Let’s defend and strengthen Bill 148 – Submission deadline

Workers Action Centre

After years of organizing, and most recently through the $15 & Fairness Campaign, we’ve succeeded in bringing important labour law changes to the table. Titled Bill 148 - Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, this proposed legislation aims to raise the minimum wage to $15, ensure … [Read more...]

Victory — a $15 minimum wage and more!

Ontario Premiere Announces $15 Minimum Wage

We believed that we would win, and now we are seeing workplace standards rising! The Ontario government just announced its plan to raise the minimum wage to $14 on January 1, 2018 and then to $15 on January 1, 2019. This overdue increase, along with some improvements to our … [Read more...]

Will the Government take action on $15 and Fairness?

WAC Members' Messages to MPPs_Erendira

Liberal cabinet members met this week to discuss whether some critical $15 and Fairness demands will be turned into law. It was a discussion that would never have taken place without the many years of organizing done by the Workers’ Action Centre and our many allies. For WAC … [Read more...]

70% of voters in Toronto support a $15 minimum wage

Fight for $15 & Fairness

A new Forum Research Poll that made headlines last week showed that 70% of voters in Toronto support a $15 minimum wage. These numbers are in line with another Poll released last year showing that two-thirds of Canadians wanted to see a $15 minimum wage. So far, the Federal New … [Read more...]

Repeat violators of labour law caught yet again

Workers Action Centre

What is the cost of violating our basic labour laws for Ontario businesses? Well, the Inspection Blitz Report released today by the Ministry of Labour shows that the cost is pretty insignificant - of 77 repeat offenders, only 27 employers were given a ticket (starting at $250) … [Read more...]

Share the $15 & Fairness Faith Statement

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2016 has been full of effective organizing in communities across Ontario. The many groups that make up $15 and Fairness have only gotten stronger in the fight for decent work. Health providers, migrant workers, students, unions and more continue to speak up for a $15 minimum … [Read more...]

Wishing for $15 & Fairness this holiday season

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During the holidays, we all want to kick back and relax. Unfortunately, for workers like WAC member Gabriel, instead of resting with his family, he is having to fight against wage theft. Constantly having to call and visit his employer to get the wages he is owed has become … [Read more...]

Help WAC leaders fight precarious work

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Precarious work has made a lot of headlines recently, after the Federal Finance Minister suggested that we should just get used to it. For workers dealing with low-wages, contract, and temp jobs with no benefits ”getting used to it” means poverty, stress related diseases and … [Read more...]

Why decent jobs matter for a healthy Ontario

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A new report launched today by Ryerson University provides new evidence on how precarious jobs are making our communities sicker. The report, "Working so hard, still so poor!": A Public Health Crisis in the Making?, profiled by Toronto Star this morning should be a warning sign … [Read more...]

Celebrating the World Day for Decent Work

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Today, the Toronto Star published a new video to mark October 7, which is the World Day for Decent Work. "Over half of all workers in Toronto face some kind of instability on the job: Short-term contracts. No benefits. Erratic schedules. The city is now the most unequal in … [Read more...]