LABOUR COUNCIL DELEGATES MEETING
Thursday, November 2, 7:30 p.m. OFL Building-Auditorium, 15 Gervais Dr.
Thursday, November 2, 7:30 p.m. OFL Building-Auditorium, 15 Gervais Dr.
Click below to download a Bill 148 flyer!
ENGLISH + CHINESE + TAMIL + TAGALOG + SOMALI + TIGRINYA
(AMHARIC coming soon)
STANDING WITH COMMUNITY COLLEGE WORKERS [Oct 2017]
Ontario’s community colleges were established fifty years ago to play a crucial role in supporting economic growth and educating students for the jobs of tomorrow. The people who deliver the education and services at our community colleges deserve to be respected for the vital work they do. Whether they are full-time or part-time – college workers should be treated fairly and have a strong, effective voice at work. Read TYRLC statement.
WORLD DAY FOR DECENT WORK - October 7
This is the 10th year that unions have been marking the World Day for Decent Work on October 7th. With the fight in Ontario over Bill 148 fixing some of the glaring problems in employment laws, We should raise the demand for decent work to counter the business backlash against the minimum wage. Click for more information.
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Floods, Fires & 2degrees of Climate Change - TYRLC October Statement
The effects of climate change know no boundaries. The smoke from Fort McMurray’s historic 2016 fire not only affected residents of Alberta but was felt by those who live in the eastern American seaboard. This was made possible as a result of wind and climate patterns. Those who suffer the most from extreme weather disasters tend to be the most vulnerable and marginalized. Read entire statement.
Equity Committee Open Letter to Premier Wynne on Justice for Dafonte Miller [Oct 2017]
"We, the Equity Committee of the Toronto & York Region Labour Council, are no longer surprised when a Black youth is subjected to brutality at the hands of a police officer. The injury sustained by Dafonte Miller in his encounter with off-duty police Officer Michael Theriault has become all too familiar for Black youth in our society. Such frequent cases are painful reminders that anti-Black racism is actively thriving in the GTA..." Read entire letter.
Tax Fairness Matters - Labour Council Statement [Sept 2017]
Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau introduced proposals for tax changes that aim to control tax evasion by wealthy individuals and corporations. Three loopholes will be tightened so high-income Canadians do not create small businesses simply to pay less tax. The backlash by Corporate Canada has been so strong that it is clear progressive Canadians must respond… Read full statement.
"Closing tax loopholes is an important step toward tax fairness" - Toronto Star Article
"Time to end tax breaks that benefit the rich" - Toronto Star Article
BILL 148 IS GOOD FOR WORKERS AND IT COULD BE BETTER!
After an intense effort to fix outdated labour law and employment standards in Ontario, Bill 148 has been introduced and an increase to $15 minimum wage has been announced. These could be important gains – nearly every family has someone whose working life will be improved if Bill 148 passes. Time for everyone to get involved because EVERYONE DESERVES FAIRNESS@WORK.
How and what can you do?
Download the poster[PDF or JPEG], print it (choose Tabloid size 11x17), and
put it up on as many notice boards as you can!
Ask your friends, family, neighbours and co-workers to do the same.
KEEP UP THE FIGHT FOR FAIRNESS [June 2017]
The Ontario Government has announced plans to increase minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2019, raise employment standards and tighten enforcement, and make important changes to the Labour Relations Act. These reforms have been a long time coming, and are more than welcome. But they are not guaranteed yet!
It was the struggles of working people and community allies across Ontario that won these reforms. Over the last two years, the government and MPPs came face-to-face with workers who suffered because of outdated employment standards and weak enforcement. The continent-wide Fight for $15, high profile strikes in Toronto and victories in New York, California and Alberta showed that change was possible.
The government held hearings on Bill 148, and we pressed for key improvements. But business is fighting hard to eliminate some of the most crucial proposals that make it easier for workers to join a union, protect jobs from contract flipping, or get equal pay for part-time and temp agency workers.
What’s the next step? Workers and their unions need to counter the intense business backlash that will unfold in the coming months. We have to lobby MPP’s and be out in the public showing why the laws need to be fixed, and challenging the corporate myths and threats. And we need to explain why the wins have not gone far enough and press for filling in the gaps.
The Make it Fair and $15 and Fairness campaigns have had a real impact. But the fight is not over until legislation is passed and workers can actually exercise their rights in every workplace. Let’s keep up the fight for fairness! Read Labour Council's submission on Bill 148.
Faith Leaders speak out for Fairness & Decent Work - ask your faith leader to sign today!
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...
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 lead the Climate Change charge in Canadian Cities
Read article by John Cartwright in NationalObserver (Jun15, 2017)
How Toronto could solve its revenue woes & fight climate change
Read article by John Cartwright in NOWToronto (Nov24, 2016)
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.
Diverse 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
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