Labour News

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.

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 or Laura Thompson at 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 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

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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!

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Global Solidarity Conference, May 6-8, 2016

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.

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Thank You. Salamat Po

Thank you. You came from all corners of the Greater Toronto Area, from east to west, north to south. Some of you came even as far as London, Vaughan, Brampton, Mississauga, Markham, Pickering, and Ajax. You chose to come to be with fellow Filipino Canadians. It is for us, Filipinos, a proud and historic moment.  You gave affirmation to the work that is being done to advance the rights and welfare of workers. You gave recognition to the struggles that workers of Filipino origin are experiencing. You made the event significant before of your presence and support. Your resounding “Yes” still echoes.

Yes, “Thousands of Filipinos leave the Philippines daily to go to countries like Canada because of worsening economic and political situation in the Philippines. 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 as a people. We are deeply concerned about poverty and injustices happening around us, about issues that affect the working families and the community. We fear for the uncertain future of our families, our children and our children’s children. As Filipino Workers Network, we join in making a better Canada, a Canada that cares about its people. A Canada that protect the rights of workers and upholds the rights and freedoms of its people.” We

Yes,”…we are committed in the fight to improve workers’ rights. We strongly support the changes to Employment Laws that will stave off poverty, benefits workers and lay the foundation for the next generation of workers.”

Yes, ” …We join and support the campaign to keep our public utilities public.”

Yes, “…we are committed to protecting our environment and ensure that workers are protected when their jobs are being eliminated or changed due to transitioning to green jobs.”

Yes, “We condemn racism.” We are continually discriminated upon as a people yet our voices are not heard. We are the invisibles or the visible minorities.

Yes,We strongly support the demand to permanent resident status for all temporary workers currently working in Canada.”

We are committed to uphold respect and dignity and better living and working conditions for all workers, unionized or non-unionized. We join in making a better Canada, a Canada that cares about its people. A Canada that protect the rights of workers and upholds the rights and freedoms of its people.” Workers’ rights are human rights! Equal rights for all workers!

Thank you for the sponsors that believe in the work that we do: Toronto & York Labour Council with support and sponsorship from the SEIU Healthcare, Unite Here Local 75, United Steelworkers USW local 1998, OCEU (Ontario Compensation Union /CUPE Local 1750 (WSIB), USW Toronto Council, USW Region and Luminus Financial.

Thank you. Salamat Po

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1st Filipino Workers Network Conference

409slide01mariaroundKEYNOTE: MARIA CASTANEDA

The highest ranking woman of Asian descent among labor leaders in the United States. She is a vice president of the 2.1 million-member Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

More information about Maria Castaneda:

Limited Space! Click here to Register Online.

Cost: Union Member – 30 | Community – $25

Download Individual Registration Form.

Download GROUP REGISTRATION FORM (for Unions and Organizations that sponsor their members).

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Facilitators’ Training

Training for Filipino Workers  who will facilitate at the April Conference.

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International Women’s Day Rally, Saturday March 5th.

IWD2016It’s time to celebrate and make the power of the women’s and labour movement be heard. Join thousands on the streets of Toronto celebrating IWD and marching for Justice on the Job, an end to the Gender Wage Gap, and Good Jobs for All. Together let’s raise our voices against poverty jobs,  violence and hate, racism and Islamophobia.


Bring your banners, flags and placards. Rally at 11am at OISE, 252 Bloor Street West. March starting at 1pm.  More info at

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Chinese Workers Network New Year Banquet


When: Sun, February 28, 5:00pm – 8:30pm
Where: 4438 Sheppard Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1S 1V2, Canada (map)
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Keep Hydro Public


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CUPE79 begin Work2Rule

Come to City Hall this Thursday at noon to support CUPE Local 79!
After months of fending off massive concessions, CUPE Local 79 members responsible for childcare, recreation and other indoor jobs at the City of Toronto began a work-to-rule campaign this week.  Mayor Tory and his Conservative Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong are demanding cuts from these front-line workers, many of whom have precarious jobs, even while providing police with a cumulative pay increase of 8.64 per cent over four years. The police budget ballooned over $1 billion this year. See what Royson James has to say about it Find out more at

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Thank you. Salamat.

Thank you to the sponsors and supporters of the First Filipino Conference.

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