03 November, 2020 5:42 PM

Nov 3 News

Labour Council E-Newsletter

  • Thursday: Delegates Meeting – Eyewitness Report on US Elections
  • Tonight: Sisters of the Roundtable kicks off tonight
  • Action Week is here!
  • Safe Schools: Have Your Say!
  • Fall Budget 2020: It’s not too late
  • Spotlight on… Labour Action Magazine

 

THURSDAY: NOVEMBER DELEGATES MEETING 

Join us Thursday night for an eyewitness report on the US election. Arnoldo Fabela Jr. is the Director of Field Organizing for the Illinois Federation of Teachers. He will share insights into how unions and Black and Latino communities organized for the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. We will also be joined by Seth Klein, environmental campaigner and author of “A Good War” on how to mobilize Canada for the fight on climate change.


We will also discuss housing in Toronto, Ford’s failures to keep Ontarians safe, and more!

All union members welcome. Zoom link details to be sent tomorrow – or watch the feed on our youtube page.


 

SISTERS OF THE ROUNDTABLE FALL SERIES KICKS OFF TONIGHT!

The month-long series kicks off tonight with "Our Experiences: Women on the Frontline of a Pandemic.” This session will begin by hearing from a cross-sectoral panel of frontline workers followed by an opportunity for sharing in a small group setting.

Tonight’s focus will be on our experiences in the pre-pandemic workforce, the obstacles we are facing due to COVID-19, the resiliency we have witnessed as well as our vision for recovery in our sectors from a gendered perspective.


SAFE SCHOOLS: HAVE YOUR SAY!

As nearly 600 schools in Ontario report at least one Covid-19 case with Ontario reaching its highest number of daily cases, the Ford government continues to ignore advice from experts and concerns from parents, students, educators and the community. This failure continues to negatively impact the safety and mental health of educators, students and families, specifically racialized families and those in low-income neighbourhoods.

Our friends at Ontario Families for Public Education and Ontario Parent Action Network have launched a public consultation to gage concerns. So far over 2400 people have responded. The deadline is November 20.


ACTION WEEK IS HERE: MAKE IT HAPPEN!

Union activists are taking on a country-wide effort to lobby Members of Parliament this week to demand that the government makes good on the promises in the throne speech. This could be a historic moment where we dramatically expand key public services for working families – such as childcare and pharmacare – as well as fixing the social safety net and investing in new good jobs.

We need Members of Parliament to meet with regular working Canadians to understand how the pandemic has impacted our members, our families and our community.  Get in touch with us if you are interested to join other trade unionists from Toronto or York Region in lobbying our MPs any time in November: campaigns@labourcouncil.ca


 

FALL BUDGET 2020: IT’S NOT TOO LATE

Governments that choose to invest in public services and public sector workers, as the front line of defense against the COVID-19 second wave, are on the right track.

Ontario’s Fall Budget 2020 must put the $9.3 billion in federal dollars to work immediately. Break it out of the piggy bank, and put it to use saving lives in hospitals, long-term care homes, public health units and making schools safe.

We need change, but not small change. With lives on the line, it’s not the time to nickel-and-dime.

Email Premier Doug Ford and Minister of Finance Rod Phillips and tell them now’s the time for bold vision, and big investment in working people and public services. 


SPOTLIGHT ON... LABOUR ACTION MAGAZINE

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

LabourACTION is Labour Council’s magazine that highlights the struggles and key victories of our members and affiliates, as well as honour our 149 year history of working for justice. The Fall 2020 issue is dedicated to moving the conversation of “A Just Recovery for All” forward and features our members fighting on the front lines of racial justice and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Highlights include “A Day in the Life of Teachers,” an insight into the experiences of our educators in the classrooms, a Q&A with Steelworker Mark Austin & Carolyn Egan about his fight for justice, and exciting new programs for climate jobs. 

This issue includes a pull-out poster of our Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and Communities.

To read the digital version before it lands in your mailboxes, click here:

LabourAction Fall 2020

p.s. The cover features Executive Board member and CUPE Local 4948's Jinkie David with her daughter Madison and Labour Council's Susan McMurray at the Sept 25 Climate Sit-In. Photograph by Nadine McKinnon. 


 


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