17 November, 2020 11:12 AM

Nov 17 News

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

  • Broken Hearts, Empty Shoes: support Long-Term Care Standards
  • NOV 24: #SafeLearnOrNoReturn Roundtable Discussion
  • NOV 21:Tropicana workers on strike: show your solidarity
  • We’re hiring: become an organizer
  • Forward Together: Impact Felt Across Canada
  • Spotlight on… Ford's Failures 

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We were already in a housing crisis when COVID exposed and increased the vulnerability of those without access to affordable housing, the dangers of under-housing, and the cruelty of

Instead of investing to protect the people of Ontario, especially our seniors and students, the Ford government seems more concerned about hiding the truth about Covid-19 and long-term care from Ontarians. Meanwhile, LTC homes have just been given a carte blanche to be negligent & fail to take reasonable & competent measures to protect residents against COVID-19

To date, more than 2,000 people have died in long-term care homes in the province. Right now, as the second wave of COVID-19 surges, Ontario is operating with 30 per cent fewer long-term care workers.

Watch and share the new Labour Council video: Protect Our Elders

Watch video: Protect our elders
Sign the petition


Join Canadians for National Long-Term Care standards on Thursday as they honour those we have lost and support the federal government in creating national standards with the provinces and territories.

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020

Time: 11:30am

Where: On your doorstep!


York Communities for Public Education is excited to host another #SafeLearnOrNoReturn Roundtable Discussion on Tuesday, November 24th from 7:00pm to 8:30pm, live on our Facebook page!

Join our Co-Chair Shameela Shakeel, NDP Education Critic Marit Stiles, COVID-19 Biostatistician Ryan Imgrund, YCDSB teacher Karen Ebanks, and YRDSB student Palwashah Ali for a discussion on learning and teaching during the pandemic.

We will be touching upon several important topics including student mental health, equity concerns, safety measures, class sizes, response strategy, and more.

Please register and submit your questions no later than November 21st at 11:59pm!

Date: Tuesday, November 24th

Time: 7:00 to 8:30pm,

Where: YCFPE Facebook page 


Tropicana Community Services has been a well-respected social service agency serving the Black and Caribbean communities of Scarborough. It is publicly-funded organization financed by all three levels of government – but workers at Tropicana have not seen a wage increase in over five years, so they finally organized into a union. Bargaining led nowhere because the agency is insisting on three more years of wage freezes.  On November 9th the members of SEIU Local 2 went on strike. They are seeking a cost-of-living wage increase and transparent management practices as a part of their first collective agreement.

Voice your support for Tropicana workers and demand that management return to the table, bargain in good faith, and withdraw their demand for further wage freezes.

Take action!

Attend the (socially distanced) Solidarity Rally:

Date: Saturday, November 21st

Time: 12-3pm

Where: Tropicana Head Office -- 1385 Huntingwood Dr, Scarborough, ON M1S 3J1


We are seeking an organizer to work as part of the leadership and staff team in a dynamic and fast-paced organization that is responding to a changing economy and new political realities in Canada’s largest urban centre. Responsibilities will include working with the Labour Council President and staff on all aspects of the Council’s work in both Toronto and York Region, including political action, building union strength, the development of networks of union activists around key campaign goals, and other duties as assigned.

Applications will be accepted until 12:00 noon, Wednesday, November 25th, 2020.



Action Week 2020 was a wonderful success, sending a BIG thank you to all the activists that participated in lobbying their MPs last week. Labour Councils across Ontario lobbied 65 Members of Parliament, and more than a dozen of those MPs were here in Toronto and York Region.  

Over two million jobs were lost during this pandemic and we’re only just hitting the second wave. We've got a plan to replace those jobs with better ones by investing in green infrastructure, raising the federal min wage & investing in the care economy.  Efforts like Action Week 2020 ensure that the vision of the labour movement is being hear by decision makers, and they feel pressure to turn some of those ambitious throne speech promises into reality.  

SPOTLIGHT ON... Ford's Failures

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

We at the Labour Council have watched with worry and frustration at the daily increases in Covid-19 cases and Ford's failure to keep our province safe. 

He continues to ignore public health experts, refuses to listen to educators and health professionals on the frontlines, obfuscate the guidance, all the while practising dirty politics from gutting environmental regulation and collective bargaining rights. 

We deserve better. 

We deserve to live with dignity - where our children and our elders are not political or economic pawns. 

That's why we have been busy creating a series of graphics and videos ready to be shared.

If you have any ideas or content you'd like us to include, please email aelwell@labourcouncil.ca

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