Pam Frache

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    Strategy Meeting - February 24, 25, 26

    Mark your calendars and tell everyone you know: the Justice for Workers Provincial Strategy Meeting is from Friday, February 24 to Sunday, February 26 in Toronto!

    This in-person organizing meeting brings together workers from across the province to learn from one another and plan the next steps of the campaign. 

    Please RSVP now to let us know you're coming! We'll send out more information and a detailed schedule shortly. 

    WHEN
    February 24, 2023 at 9:00am
    WHERE
    Toronto Metropolitan University
    Toronto, ON
    Canada
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  • 3 Easy Solidarity Actions this Labour Day Weekend

    It’s Labour Day weekend! To find a local labour day event in your community, click here for listings across Canada. 

    Here are three easy solidarity actions to take this weekend:

    #1 Support the pan-Canadian Day of Action for Status for All on Sunday, September 18th.



    To ensure all of us have equal protections under the law, we need full immigration status. That means status upon arrival for all migrants and regularization for those of us who are undocumented.

    Thanks to migrant-led organizing and growing solidarity across the country [1], the federal government is - right now - developing policy on all these fronts. But corporations profiting from keeping workers in precarious circumstances are lobbying against the proposal. We need to counter this opposition by mobilizing across the country.

    Help us spread the word on labour day. Here’s a flyer to share with your co-workers, friends and family. You could even print a few and bring them with you to your local labour day event. 


    #2 Take action to protect access to Employment Insurance. Don’t let the federal government make it worse! 


    If we don’t act now, Employment Insurance (EI) is going to be much harder to access from September 25 onward. That’s because the federal government has signalled its intention to revert to the old EI rules that puts EI benefits out of reach for so many of us. This government promised to improve EI permanently, and now it is going backward.

    Please sign this petition to fix EI

    To learn more about what’s at stake, read and share this flyer. You could even bring copies to your local labour day event or picnic!  

    There are also 2 crucial days of action on September 7 and September 10, where you can help sound the alarm with our federal elected representatives. 


    #3 Please make a financial contribution to support our work.



    All summer long we have been postering, leafleting, rallying, educating and organizing to build a united workers’ movement. But we can’t do it without you or your financial support. 

    This Labour Day weekend, please consider becoming a monthly donor. Just $20 a month will help us train more people and organize in more communities.

    Will you make a special labour day contribution to support our fight?

    Resources and upcoming events

    Please RSVP for the September Ontario-wide online organizing meeting and check out these upcoming actions we’re supporting. And for leaflets, posters, factsheets and other backgrounders, check out our resources page

    Have a great weekend!

    Pam Frache for Justice for Workers


    [1] Toronto Star endorses the call for Status for ALL, August 29th, 2022.

    Simply relaxing rules for employers to hire more temporary foreign workers, as the federal government did this past April, does nothing to address its flaws. Furthermore, bringing in temporary foreign workers to work in low-wage jobs means that employers may opt for workers with fewer rights than workers already living in Canada who may be struggling to find work yet can’t be so easily taken advantage of.

    “Next month, the Migrants Rights Network will hold rallies across Canada calling for status for all undocumented people, migrant workers, students, families and refugees. It’s a righteous cause that will help improve the lives of many people — and make Canada a safe place for workers to contribute to the country’s prosperity.”


  • Reinstate the rules that made it easier to get EI and Fix Employment Insurance permanently!

    It's urgent we reinstate the temporary recovery measures that made it easier to get EI as a bridge to permanent improvements. Workers are already facing a huge jump in the current minimum of 420 qualifying hours for both Regular and Special Benefits (parental, sickness, etc), and the allocation/clawback of separation payments. Women, workers of colour, and others in precarious jobs are being disproportionately harmed by the government's inaction.

    At the start of COVID, the federal government relaxed EI eligibility to improve access to emergency support for those most in need. Without these supports, it would have been much worse for workers and their families due to the COVID closures, lockdowns and layoffs. As a Statistics Canada report shows, the positive impact of an accessible EI system on workers' lives is undeniable. [1]

    An inaccessible and inadequate EI program is another disaster for workers who need access to EI now when the next crisis hits. That's why we are demanding the federal government immediately extend the temporary EI measures and implement the following permanent changes: 

    • Expand EI access:
      • A 360-hour or 12-week qualifying rule with 50 weeks of income support
      • An end to harsh disqualification rules
      • Ensure migrant workers have access to EI
      • End misclassification, a practice where employers falsely label their employees as self-employed independent contractors to avoid paying their fair share of EI and CPP.
    • Improve the weekly benefit rate and include a guaranteed weekly minimum
    • Fund a new, annual federal government contribution to EI to help pay for improvements, provide adequate staffing with fair pay, and ensure EI acts as an effective economic stabilizer at times of crisis.

    [1] "Pandemic benefits cushion losses for low-income earners and narrow income inequality." Statistics Canada. July 13th, 2022.

    Please add your name to the petition to fix employment insurance:

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  • Urgent action to stop the legalization of wage theft

    Join us tonight (Tuesday) at 6:30 pm for an emergency phone action to stop Premier Doug Ford from passing legislation that will make it legal for Uber and other corporate tech giants to pay workers less than the hours they work, and deny them basic labour rights.

    Can you join this emergency action tonight?

     

    Too many gig workers are misclassified by the likes of Uber as “self-employed” to avoid paying their workers minimum wage, holiday, vacation and overtime pay. UberEats' wage theft was exposed at the Ministry of Labour just last week when an Employment Standards Officer ruled in favour of a courier who filed a complaint against the tech giant on precisely these grounds.

    On Monday, Premier Doug Ford claimed he was standing up for gig workers by announcing legislation that will "give" gig workers a $15 gig worker minimum wage. But workers should already be getting the $15 minimum wage. That so many gig workers are not reflects the failure of this government to address illegal misclassification.

    In practice, Ford's Bill will cut gig workers wages in half, while still denying them their rights as employees such as holiday, vacation and overtime pay.

    Ford's legislation only ensures gig workers are paid for the time they are making the delivery–not when they are returning from or waiting for a delivery. So instead of standing up for workers, Doug Ford is again standing up for corporations by legalizing wage theft

    To make matters worse, the Bill also introduces two new carve-outs where more workers can legally be denied full protection under the Act.

    Even without this bill, only about one-quarter of Ontario workers are fully protected by the Employment Standards Act (ESA) because so many corporations have lobbied for – and won – exemptions to the rules. Far from strengthening the Employment Standards Act, Doug Ford is punching even more holes into it. 

    If you can't join us tonight for the emergency phone action, read on for two meetings where you can support gig workers and the fight for decent work.

     


    Sunday, March 6 | 9:30 am to 2:30 pm

    ACTIVIST ASSEMBLY

    Justice for Workers is excited to be mobilizing for the May 1 Day of Action called by the Ontario Federation of Labour. We want to demand a workers’ first agenda that includes our decent work demands, as well as housing, health care, child care, education and more. 

    We hope you can join labour and community allies to fight for decent work, build solidarity with gig workers, and make sure we elect decent work champions in the June 2 provincial election. 

    RSVP here for the Zoom link

    Tuesday, March 15 | 7:00 pm 

    ONTARIO Justice for Workers organizing meeting

    Join us for our online organizing meeting where we’ll discuss the next steps in the fight for decent work. We’ll be having a breakout room specifically dedicated to solidarity with gig workers, as well as other breakout groups addressing everything from paid sick days to the $20 minimum wage.

    RSVP here for the Zoom link 



    Thank you for all you do in the fight for decent work. Hope to see you soon!


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