08 December, 2020 4:22 PM

Dec 8 News

In this weeks' Toronto & York Region Labour Council news: 

- Tropicana Strike Update: let’s get a deal before Christmas
- ICYMI: Toronto’s Unions Endorse Manna Wong
- LEC is Hiring: Two Positions Open
- Yours to Protect: Ontario’s environment in our hands
- “2020: Our Victories, Our Struggles”
- Spotlight on… Fridays for Future

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Fifty of our sisters and brothers from Tropicana Community Services have been striking in the cold for over five weeks to get a first collective agreement. Tropicana workers are deeply committed to serving their Scarborough community, but haven’t see a wage increase in many years.

Workers are asking for a simple 1% wage hike each year for three years. SEIU Local 2 have offered to enroll them in their benefits trust – with no additional cost to the employer. So why are management holding out and forcing workers to strike? They are trying to break the union, pure and simple.

"This behaviour is a grave disregard of Tropicana's obligations to the Black community” Coalition for Black Trade Unionists.

Now the Federal government has given them millions of dollars to steward for services in the Black community. If they aren’t fit to care for their own staff – how are they going to do right by the whole community?


See our letter to MPs and Board Members

Watch our video: Solidarity with Tropicana Workers

Sign the petition: Fair Treatment for Tropicana Community Service’s Employees


Our Labour Council unanimously endorsed Manna Wong for the City Council by-election in Scarborough Agincourt. Currently the local TDSB School Board Trustee, Manna is a strong, principled leader who deserves to win this race, and take her place as a progressive voice at City Hall. 

A tenacious fighter, smart tactician and brilliant consensus builder, Manna supports strong public services and improved access for all residents. She’s earned the trust of colleagues, parents and diverse communities through her leadership, hard work and persistence in getting things done – for families, kids, schools, neighbourhoods and Scarborough-Agincourt.

With strong endorsements from education unions, Scarborough school trustees and residents of every neighbourhood in the ward, Manna Wong is our choice to be the next City Councillor for Scarborough-Agincourt.Get involved!

Are you a Scarborough-Agincourt resident? Find out how to vote & request your mail-in ballot

Text “Manna” to 55255



The Labour Education Centre is hiring the following full-time positions:

LEC is committed to helping workers, potential workers and all members of our community access decent work and to moving communities towards social, economic and environmental justice. Their mandate is to deliver training and education programs that transform the lives of workers, potential workers and members of historically disadvantaged groups by increasing their employability and their ability to participate as engaged citizens in their communities

The deadline to apply for both is this Thursday, December 10th at noon


The news of David Crombie’s resignation from the Ontario Greenbelt Council sends alarm bells ringing about the Doug Ford’s Bill 229 that rewards land speculators by gutting the role of Conservation Authorities in Ontario.  The former mayor of Toronto, Crombie was joined by six other Council members who resigned.

In his open letter, Crombie said the Bill:

“cuts out the heart of integrated watershed planning and management; severely cripples the Conservation Authorities in the pursuit of their historic stewardship of environmental issues, and now with the grossly expanded use of Ministerial Zoning Orders (MZO) … essential public discussion and debate will be stifled or shut down. This is not policy and institutional reform. This is high-level bombing and needs to be resisted.”

Conservation Authorities play a crucial role in preventing flooding, but these changes will let developers dump, build and excavate largely unchecked in wetland areas, risking impaired water quality, property damage, and environmental degradation, and endangering public safety due to increase flooding.


2020 started off like just any other year... until covid-19 hit like a tsunami and swept across the globe... breaking apart communities, exposing injustice and accelerating change.

2020 also showed our resilience. Our commitment to justice. Our humanity.

Thank you to everyone in our labour and justice communities for your solidarity, support and action this year. We are humbled and inspired by all our sisters and brothers.

Check out our video retrospective of labour’s struggles in 2020 - produced by Allie Elwell & Nadine MacKinnon!

SPOTLIGHT ON... Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and Communities. 

Every week, we will bring you a snapshot of an initiative or organization doing great work within our labour community. 

Two years ago this week, Fridays for Future Toronto organized their first climate strike to demand that the government declare a climate emergency and implement a Green New Deal made by the people. Since then, the government has declared a climate emergency but there is still allot of work to be done.

A youth-led, grassroots organization with the primary mission of mobilizing to demand climate justice through the organization of school strikes, rallies, and marches.  Fridays for Future Toronto recognizes that the climate crisis is not only an environmental crisis but a social justice crisis too. They have adopted a number of intersectional demands that aim to create a space for youth to advocate for a better world that uplifts marginalized voices, follows the principles of climate justice and empowers youth to demand a future that is sustainable and just for all!

Join them on Wednesday (December 9th) at Queen’s Park from 5:00-7:00 pm to Fight For 1.5 ahead of the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement!

When: Wednesday, December 9th, 2020

Where: Queen’s Park

Time: 5:00-7:00pm

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