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


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


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


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


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


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...]

New report: Building Decent Jobs from the Ground Up


Today we are releasing our response to the Changing Workplace Review Interim Report together with Parkdale Community Legal Services. This new report, Building Decent Jobs from the Ground Up, calls for sweeping reforms to our labour laws that are creating precarious and low waged … [Read more...]

Worker wins stolen wages after 4 years


Hard work is supposed to pay, right? Well, it didn’t for Jon Ozols. Jon, a WAC member, was working in a restaurant in downtown Toronto when he realized he wasn’t being paid fairly. He was making the student minimum wage, even though he wasn’t one. When Jon stood up for his rights … [Read more...]

Join us on October 1st at Queen’s Park


On October 1st, we want YOU to join us at Queen’s Park! We will take our message of $15 and Fairness directly to Queen’s Park with unions, community groups, students and workers from across Ontario. We want to make sure that the government is going to make important changes to … [Read more...]

Only 3 days left to support Personal Emergency Leave for all

Workers Action Centre

The Ministry of Labour is accepting submissions ONLY on the Personal Emergency Leave (PEL) outlined in the Changing Workplaces Review Interim Report until August 31. All other sections of the report have the deadline of October 14 to respond. We really encourage your organization … [Read more...]