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Winnipeg paramedics recognized with honourary street designation

“Paramedics provide a valuable public service and are a vital part of our city and province.”  — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President 

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Workers at Toronto Bail Program ratify hard-won contract

“I’m incredibly proud to say that we stood strongly together and demanded that our work and the people we serve get the respect they deserve.” — Michelle Moore, OPSEU Local 548 bargaining team member

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HSAA member participate in best corporate challenge yet!

The funds raised will go towards new shuttlecocks, practice spaces, tryouts for golf, bowling, orienteering, and volleyball. 

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Gateway’s Okanagan casino workers on strike

Workers in Kamloops, Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton will walk off the job on June 29.

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Ontario’s majority demands decent work

It’s been an eventful month since the last time you heard from us. All of us at the Workers’ Action Centre want to thank you for getting involved before, during and after the elections as we did outreach about workers’ rights and how to protect them. Over the past few months, all of your support has made a difference. The fact that a $15 minimum wage was a major election issue means concerns affecting workers are on the table.  

As you know, Doug Ford, the leader of the Conservative party, was sworn in as Premier of Ontario on Friday, June 29.  Last week at his outdoor ceremony, Premier Ford said we all must come together under “the vision of a prosperous Ontario.” It is up to all of us to ensure that Ontario’s prosperity will truly be a shared among all people. Our goal at the Workers’ Action Centre is to make sure workers are included in the wealth that this province has to offer, rather than continue to be left behind with poverty wages. The level of the minimum wage affects workers of all different ages and backgrounds, but increasingly affects adults as this PressProgress report shows. That’s why we’ve been pushing for a $15 minimum wage—to benefit the lowest paid workers, as well as bump up other stagnating wages.

The minimum wage has gone up!


The provincial election results revealed that 60% of voters chose candidates that support a $15 minimum wage and decent work. By keeping labour laws as strong as possible, ensuring new scheduling rights and raising the minimum wage to $15 on January 1, 2019, we believe the new government should be accountable to the majority of Ontarians. Click here to download the new Fight for $15 and Fairness petition demanding that the government honour the commitments of Bill 148.  You can help send this message to our elected officials by collecting signatures in your community and mailing the petition form back to us.

Will the new Ontario government do what’s necessary when it comes to enforcing workers’ rights? Bill 148 sought to boost enforcement by hiring 175 more Employment Standards Officers (ESOs). A Toronto Star article says the “proactive inspections” carried out by ESOs are the most effective at recovering workers’ unpaid wages and addressing wage theft. Currently, the government’s freeze on hiring has now cut the number of new officers short by 100 officers. This has to change and it’s up to us to make sure the full 175 get hired!

Workers’ Action Centre organizers and allies know that we have to strengthen our defence of workers’ rights this summer. We continue to offer Know Your Rights workshops in communities across the GTA and beyond. Please contact if you’d like to host a workers’ rights workshop for 15 or more people. Your Rights At Work booklets can also be found at in English, Chinese, Spanish and Tamil. Share these resources in your community and online networks through Facebook and Twitter. Let’s make sure workers in our communities know what is at stake in the fight for decent work.

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Paid Leave for Victims of Abuse One Step Closer

NBU/NUPGE call for the government to enact paid leave for victims of domestic, intimate partner or sexual violence is one step closer to becoming a reality.

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Chicago P3 privatization scheme shows why accountability matters

As a recently announced rapid transit project in Chicago shows, the need for disclosure can change when P3 privatization schemes are involved.

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More reasons to tell us Why Unions Matter

As a reward for stepping up to this challenge, NUPGE will be increasing the prize value to $1,500! 

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Kinosao Sipi Minisowin CFS workers choose MGEU

“We continue to grow as a union in this sector and it’s because workers are recognizing the strength we have across the province representing child and family services workers.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President

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Slow Down, Move Over campaign launched

“We are asking the public to drive with awareness and if they see a vehicle with lights at the side of the road, to please slow down and move over. These roads are their workplaces and we all have a responsibility to keep them safe.” — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President

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