment. What we consume and produce, where we live, how we move from place to place, and how we spend our leisure time – all these factors add up to our personal and collective footprint on the Earth. Toronto, Canada’s largest urban centre, is an amazingly complex and sophisticated space. And every day, millions of tons of CO2 are emitted into the air. What are we going to do?
How Toronto could solve its revenue woes & fight climate change
Read article by John Cartwright in NOWToronto (Nov24, 2016)
Statement sent to Ontario Anti-Racism Directorate
All equity work points to the need to understand intersectionality of oppression. Nobody exists with just one identity – we are defined by many other factors including race, gender, ability, age, sexual orientation, immigration status, language… we are all complex human beings. In welcoming the creation of an Anti-Racism Directorate we also are reminded of the many other systemic barriers and discrimination faced by too many of our neighbours and co-workers. Read entire statement.
CHANGING WORKPLACES - CHANGING THE RULES?
The Government of Ontario released a long-awaited report from the Changing Workplace Review looking at the role of Labour Law and the Employment Standards Act in the modern workplace. More than 13% of the workforce is now involved in temp work, while unionization has slowly eroded to provide only 14% of private sector employees a voice at work. Read Labour Council's summary and download Chinese or Somali Workplace Review graphic
What’s Next? This really is a fight for the next generation. Read the Full Interim Report & Press Release from Labour Council. Find out about the province wide campaign to MakeItFair! www.makeitfair.ca.
Labour Council Strategic Plan 2016 to 2019
Over the next three years the Labour Council will focus on becoming more powerful as a movement in greater Toronto. Click to read entire Labour Council Strategic Plan.
Diversity Workers Networks
Labour Council supports the development of networks of union members in diverse communities – Chinese, Filipino, Tamil, Somali and Ethiopian/Eritrean. If you are interested in getting involved you can sign up HERE or contact Kiruthiha Kulendiren at email@example.com 416 441-3663 x 221. Click for the Chinese Network flyer click here, Filipino flyer click here and Tamil Flyer.
Toronto Workers History Project (TWHP)
TWHP is a group of workers, unionists, professors, students, artists, teachers, librarians, educators, researchers, community activists, and retirees dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the history of working people in Toronto. We are committed to bringing to light the experiences of working people and their contributions as individuals and collectively to the building of this city, in the home, in the paid workplace, and in the community. For more info visit www.twhp.ca
Saturday May 28 - Remembering Workers' Struggles in Toronto - Tour & Workshop
from 10am to 6pm at 35 Cecil Street, Toronto (Steelworkers hall)
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info
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. It's time to take the next step in advancing equity in every union's work. Click on image to download guide