Toronto, ON – Ontario’s labour laws are set for review this year and there is a lot on the line.
It has been 20 years since labour laws were re-opened in Ontario and that was under a Mike Harris government, when many of the gains made during the province’s first-ever NDP government were rolled back.
This year, the Ontario government appointed two Special Advisors to head up a “Changing Workplaces Review.” C. Michael Mitchell and the Honourable John C. Murray released their discussion paper in May.
There can be little doubt that this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to change Ontario’s outmoded labour laws in order to lift employment standards for every worker and provide easier access to unionization and the protections it affords.
History has shown that when workers act collectively in their workplace they can improve their wages and working conditions. Such collective action has resulted in critical improvements in health and safety standards for workers and for decent wages and benefits.
The IAM in cooperation with other OFL affiliates is asking union members, their families and their friends to send a message to their local MPP’s via our Make It Fair postcard campaign.
Key among the OFL’s recommendations are:Read More »Reforming Ontario Labour Laws
On Saturday, January 21, 2017, people of all genders, ages, races, abilities, backgrounds, and orientations will take part in the Women’s March on Washington and solidarity marches in more than 380 cities around the world. Barb will be marching in Vancouver, Marie will be in Toronto, and we wanted to tell you more about why we’re marching.
We march because we are inspired by the truly grassroots beginnings of this day of action, and the principles outlined by the organizers. Like them, we believe in building a world where violence against women, racial profiling, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of violence and discrimination, have no place in our homes, workplaces or communities.
Canada’s unions know that gender, racial, and economic justice are inextricably linked. We march because, as the vision statement says, “We must create a society in which women—in particular Black women, Native women, poor women, immigrant women, Muslim women, and queer and trans women—are free and able to care for and nurture their families, however they are formed, in safe and healthy environments free from structural impediments.”
We know women are disproportionately represented in low-wage, precarious work, so we march for decent work – including $15 and fairness, and equal pay for work of equal value.Read More »#WhyWeMarch