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GTAC Workers’ Arts and Heritage Centre Trip

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Saturday, July 9th
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM (approx.)

On Saturday, July 9th, the Greater Toronto Area Council has arranged a tour of the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre in Hamilton. The cost of the trip is $20 per person and includes admission to the centre, tour, lunch and transportation to the Centre. The maximum amount of attendees is limited to 40 people and is limited to OPSEU members and 1 guest. If you would like to RSVP to join us on this outing please sign up on our event page at:  https://www.facebook.com/events/482465465287825/  or by emailing us at:   gtac@opseugtac.com by July 4th. If you have any questions about the trip please email us at: gtac@opseugtac.com

The Workers Arts and Heritage was conceived in the late 1980’s by a dynamic group of labour historians, artists, and union and community activists who gathered together to discuss the need for a place where workers’ history could be celebrated. In 1996, after intense work by a volunteer board of directors, the (Ontario) Workers Arts and Heritage Centre purchased the historic Custom House on Stuart Street in the north end of Hamilton. The building is ideally situated in the heart of a working-class neighbourhood.

The Workers Arts and Heritage Centre aims to preserve, honour and promote the culture and history of all working people. But we also hope to learn from the past towards challenging the future – for future generations. The contributions of working people – not only in Canadian history but worldwide – are showcased in art, exhibits, and performances. Their labour and advocacy has made this country a fair and vibrant place to live and work, and we acknowledge these struggles. Without them, Canadians would not be living in a country ranked among the best in the world.

For more information about the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre please visit: http://wahc-museum.ca/

We will leave from OPSEU’s Toronto office at 9:00 AM sharp and leaving to return at approx. 3:30 PM. The cost will be collected at the bus prior to leaving.

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The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) – which represents 54 affiliates and one million workers across
the province – is pleased to make a submission to the Government of Ontario on the development of the 2017 budget.

In an effort to build Ontario up, this document provides several recommendations that are expected to help shape the government’s upcoming fiscal and legislative agendas.

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January 18, 2017
The Honourable Charles Sousa
Minister of Finance
c/o Budget Secretariat
Frost Building North, 3rd Floor
95 Grosvenor Street
Toronto, ON M7A 1Z1

Dear Minister Sousa,

The 2017 budget is an important opportunity for the government to speak to Ontarians, to listen to their concerns, and to create an Ontario that reflects their realities and their hopes.

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) has great hopes for the future of employment in this province. The 2017 budget should build workers up. It should ensure that all workers will be protected by a higher standard of employment and labour laws. It should ensure that women and men as well as racialized and non-racialized workers will be treated equitably in the labour market. It should ensure that all young people will be able to access a universal, tuition-free post-secondary education system. It should ensure that all Ontarians will enjoy a decent standard of living.

As a champion of unionized and non-unionized workers in this province, the OFL calls on the government to create an economy that is decent, fair, and equitable – where no one is left behind. This bold vision is needed to maintain economic momentum and to secure a future of shared prosperity.

It’s time to build Ontarians up.

Sincerely,

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