Join the Justice 4 Janitors rally on January 25

Join our brothers and sisters on Janaury 25, 2016 12 noon – 1 pm.

Their struggle is our struggle. Agencies must comply with the labour laws. Companies who use agencies must ensure that these agencies comply with the law.

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Justice for Janitors

Toronto janitors take on property moguls

Mila Viernes a cleaner with 9 years of experience who was fired from a Dream REIT building because she wanted to join a union.

By David Bush
A couple of dozen janitors and their supporters protested outside the corporate headquarters of Dream Office REIT, one of Canada’s largest estate companies, in downtown Toronto on Tuesday. The lunchtime rally was organized by the Service Employees International Union Local 2 in an effort to shed light on the company’s poor labour record. The companies that Dream REIT have chosen to contract out its cleaning services to have been accused of numerous labour violations such as not retaining when a contract was flipped because workers wanted to join a union, paying below the minimum wage and not paying proper severance and termination pay.

Click this link to read the full article.David Bush article.

See also Toronto Star’s coverage on the story.

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Filipino Workers Network @ Lumad Prayer Service

massforlumadOur sisters, Cecilia Austria and Rafunzel Korngut participated in the Mass for the Lumad Prayer Service and Community gathering at St. Dunstan’s Parish Church last Sunday, November 28, 2015 from 3:00-6:30 pm.

The prayer service was con-celebrated by Rev Irene T, Rev Dante Coloma and Rev Bob McElhinney. MP Bill Blair of the Scarborough South West was in attendance as well as leaders from the various Filipino community organizations and parishioners. Beautiful music was provided by Belinda Corpuz and Tim Parayno at the prayer service while Norman Crisostomo, Lui Queano, Rhea Gamana and Tambuli  sang original Filipino progressive songs at the community gathering. Our thanks to Fr. Jeff Masterson who welcomed us in the parish church. The event was organized by ICHRP and PATAC.

The prayer service was one of the events held as part of the campaign to stop the killing of the Lumad indigenous people in the Philippines. The International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) also sent an open letter to the President of the Philippines Benigno Aquino III express urgent concerns regarding the violent attacks on Indigenous Peoples (Lumads) in Mindanao. The Philippine Star, a newspaper in the Philippines declined to publish the open letter as a paid ad “due to political reasons”. The request to publish was made during the APEC meeting in Manila.

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Christmas Salo-salo ng Filipino Workers

fwnDECDecember 5, 2015, 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm

60 Richmond St E

Toronto, Ontario

Come and join Filipino Workers from various unions and organizations.

Sayawan, Kantahan, Kuwentuhan

(Dancing, Singing and Chatting)


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Ganz Training on December 12, 2015

On December 12, 2015,  the Filipino Workers Network will conduct its first Ganz training with select SEIU Local 1 Filipino union leaders and the Filipino Workers Network Steering Committee members.

December 12, 2015, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

OFL Building, 15 Gervais Dr., Toronto, Ontario

Please RSVP. Limited seating.

Call 4163208703 or email for information.

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Bring the GANZ out: A leadership training for Filipino Workers

Ganz training is a popular training developed by Marshall Ganz, a successful organizer and now a senior lecturer in public policy at Harvard University. He teaches, researches, and writes on leadership, organization, and strategy in social movements, civic associations, and politics at the Kennedy School of Government.

Ganz training is a product of years of experience that Marshall Ganz acquired in his work with students, farmworkers and community organizations, since 1964.

On December 12, 2015,  the Filipino Workers Network will conduct its first Ganz training with select SEIU Local 1 Filipino union leaders and the Filipino Workers Network Steering Committee members.

Call 4163208703 or email for information.

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Christmas Salo-Salo


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Jobs and Employment

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Do you need help with your resume or interview skills?– Contact Labour Education Services for employment assistance.

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FILIPINO WORKERS NETWORK DEPLORES USING RACISM TO WIN VOTES                                      Oct 13, 2015

In six days, October 19 federal election is upon us. The Filipino Workers Network (FWN) of the Toronto & York Region Labour Council expresses our deep concern over how the issue of niqab has been raised repeatedly to incite the politics of fear and division. We, the Filipino Workers Network, affirm messages of solidarity to our Muslim sisters and brothers. We strongly criticize the use of racism and xenophobia to divide the community and stir them away from the real issues in this federal election.


The Filipino Workers Network condemns using racism to win votes. We remember the Filipino community’s struggle in 1993 when Filipino youth were banned from the Scarborough Town Centre because they are Filipinos. We remember the mauling and killing of Mao Jomar Lanot in Vancouver. We remember the hate graffiti and physical violence against 25 Filipino youth at Vancouver Technical Secondary School in 1999. We remember Jeffrey Reodica who was shot by the police in 2004. We remember the racial profiling of young Filipinos in Montreal. In recent years local reports of anti-Filipino sentiments due to abusive use of the Foreign Temporary Workers program by food service industry.


Six thousand Filipinos leave the Philippines each day, because of economic and political uncertainties. Canada is now home to us and we share in Canada’s concern that we are losing good jobs, losing public utilities due to privatization and losing our rights and freedoms.


We believe this election must focus on making a better Canada. A Canada that embraces diversity, respects human rights and fights for social justice. A caring Canada that protects the environment. A Canada that cares about its people and the world.


We urge everyone to go out and vote. We have the right. Let us exercise it.




The Filipino Workers Network consists of union members volunteering with the Toronto and York Region Labour Council.

For more information please contact Paulina Corpuz

campaigns@labourcouncil.cav (416) 320-8703


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Knock, Knock

Let us join the Canadian Labour Congress campaign on

Monday, October 5, 4:30 pm

Meet at  United Steelworkers’ Hall, 25 Cecil Street Toronto.

Join the labour staff and activists as we go door-to-door in Toronto Centre, University-Rosedale and York South – Weston to support candidates who share our values and can deliver change we need.

Call or text 416-320-8703 for information

Or email us:

Alternatively, you can choose to directly volunteer online: or register online at:


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Contact Us

Call: 416. 441. 3663 Fax: 416.441.8405 Email: Mail to: 15 Gervais Dr., Ste. 407, Don Mills, ON M3C 1Y8 OR contact Paulina at or call her at 416 320 8703

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