African Heritage Month &
Chinese Heritage Month
Feb 19: Family Day
Feb 20: York Region Environmental Forum (download flyer)
Mar 1: Delegates mtg 7:30pm
Mar 3: IWD March Toronto (download save the date flyer)
Mar 6: Pharmacare Forum www.aplanforeveryone.ca
Mar 8: International Women's Day
Mar 21: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Mar 22: International day of Water
Apr 5: Delegates mtg 7:30pm
Apr 14: Filipino Workers Network Assembly
Apr 27: Day of Mourning Ceremonies
May 1: Nominations open for Toronto City Council Elections
May 3: Delegates mtg 7:30pm
Jun 7: Ontario Provincial Elections
Jun 16: Indigenous & Workers of Colour Conference (SavetheDate flyer)
145th Anniversary of Labour Advocacy - Working Together for Justice
From 1871-Labour Council History
145th ANNIVERSARY of TORONTO & YORK REGION LABOUR COUNCIL
One hundred and forty five years ago a small group of workmen came together to give life to an idea – the creation of a collective voice for working people in Toronto. On April 12th, 1871 the Toronto Trades and Labour Assembly was founded by representatives of the emerging economy – barrel-makers, shoemakers, printers, bakers, cigar-makers and metalworkers. They were soon joined by other occupations. It was a time of rising for workers across the world, from the nine-hour day movement to the Paris Commune. Within a year the fledging labour movement in Toronto would be tested. Printers at the Globe newspaper went on strike and were jailed for criminal sedition. Ten thousand people took to the streets demanding the printers’ freedom and labour rights... Click to read a QUICK HISTORY of the LABOUR COUNCIL
In 1947, the Labour Council took on racism by forming the Toronto Join Labour Committee to Combat Racial Intolerance based on two core principles; Education within the Labour movement & co-operation with outside agencies seeking to promote better race relations and legislation for civil liberties. The Labour Council realized that this was a ‘long range’ undertaking requiring ‘years of constant effort to accomplish real improvement’. Little did they realize that labour activists will still be at it in the new millennium. Read excerpt from 1949 Labour Day Souvenir.
In 1951, the Labour Council achieved victory after a long and vigorous campaign supported by affiliates, religious groups, women's and youth organisations, professional and service bodies, when Ontario became the first province in Canada to enact a Fair Employment Practices Act that prohibited hob discrimination on racial or religious grounds.
Read the excerpt from the 1951 Official Labour Day Souvenir.
In 1954, the Labour Council noted “.. the fight for human dignity, as well as the battle for a decent standard of living and good working conditions goes on side by side. We, in the labour movement, have the job of educating our own members, especially new ones, as well as the community around us..” Read the excerpt from the 1954 Official Labour Day Souvenir
In 1957, the Labour Council said “We must continue to fight to ensure that all Canadians have equal opportunity in obtaining jobs, promotions, decent houses in which to live. It is the duty of the Labour Movement to spearhead the campaigns to obtaining effective protection for the basic human rights of all citizens in the community".
Read the excerpt from the 1957 Official Labour Day Souvenir.
International Women's Day TORONTO2016
Despite cold temperatures,Torontonians came out in force for the International Women’s Day March last Saturday. They came from every walk of life – kids and moms, students and labour veterans – to speak out for equality and justice.
Lead banners called on ALL WOMEN TO RISE UP, PROUD & STRONG, to END GENDER WAGE GAP.