Premier Wynne: It is time to ensure fairness!

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October 1 marked the 4th year that the Ontario minimum wage has been indexed to inflation. The minimum wage increased by 20¢, going from $11.40 to $11.60 an hour. The Workers’ Action Centre and our allies won this annual indexation in June 2014, along with a 75¢ increase in the … [Read more...]

Changing Workplaces Review Interim Report released – Join us in our fight for real change!

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" .....decency at work is a fundamental and principled commitment that Ontario should accept as a basis for enacting all its laws governing the workplace." Strong words of introduction as the Special Advisors released their Interim Report on Wednesday, July 27. 2016. The Ontario … [Read more...]

Former temp agency worker files lawsuit after being fired for speaking out

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Yesterday, long-time WAC member Angel Reyes filed a lawsuit in small claims court against Canada Fibres Ltd. and United Staffing Services for wrongful dismissal. Angel worked for almost 5 years sorting garbage at Canada Fibres Ltd., Toronto’s largest recycling plant, through a … [Read more...]

Public consultations announced for labour law Review

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The Ontario government has announced the dates and locations of the first public consultations being undertaken for its review of labour laws, the Changing Workplaces Review (CWR). The dates and locations are as follows:   To register to make a presentation at … [Read more...]

Toronto Star series on precarious work: every Monday in May

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As the government embarks on a review of the Employment Standards Act and Labour Relations Act in Ontario, the Toronto Star is doing a four-part series on some of the key issues facing workers in precarious and low-wage jobs in the province. The series features interviews with … [Read more...]

Executive Summary now available: Still Working on the Edge

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An executive summary is now available for the groundbreaking report released by the Workers' Action Centre on March 31, Still Working on the Edge: Rebuilding Decent Jobs from the Ground Up. Download and share widely! The Ontario government has launched a review of the … [Read more...]

WAC joins the Fight for $15 & Fairness campaign launch

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On April 15, the Fight for $15 & Fairness officially launched across Ontario, with over 15 actions in 10 cities! Actions took place in Toronto, London, Peterborough, Hamilton, Ottawa, North Bay, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, and Oshawa. April 15 was a day of global action, with the … [Read more...]

“$15 and Fairness” campaign launched

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WAC joined allies from across Canada and North America to launch the “Fight for $15 and Fairness” campaign. Toronto-area workers rallied for decent work with actions at the Ministry of Labour offices on University Avenue, at Pearson International Airport and at McDonald’s Canada … [Read more...]

New Report Released: Still Working on the Edge

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The Ontario government has launched a review of the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act, during which it will undertake “consultations on the changing nature of modern workplaces”.  Members of the Workers’ Action Centre have spent the past year, building upon … [Read more...]

Ontario government to review employment standards

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With today’s announcement, this government can make good on it’s promise to modernize employment laws to reflect today’s economic reality.  This is particularly urgent for Toronto where nearly half of all workers are in short-term, part-time or precarious employment. Too many … [Read more...]