Despite widespread speculation the Liberal government would use the 2017 Ontario Budget to announce a $15 minimum wage and sweeping changes to the province’s labour laws, we were left disappointed. Take a moment now to sign this letter to tell Premier Kathleen Wynne: we need action now. In 2014, the Wynne government committed to review labour and employment… Continue Reading Ontario Budget: Tell Premier Wynne we need action
There is widespread speculation that the April 27 Ontario Budget will announce government support for a $15 minimum wage — to be implemented in 2018. (See the news stories by: Bob Hepburn; Jaime Watt; Andrew Steele; and Mike Crawley.) There is further speculation that the government will signal its intention to amend Ontario’s labour and employment… Continue Reading The time to act is now.
Earlier this month, more than 200 organizers from across Ontario met in Toronto for the annual $15 & Fairness Provincial Strategy Meeting (check out the photos here). This strategy meeting was not only the biggest one we had so far, but it was also an incredibly important one. With the Ontario provincial election scheduled for… Continue Reading Catch the wind of change near you
The Ministry of Labour just announced that Ontario’s general minimum wage will be adjusted upward by 20 cents as of October 1, 2017 to keep up with rising prices. We must remember that this measure does not increase the minimum wage; it merely helps maintain the original $11.00 value that was established in 2014 by the Ontario government –… Continue Reading Time for $15 now! Not just 20 cents.
Join us to share strategies for building a strong, multiracial workers’ movement that unites union and non-union workers. Together we can raise the floor of wages and working conditions everywhere. Event admission: Free. Please let us know you are coming by visiting the Facebook event page, don’t forget to invite your friends and coworkers. Panel… Continue Reading Public Forum: Building Unity in the Era of Trump
With the February 28 Changing Workplaces Review deadline in the rearview mirror, its up to us to build the confidence of every MPP to make protecting workers a priority during the current legislative session. In the coming days, the government will deliberate on which recommendations they will implement. A recent CBC news story suggests that… Continue Reading Changing Workplaces Review update
These days there is an incredible momentum in Ontario campuses as students, workers and faculty get ready for the February 14 Outreach Blitz: Campuses Love $15 & Fairness. Increasingly, students are being squeezed by the rising tuition fees and low-wages. Campus workers deal with appalling working conditions and contracting out. Meanwhile faculty staff juggle piecemeal contracts, while… Continue Reading February 14 – Ontario day of action on campuses
The past few weeks have been difficult, with members of our communities targeted by hateful attacks and policies. In response, however, millions of people have mobilized in an incredible show of solidarity, and resistance. Magnificent demonstrations have taken place starting with the Women’s March on January 21, which brought together 60,000 people in Toronto alone… Continue Reading Fairness means: End Islamophobia, stop racism
Thanks to thousands of supporters across Ontario and the important work we undertook last year, 2017 is off to a fantastic start for the Fight for $15 & Fairness! Within the first two weeks of January, organizing meetings for the campaign were held in Oshawa, Toronto, Niagara and by the Decent Work & Health Network.… Continue Reading 2017 has kicked into high gear!
Ending the year on a high note! After months of incredible organizing done throughout communities across Ontario, we are expecting the final recommendations of the Changing Workplaces Review to be released at the end of March or early April. Kevin Flynn, the Minister of Labour, has promised to table meaningful legislative changes in the Spring of 2017.… Continue Reading 2017 is our year to win
Today is a big day. Migrant workers just won a repeal of the discriminatory 4-and-4 rule that has forced thousands of people to leave or become undocumented over the last year. This victory is just in time for December 18th – International Migrants Day. While changes are being won at the federal level, so much… Continue Reading Take action for migrant workers
With December already here, we can see the end of 2016 — but our campaign shows little sign of slowing down! In the past few days, $15 & Fairness meetings were held in Kingston, Ottawa and Toronto, and our Decent Work Sing-Along videos are pouring in from across the province! And there’s lots of time to keep spreading $15 &… Continue Reading Help us spread $15 & Fairness cheer!
This year the Fight for $15 and Fairness will be asking everyone to sign a holiday postcard to their Member of Provincial Parliament. We want to make sure that all MPPs know that voters in their ridings are expecting MPPs to deliver decent work legislation in 2017. Let us know right away how many postcards you… Continue Reading Let’s gear up for the holidays!
It’s Fair Employment Week! Right now, college and university faculty are campaigning to put decent work back on the agenda at post-secondary institutions across Canada and Quebec. Take a moment to pledge your support at WeTeachOntario.ca. To share on Facebook click here. Too many faculty are working on short, partial-term contracts where they face job… Continue Reading Week of action on campuses!
Leaders from a variety of faith communities have launched an online statement in support of the campaign for $15 and Fairness. The statement reads, in part: “As religious and spiritual leaders, we have a history of pursuing fairness, justice, and compassion in our communities. We know that decent working conditions are essential to strong and prosperous… Continue Reading Faith leaders speak out for decent work
The October 1 rally drew thousands from across Ontario to Queen’s Park where we stood together calling for a $15 minimum wage and fairness for all workers. We heard from public and private sector workers, including those who work in retail, hospitality and food services, construction, libraries, security, colleges, universities and more. Together we sent a strong… Continue Reading What a kick-off we had for Decent Work Week!
Throughout Ontario, workers are organizing in their communities to bring the $15 & Fairness message directly to Queen’s Park on October 1st. Scroll down for more information about the October 1st rally and how to get there. Latest bus information Labour councils, community groups and allies are sponsoring buses to bring people from across Ontario to Queen’s Park… Continue Reading Latest bus information for October 1st
October 7 is the World Day for Decent Work and gets celebrated in communities around the globe. Here in Ontario the Fight for $15 & Fairness campaign and allies will mark the day by organizing a week of action that will be kicked off with a mass-rally at Queen’s Park on October 1st. With the… Continue Reading Announcing the Decent Work Week of Action
The Fight for $15 and Fairness has had a fantastic summer of organizing and mobilizing in communities across Ontario, from Windsor to Thunder Bay! We organized in our workplaces, communities and campuses, drawing hundreds of people to forums, outreach blitzes and skills-sharing events. Labour Day celebrations across Ontario provided a critical platform to raise the… Continue Reading Count down to October 1 – Decent Work Week
Did you know that if you are working at a company with fewer than 50 workers you can be fired for taking an unpaid day off because of an illness or family emergency? Personal Emergency Leave (PEL) allows workers to take up to 10 days of unpaid leave per year to deal with personal illness, an emergency… Continue Reading Everyone should have access to Personal Emergency Leave
The Ministry of Labour’s much anticipated Interim Report of the Changing Workplaces Review was released on July 27 and as we mentioned previously, it is clear that all of our organizing across the province has made a big impact. In the report, the advisors state: “We believe that decency at work is a fundamental and… Continue Reading Join us during August and on Labour Day!
Today, the Ministry of Labour’s Special Advisors publicly released the Changing Workplaces Review Interim Report that documents a wide array of options to address precarious work through changes to the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act. For the past year, many groups across the province, including community leaders, union members, health workers, students, temp workers and… Continue Reading Announcing the Interim Report for Changing Workplace Review
We are still awaiting the first report of the Ministry of Labour’s Changing Workplaces Review which is intended to modernize the laws that govern our work and workplaces. The first or “interim” report was originally promised for February 2016, and has been delayed every month since then. Our most recent information suggests it will be released this week,… Continue Reading Make the most of summer – join a local action
July is off to such a fantastic start for the Fight for $15 & Fairness! Last week Alberta government announced they would increase the minimum wage to $15 by 2018. Here in Ontario, we too have come a long way in putting decent work on the government’s agenda – see it for yourself in this storify. With your support and by… Continue Reading Join a summer organizing meeting near you!
On Wednesday, June 1st, we are hosting the Canadian Premiere of the award-winning documentary A Day’s Work, which exposes the harsh conditions faced by temp agency workers. We will hold two free screenings in Toronto: at 14:00 and 19:00. The film tells the story of 21-year-old Day Davis who was killed on his first day of work… Continue Reading Announcing A Day’s Work Film Screening
7 provinces, 30 municipalities, many news stories and a #15andFairness hashtag that trended throughout the day on Twitter. That’s what the April 15 pan-Canadian day of action for a $15 minimum wage and fair working conditions looked like – and you did it! This movement is growing because of the many workers, students, labour council members, health providers, teachers,… Continue Reading Report back on the April 15 Day of Action
Since March 2015, the Ministry of Labour has been reviewing the laws that govern our workplaces. As we wait for the Interim Report of this Changing Workplaces Review, communities across the province will be mobilizing on April 15 to tell our elected officials that we are watching them closely — and we want them to be… Continue Reading Join us on April 15 across Ontario to demand action on decent work
April 15 is our time to let Ontario members of provincial parliament know that we are watching them closely — and we want them to be champions of decent work. Here is the line-up for the April 15 actions happening in Toronto. For questions, email: Fightfor15andFairness@gmail.com Health provider leaflet blitz 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Dufferin Subway Station,… Continue Reading Toronto Actions for April 15
Now is the time to speak up for a $15 minimum wage for all workers. Click to view this 3-minute video and share it with your friends and colleagues. Today, the Ministry of Labour announced that Ontario’s general minimum wage would be adjusted upward by 15 cents an hour to keep up with rising prices.… Continue Reading Ontario workers need more than a 15 cent adjustment – We need a $15 minimum wage
Have you seen the poll announced today as part of the day of action against the rise of precarious work at Ontario universities? Here is what workers are saying: 88% of Ontarians want part-time professors to be converted into full-time positions before more part-time professors are hired. 85% want part-time professors to receive fair pay… Continue Reading Ontario workers are demanding fairness
Have you had enough of bad bosses breaking the law, the continuous rise of precarious work and the lack of legislated paid sick days? If so, we need your voice more than ever in the weeks and months ahead. Here’s why: Seizing the Moment Last year, the Ministry of Labour initiated the Changing Workplaces Review, a re-assessment of all our… Continue Reading 2016 is the year!
This is just a note to wish you a happy holiday season and to thank you for all your ongoing support for the Fight for $15 & Fairness. If you haven’t done so already, we hope you’ll send an email to Premier Kathleen Wynne asking her to change the laws to make work better for… Continue Reading Holiday wishes from the campaign
Are you a part-timer, “just-in-time” hire, temp worker? Ontario’s retail and service sector workers are stuck between a rock and a hard place. Families are unable to make ends meet because of insufficient hours, ever-changing schedules and poverty wages. This needs to stop! Workers deserve a $15 minimum wage and fairness on the job. Join us in… Continue Reading Day of action for retail workers
Ontario law leaves workers without protection when it comes to unstable hours and erratic schedules. Too many workers are on-call without pay, with no guarantee of hours or overtime. You can’t pay rent on question marks, nor can you buy groceries or arrange childcare. Workers deserve decent hours that pay the bills, respect at work and predictable schedules.… Continue Reading Can you pay rent on question marks?
December has begun! Holiday songs are playing on the radio, festive decorations are coming out from their dusty boxes and the new year is around the corner! This month we want to celebrate the workers who help us prepare for a wonderful holiday season. They put in long hours, greet us with a smile and… Continue Reading December Alert: Celebrating Ontario’s retail and service sector workers
Health providers know that we need better sick day policies in Ontario. Every day, they see the consequences of Ontario’s outdated laws in their clinics and emergency rooms. Health workers and advocates organized during November, the start of the flu season, to call attention to the need for legislated paid sick days. And what a month it was!… Continue Reading When Health Workers Speak Out, Elected Officials Notice!
Did you know that in Ontario employers are not required to provide paid sick days? And that employers with fewer than 50 workers can legally fire someone for taking an unpaid sick day? This has to stop! Today, Thursday November 19, people across Ontario are emailing and tweeting Premier Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Health Eric… Continue Reading Tell the Premier, Minister of Health & Minister of Labour that you support paid sick days for all!
Click here to watch this 2.5 minute video and to share it with your friends and co-workers Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-term Care advises people to stay home if they are sick. For millions of workers, however, this is not an option. Current employment law leaves workers without any paid sick day guarantees, forcing them… Continue Reading New video: Fairness means paid sick days
With the start of the flu season, health care providers and advocates are telling our elected officials that paid sick days is a matter of public health. Thanks to the hard work of the $15 & Fairness supporters across the province, last Thursday’s release of the public statement for paid sick days with well over 700 signatures was… Continue Reading Campaign for paid sick days launched at Queen’s Park
Ontario’s first legislated cost of living adjustment to the minimum wage takes effect October 1. With indexation, workers have won an important milestone, but we still need at least $15 an hour. A new leaflet explaining the changes is available here. “The fact we have a legislated cost of living adjustment is a testament to the pressure brought to bear… Continue Reading 25¢ minimum wage adjustment is important milestone – but workers still need $15 minimum wage
Today, Operation Maple is releasing a new video highlighting the need for a $15 minimum wage for workers who fall under federal rules and regulations. Such workers include airline workers, bank tellers, certain call centre workers, and many others whose working conditions are not governed by provincial laws. You can watch the video here and help promote it on Facebook and Twitter. You might consider… Continue Reading $15 Federal Minimum Wage: Operation Maple Releases New Video
The Federal Election is now in full swing and we have a chance to make fair wages a key election issue. The popularity of the Fight for $15 & Fairness campaign in Ontario and similar campaigns in BC, Nova Scotia and elsewhere has pushed at least one federal party, the New Democratic Party (NDP), to promise a $15 minimum wage for all… Continue Reading Federal Election Alert: Let’s ramp up the fight for decent work!
There is a growing consensus across Canada — and indeed across North America — that all workers deserve at least $15 an hour. So popular is the notion of a $15 minimum wage that the matter is now a key issue in the federal election. Tellingly, opponents of a federal $15 minimum wage are not… Continue Reading A $15 minimum wage is a federal election issue. Here’s why:
We’ve been talking a lot lately about the Ontario government’s review of provincial labour laws, the Changing Workplaces Review (CWR). The review is an opportunity to make key changes to the Employment Standards Act that could better protect workers and push back against precarious and low-wage jobs. We have been organizing across the province to make sure these changes… Continue Reading The Fight for $15 & Fairness is a gender pay equity issue
The Fight for $15 & Fairness has been busy this week! In Cambridge last night, the Social Planning Council of Cambridge & North Dumpfries and the House of Friendship organized a forum on employment standards and decent work. Over 60 people turned out to hear from workers in the community and their experiences of bad jobs. David… Continue Reading This week’s round-up: Talking about decent work across Ontario
This week has seen a string of victories for the Fight for $15 in the US! The New York Wage Board recommended a $15 minimum wage for all fast-food workers in the state. The wage increase would take place over the next few years, increasing faster in the city of New York to account for the higher cost… Continue Reading Major gains made in the US Fight for $15: LA County, University of California, and NY state fast food workers win a $15 minimum wage!
Last week, Unifor Local 414, the union representing 4,000 workers at Metro grocery stores in the Greater Toronto Area, negotiated a collective agreement that pushes back on erratic scheduling and insufficient hours for part-time workers. Read about the agreement here. The agreement guarantees minimum hours for workers and requires that workers get their schedules 5… Continue Reading Grocery store workers pushing back on unfair scheduling and hours
Ontarians call in to talk about decent work and the labour law review On July 2, Deena Ladd from the Workers’ Action Centre was on CBC radio’s Ontario Today phone-in show to talk about decent work and how the government’s labour law review could help us get there. Workers and concerned individuals from across Ontario… Continue Reading Ontario talks about decent work & climate justice
We’ve told you about the case of Angel Reyes, who worked through a temp agency – United Staffing – at the same workplace – Canada Fibres Inc. – for 5 years at minimum wage. He spoke to the Toronto Star in May about his experiences as a temp agency worker, and days later was dismissed. As his case made… Continue Reading We need better enforcement: what the case of Canada Fibres Inc. means
In May, the Toronto Star did a four-part series on precarious work, highlighting some key areas where the law needs to change to better protect workers. One article focused on temp agencies, and how the law does not adequately regulate them or the companies who use them. The story focused on Angel Reyes, who had been working through the… Continue Reading Temp agency workers in limbo: it’s time for change
Public consultations begin today: Email & tweet the Minister of Labour! The government is reviewing Ontario’s labour laws for the first time in a generation. The Changing Workplaces Review (CWR) is holding public consultations starting today in Toronto, and in 8 other cities across the province through June, July and September. Now is the time for the… Continue Reading Public consultations start today: ideas for action, updates & upcoming events
During Constituency Week in May, members of the Fight for $15 & Fairness met with MPPs across the province to talk about the government’s review of labour laws that is currently underway, and put forward our demands for how the laws should better protect workers. And the results are already showing. MPP Cristina Martins (Davenport) submitted a letter… Continue Reading MPPs responding to calls to make our labour laws better
The current enforcement model of employment standards in Ontario does little to deter violations of the law: the system is understaffed, depends on workers who have experienced violations to confront their bosses, and rarely imposes penalties on employers beyond what they already should have paid. Good enforcement should make it cost – not pay –… Continue Reading ‘Ontario employers get slap on wrist for mistreating employees’: 4th article in Toronto Star series
A dizzying array of exemptions, loopholes, and gaps have eroded the Employment Standards Act’s ability to serve as a minimum floor of rights, and too many workers are falling through the cracks. Read today’s article, ‘Ontario allowing employers to fire workers without cause’, the third in a four part series. The Ontario government has launched a review… Continue Reading ‘Ontario allowing employers to fire workers without cause’: 3rd article in Toronto Star series
On Friday May 15, organizers with the Fight for $15 & Fairness started meeting with MPPs across Ontario to bring our campaign message to them directly. We’re telling MPPs that workers in Ontario deserve a $15 an hour minimum wage that brings them above the poverty line, with no exemptions for any worker; that workers… Continue Reading Fight for $15 & Fairness begins meetings with MPPs across Ontario
The Ontario government has announced the dates and locations of the first public consultations being undertaken for its review of labour laws, the Changing Workplaces Review (CWR). The dates and locations are as follows: To register to make a presentation at the consultations, email CWR.SpecialAdvisors@ontario.ca or call 1-888-868-5844. You can also submit your testimony in… Continue Reading Public consultations announced for review of Ontario’s labour laws
Temp agency workers get paid lower hourly wages, don’t get benefits, and can sometimes be ‘temporary’ for years at the same workplace. Ontario’s Employment Standards Act doesn’t prevent any of that. Read today’s article, ‘Ontario employers cashing in on temporary workers’, the second in a four part series. The Ontario government has launched a review… Continue Reading ‘Ontario employers cashing in on temporary workers’: 2nd article in Toronto Star series
The Ontario government has launched a review of the Employment Standards Act and Labour Relations Act in Ontario. This is an important opportunity for changing the laws to better protect workers. The Toronto Star is doing a four-part series on some of the key issues facing workers in precarious and low-wage jobs in the province.… Continue Reading Toronto Star series on precarious work: every Monday in May
On April 15, the Fight for $15 & Fairness officially launched across Ontario, with over 15 actions in 10 cities! Actions took place in Toronto, London, Peterborough, Hamilton, Ottawa, North Bay, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, and Oshawa. And throughout the day, people across the province emailed and tweeted the Minister of Labour and the Premier to… Continue Reading Fight for $15 & Fairness launches province-wide as a global movement grows!
On April 15, workers across Ontario and across North America will be out on the streets to demand decent work. Workers will be walking off the job in over 100 US cities, with solidarity actions in 40 countries around the world, in their Fight for $15. We will be launching the Fight for $15 &… Continue Reading April 15th Day of Action
The Ontario government has launched a review of the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act, during which it will undertake “consultations on the changing nature of modern workplaces”. Members of the Workers’ Action Centre have spent the past year, building upon previous research, identifying key problems workers are facing in the labour market… Continue Reading Report Released: Still Working on the Edge
Organizations from across Ontario are pleased with today’s announcement that the minimum wage is going up to $11.25 to keep up with inflation, but say the minimum wage is still too low to bring workers out of poverty. The Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage organized across the province to have the minimum wage pegged… Continue Reading Groups across Ontario applaud indexation announcement, but minimum wage still not high enough
Community groups and trade unions are hopeful that the Ontario government’s promise to review employment standards and labour law will result in meaningful improvements to work and wages across the province. “It’s clear that current minimum employment standards are insufficient to provide workers with a pathway out of poverty,” said Alastair Woods, Chairperson of the… Continue Reading Groups across Ontario say decent wages must include paid sick leave and a $15 minimum wage for all workers