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 http://ow.ly/YECeG Find out more at www.betterlivesTO.ca
On January 25, 2016, a by-election is happening in Scarborough 41 of the Toronto District School Board. The trustee seat was left vacant due to the election of Shaun Chen as an MP of Scarborough North. Twenty (20) candidates are running.
If you are a public school board supporter and have not yet voted last weekend in the advance voting, please exercise your right and vote for the candidate that will put the students’ success first. Research your candidates and vote for the one who has proven leadership in the community and a strong advocate for the community. One who is qualified and ready.
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.
Our 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.
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.
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