USING BILL 148 TOOLS FOR ECONOMIC JUSTICE
Statement from the Toronto & York Region Labour Council
Sometime early in 2018, Bill 148 will become law. When it does, unions and workers will suddenly
have a new set of tools to use for organizing and winning economic justice for hundreds of
thousands of Ontarians. They won’t be everything we wanted, and still not everything needed to
correct the imbalance of power in the modern economy. But workers have produced wonders using
even the most basic tools – when given a chance to apply their skills and creativity.
Here’s what we will have won:
Card-check for sectors dominated by contractor competition – cleaning, food services,
security and community home care. That means once a majority of workers sign a union
card, they get certified as the union for the workplace. No more mandatory vote interval
tainted by intimidation and fear.
Successor rights for workers in cleaning, food and security services – if the contractor
changes, people keep their jobs, seniority and union agreement.
Easier access to unionization – including the right to get a full employee list once 20% of
workers have signed union cards. A lower bar for remedial certification if the company
engages in reprisals or misconduct, and easier first contract arbitration. Possible
consolidation of new units with existing agreements.
(Photo from Senator Enverga’s website).
The unexpected news of his death leaves the Filipino community a great feeling of loss. No matter the politics, Senator Tobias “Jun” Enverga has touched the lives of many. He has dedicated and committed to the advancement of the vulnerable. I met him as a volunteer of the Philippine Independence Day Council. He was the PIDC President then. My vivid memory of him is when we were helping gather signatures for the cause of the late Juana Tejada. Senator Enverga allowed the announcing and gathering of signatures in the Salo-salo Senator’s last press release was about the Caregiver’s plight and how the current government is failing them-the issue of backlog.
Senator Enverga, God has called you. Your mission is complete on earth. May the Good Lord continue to shine His light on you and your family.
Come and join us as we learn about
OPPORTUNITIES for JOBS and TRAINING
Network with your fellow workers and learn more from experienced experts and guests who will give information about jobs and training particularly in trades and construction.
Invited SPEAKERS and PRESENTERS are from the Toronto Community Benefits Network, Labour Education Centre, Toronto & York Region Labour Council and more.
Paulina Corpuz – 416-320-8703 OR Lei Eigo – 416-453-1419.
Kung may anak kang nag-aaral sa kolehiyo, alam mong wala silang pasok ng ilang linggo na. Bakit? Dahil may welga ang mga guro and manggagawa ng mga kolehiyo. Habang tayong mga magulang ay tuloy sa pagbabayad ng pataas at pataas ng tuition fee, angmga gurong nagtuturo sa ating mga anak ay nasa precarious at vulnerable kalagayan. Tuwing semestre sila ay nag-aaplay sa kanilang posisyon. So imbes na maghanda ng magandang lesson plan, ang iniisip nila ay kung paano mag-aplay ng trabaho ang matanggap ulit. Kung alam din ng naman ng kolehiyo na regular ang klaseng ibinigay, bakit hindi iregular ang mga guro at manggagawa? Suportahan mo nating ang laban ng mga guro at manggagawa.
Patindi ng patindi and diskusyon tungkols sa Bill 148. Kasalukuyan ang konsultasyon sa Legislativo ng Ontario. Kailangan nating ipaalam sa ating mga MP na kailangan ipasa ang Bill 148 kasama ang mga rekomendasyon ng Make It Fair. Sumulat sa inyong mga MP. Click dito para sumulat sa inyong sariling MP.
Bakit mahalaga? Basahin mo natin ang flyer sa ibaba upang malaman kung anong pagbabago ang mangyayari sa inyong buhay kapag ipinasa ang Bill 148 ayon sa rekomendasyon ng labour.
Community Benefits from Public Transit Expansion
Metrolinx has adopted a Community Benefits Framework to ensure transit infrastructure investments provide benefits to communities, including employment, training, apprenticeship, local suppliers and social procurement opportunities. The Community Benefits Framework is in partnership with the Toronto Community Benefits Network for the Toronto transit projects (LRT along Finch, Sheppard and Eglinton Avenues), beginning with the Eglinton Crosstown LRT line. Labour Council has highlighted apprentices entering the trades, but some of the other achievements of this program are young people who have been able to get jobs in the Professional, Administrative or Technical (PAT) occupations. Let us introduce you to Prajwal Amatya, a Computer Aided Designer/Drafter, and one of Crosslinx Transit Solutions Community Benefits’ hires. See Prajwal’s story of how the Community Benefits program helped him find a permanent job.
Employer jailed for working at heights Violation
An Ontario employer has been sentenced to one day in jail and fined $10,000 for failure to ensure a worker has adequate fall protection.A Ministry of Labour inspector attended a jobsite in Belleville in October 2015 and observed a roofer working at a height above three metres without fall protection. The same employer had prior convictions for the same offense in 2013 and 2015. Falls from heights is the leading cause of traumatic deaths in the construction sector.
Construction workers must complete a MOL-approved working at heights training program before they start work at heights and use fall protection equipment, or be enrolled in a MOL-approved training program scheduled prior to October 1, 2017 compliance deadline. Need working at heights training? Call your union or Labour Education Centre 647-296-4176. www.lecsafetytraining.com/
Sisters of the Roundtable 3: Unity is Power – June 17
Labour Council’s Women’s Committee invites all sisters in struggle to attend this conversation on organizing for equality in our unions, workplaces & communities. Panelists and World Café will discuss: The Women’s March Movement; Organizing Against Islamophobia, Racism and Anti-Black Racism; Strikes and Union Organizing Success Stories
Saturday, June 17, 9 am-1pm, OPSEU Regional Office at 31 Wellesley St. E. Contact Mary Ellen McIlmoyle at firstname.lastname@example.org or Laura Thompson at email@example.com for more information or to confirm attendance. Light refreshments will be provided; childminding available – confirm childminding by June 10th; free registration.
Let’s RISE! Rally & March for Good Hotel Jobs – June 22
Over the last decade, through the Hotel Workers Rising campaign we have built hotel jobs into good stable jobs for thousands of Toronto residents, most of whom are immigrants, women and people of colour. Join UNITEHERE Local 75 as we organize together to take the next step forward, and help kick off the 2018 round of hotel bargaining. March to the Renaissance Rogers Centre, where new members of Local 75 are fighting to win their first union contract!
Thursday, June 22nd at 4:30pm at Fairmont Royal York Hotel (100 Front Street West) at 4:30pm, then march to the Renaissance Hotel Toronto Downtown (Rogers Centre, 1 Blue Jays Way)
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
NDP Leadership Debate – June 22
The United Steelworkers will host a labour-focused debate between the NDP leadership candidates in Toronto on Thursday, June 22. It is the opportunity for each of the NDP leadership candidates on the pressing issues affecting workers, our families and our communities. All of the leadership candidates have been invited to the Toronto Leadership Debate: Labour, Justice and Our future, which will take place at the Isabel Bader Theatre at 7pm. Members of affiliated labour organizations will be encouraged to attend and submit questions. Register at http://ow.ly/eAIG30cyt4S
ABORIGINAL & WORKERS OF COLOUR (AWOC)
CONFERENCE REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
On Saturday May 14th Labour Council will hold it’s annual AWOC Conference at the Toronto Don Valley Hotel.
Exciting keynote by TERRY MELVIN – President of CBTU, Secretary-Treasurer of New York State AFL-CIO.
The conference title is “Developing Leaders – for Today’s Issues and Tomorrow’s Struggles”. Registration is only $60 (inc. lunch & parking). We look forward to many new activists attending this year.
Click on image to download registration form & select your workshops!
For 2016 LabourStart will be returning to Canada for our Global Solidarity Conference. The conference will be held in partnership with the Labour Council of Toronto and York Region in the city of Toronto, 6-8 May, at Ryerson University.