The Ontario Government adjourned early this week without debating the implementation of paid sick days, while Ontarians are still hard at work trying to keep our communities healthy and safe.
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In this eblast:
- Ontario Federation of Labour urges all-party support for MPP Sattler’s “Stay Home If You Are Sick Act” Private Members Bill
- Order pins and posters for International Women’s Day: March 8, 2021
- Intersectional Gender Equity Strategy
- #GetConsent booklet in recognition of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence
- Nominations are open for the 2020 OFL Labour Honour Roll
- Petition for CP investigation (Train 301) to the Government of Canada
- Be part of the LGBTQ2 Action Plan
- Pandemic Resources From Prevention Link
- Labour Disputes
Ontario Federation of Labour urges all-party support for MPP Sattler’s “Stay Home If You Are Sick Act”
Paid sick days are essential for protecting workers and our communities. Before the legislature adjourned this week, the Ontario Federation of Labor released a statement in support of Peggy Sattler’s “Stay Home If You Are Sick Act.”
Read the full statement here.
Order pins and posters for International Women’s Day: March 8, 2021
The OFL’s March 8 Project supports women’s organizations across Ontario in their work to rise, resist, and organize for equality.
In it’s 11th year, this year’s theme is “Sheros Persist,” in honour of the many women on the frontlines. Support this project by ordering pins and posters. Learn more and order your pins and posters here.
Intersectional Gender Equity Strategy
COVID-19 has forced millions of Ontarians across the province to stay home to stop the spread of the virus. As such, there has also been an alarming uptick in domestic violence incidents across Ontario. We must eradicate domestic violence. Learn how and sign the petition urging the Government of Ontario to develop a Provincial Intersectional Gender Equity Strategy.
Sign the petition urging the Government of Ontario to adopt MPP Andrew’s Motion 89.
#GetConsent booklet in recognition of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence
The OFL is pleased to launch its #GetConsent booklet in recognition of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. The 16 Days are an opportunity to unite with partners around the world and reflect on what we can each do in our own communities and in our own lives to eliminate the disproportionate violence faced by women, girls and LGBTQ2 individuals. The #GetConsent booklet aims to educate and remind us about our role in creating a culture of consent, in sexual and non-sexual situations.
The 16 Days of Activism is an international campaign that runs annually from November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to December 10 (World Human Rights Day).
Download #GetConsent materials here.
Nominations are open for the 2020 OFL Labour Honour Roll
We are calling on OFL affiliates to submit nominations for this year’s OFL Labour Honour Roll. To be considered eligible, nominees must be former OFL members and trade union activists who are now retired or deceased. We welcome all nominations, but affiliates are encouraged to consider nominating individuals who reflect, promote and defend the diversity of our movement and who will be inspiring role models for generations to come.
All nominations must be submitted by an affiliate of the OFL. They must include a name and short biography for each nominee, as well as a letter explaining the significance of the nominee’s contributions to the broader labour movement. Nominees who were not selected in previous years may be resubmitted for consideration in subsequent years.
Please submit nominations to Judy Chow at [email protected], or by mail, 202-15 Gervais Drive, Toronto, ON M3C 1Y8. The deadline for receipt of nominations is Friday, December 18, 2020, no later than 4 p.m.
Petition for CP investigation (Train 301) to the Government of Canada
Don Ashley, National Legislative Director, Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC), is requesting your assistance on an initiative he has been working on with the help and support of Niki Ashton, NDP MP for Churchill—Keewatinook Aski, Manitoba.
You may recall on February 4, 2019, a CP train ran away down the side of mountain near Field B.C. Three TCRC members perished in this tragic accident and we, including their families, still have no answers. The incident was investigated by CP’s private police force. Regardless whether there is negligence or not this is wrong on so many levels. We have been actively trying to get an independent RCMP investigation into this incident to get answers and closure for the families.
For more information and to sign the petition, please go here.
Be part of the LGBTQ2 Action Plan
The Government of Canada recently announced the launch of an LGBTQ2 survey, as a first step towards a federal LGBTQ2 Action Plan. This survey aims to better understand the daily realities and experiences of LGBTQ2 people in Canada in areas such as employment, health care, housing and homelessness, and safety.
To learn more about how you can participate in the anonymous survey by February 28, 2021, go here.
Pandemic Resources From Prevention Link
Prevention Link has developed a batch of videos made for worker’s and representatives facing the COVID-19 pandemic. For those needing more information on filing a WSIB claim for COVID-19, attending a WSIAT video or audio hearing from home, knowing your rights at the workplace, and most importantly knowing your rights under Human Rights as it relates to COVID, take a look at our video library!
We have also developed handy factsheets on COVID-19, find them here!
Visit the OFL’s Labour Dispute Registry to stay updated and take action to support striking workers.
Right now, learn why workers at SEIU Local 2 are on strike and click here to help.
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