Grey Bruce Labour Council IWD Press Release

March 1st,2021-For Immediate Release

Grey Bruce Labour Council-International Women’s Day

The global pandemic was about to land squarely on us as we approached International Women’s Day (IWD) in 2020. Thankfully, many of the IWD events actually took place before we entered the vast uncertainty that still besets us in March of 2021. The Grey Bruce Labour Council has provided support and aided in sponsorship of IWD events in the Grey Bruce region for many years. “First and foremost, says Labour Council President Kevin Smith, the support of the Grey Bruce Labour Council is to help ensure that the very necessary services of the shelters for women and children in our region may continue to offer their care in times of great personal crisis for many.”

Anna Morrison, Labour Council Sergeant at Arms, knows very well that organized labour has played a significant part in many advances made towards equity and equality, and “IWD is a day of celebration, but like other seminal days of the year, IWD is a time to rededicate ourselves to ensuring that violence against women and children is forever irradicated.”  Labour Council Secretary, Amy Stephen adds, “for decades labour has played a significant role, but perhaps none more so than the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) Women’s Committee. The committee was formed in 1976. Members of the committee organized and mobilized demonstrations, strike support, civil disobedience, marches, and lobbies to name but a few activities. Amongst many issues we find, maternity leave, ending racist immigration policies, equal pay for work of equal value, family law reform, childcare, full access to abortion and midwifery, an end to violence against women, LGBTQ rights, and union recognition.”

The Grey Bruce Labour Council is proud to be part of the Women’s Centre of Grey Bruce’s event on International Women’s Day March 8th.  OPSEU sister and Labour Council delegate, Karen Gventer, will be hosting the “Women in the Workforce – Gender Wage Gap” breakout room on behalf of Grey Bruce Labour Council.  Labour Council VP for Bruce, Dave Trumble, notes “in further support of IWD the Labour Council is pleased to sponsor up to five (5) women to attend this event”.

Labour Council VP for Grey, Chris Stephen, looks at those whose shoulders we stand on. “So many in our society suffer discrimination, violence and much worse. Where the labour movement stands firmly for social justice and an end to violence and discrimination of all kind, labour is profoundly proud and humbled to be a partner in the celebration of all that has been accomplished because of awesome activists that have gone before us. Just as we in labour are immensely proud to be an ally as we continue to advance the causes that make our society fair, equitable and inclusive for all.”

The Grey Bruce Labour Council wishes one and all a happy International Women’s Day this March the 8th, but more importantly be prepared to speak up when injustice is taking place. Injustice abounds in this COVID-19 world as women have become even more economically vulnerable in this pandemic. We must speak truth to power to continue to empower us all in the search for fairness and social justice that IWD so embodies.



Grey Bruce Labour Council Supports IWD

Greetings Sisters and Brothers,

    The Grey Bruce Labour Council is proud to be part of the Women’s Centre of Grey Bruce’s event on International Women’s Day March 8th.     Our sister Karen Gventer from OPSEU will be hosting the “Women in the Workforce – Gender Wage Gap”  breakout room on behalf of GBLC.   GBLC has passed a resolution to sponsor up to five (5) women to attend this event. We ask that those interested purchase their own ticket and submit the expense using the attached expense form to our treasurer Gord Cale ([email protected]) who will provide reimbursement to the first five (5) expense forms received.

International Women's Day, Women's Centre Grey Bruce

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Monday, March 8, 2021 | 8 a.m.




International Women's Day

Marked annually on March 8, International Women's Day is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity as groups come together to celebrate women's achievements and rally for women's equality.



Virtual Event

Join us for networking sessions where you can participate in a yoga demonstration, chat with various community agencies, and meet staff from The Women's Centre.


Keynote, Ashleigh Weeden, will discuss how COVID-19 has impacted rural women and Executive Director, Heather Sheldrick, will provide an overview of The Women's Centre's programs. The event will wrap-up with a silent auction chock-full of items from local vendors.



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Black History Month Event


Just wanted to remind you that the CLC is hosting a discussion on dismantling systemic anti-Black racism tomorrow at 1 pm EST, in case you haven’t registered yet.

Register here

With Ottawa getting ready to table a budget and the possibility of an election in the spring, workers in the Durham Region need to make sure Canada’s recovery efforts support Black workers and communities.

This discussion will be an important part of the steps we take to dismantle systemic racism in the future.

Hope you can log on to the event tomorrow,


Building Momentum for Paid Sick Days

Ontario Federation of Labour outraged by Ford Government’s refusal to legislate paid sick days for every Ontario worker - The Ontario Federation of Labour

February 16, 2021

(Toronto) – This morning, Doug Ford’s Conservative Government refused to support the NDP’s call for all-party consent to pass Bill 239, Peggy Sattler’s Stay Home If You Are Sick Act. Bill 239 would provide 7 permanent paid sick days, plus 14 additional days during a pandemic like the COVID-19 crisis. The Ontario Federation of Labour is outraged by the Ford Government’s refusal to immediately pass this critical legislation.

“Legislating paid sick days is a common sense action that public health officials, mayors, and workers’ advocates all agree is essential to curbing the spread of COVID-19,” said Patty Coates, Ontario Federation of Labour President, “PC MPP’s decision to continue to ignore expert advice will result in preventable illnesses and deaths. This government’s refusal to protect Ontarians is infuriating and heartbreaking.”

Workplace outbreaks continue to be a preventable hazard contributing to the spread of COVID-19. Guaranteed employer-provided paid sick days would guarantee critical protections for workers, ensuring they do not have to choose between putting food on the table and going to work sick. Despite claims by Premier Ford and Minister McNaughton that they do not want to duplicate the Federal sickness benefit, the fact is that the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit is simply not a replacement for paid sick days.

“Paid sick days ensure no income disruption and are available to every worker who needs them,” said Coates, “the Federal sickness benefit is temporary, restricted, and requires an application. Guaranteed paid sick days are the only way to ensure that workers can stay home to keep their communities safe.”

Workers in Ontario are disappointed in the Ford Government’s refusal to pass Bill 239 today. However, there is still time to legislate the Stay Home If You Are Sick Act. The Ontario Federation of Labour will continue to call on the Ontario legislature to pass this critical measure to keep Ontarians healthy and safe.

The Ontario Federation of Labour represents 54 unions and one million workers in Ontario. For information, visit and follow @OFLabour on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information, please contact:

Melissa Palermo 
Director of Communications 
Ontario Federation of Labour
[email protected] l 416-894-3456

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Are Unionized Construction Sites Safer

Are unionized construction sites safer? A new study shows they are

A unionized construction job site is a safer job site.

A new study by the Institute for Work and Health has found that lost-time injury claims to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) are 31 per cent lower on unionized building trade construction jobs than they are in a non-union environment. The study also found that claims for severe injuries are 29 per cent lower on union job sites.

The data doesn’t lie, and reaffirms what we have always suspected. Preventable incidents hurt people, reduce productivity and affect worker morale. It is encouraging to see data that a unionized job is a job being done properly and safely by people who are fully trained in what their tasks are.

The study analyzed WSIB data from more than 50,000 companies representing 1.7 million workers in the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) construction sector between 2012 and 2018. The study is a followup to a similar analysis completed in 2015 with data up to 2012, with similar conclusions: unionization is associated with lower risks of lost-time claims including both musculoskeletal injuries and more severe, critical ones.

Furthermore, the updated study has found the union safety effect has strengthened over the past five years, when claims from unionized construction workers were 23 per cent lower compared to unrepresented construction workers.

The current study also found that as the size of the company grows, the incidence of claims drops, with 36 per cent fewer claims in unionized companies with more than 50 employees — and the bigger firms tend to be unionized.

While the researchers did not investigate why unionized workers are filing fewer WSIB claims, they do note that ICI building trades unions and their contractor partners make significant investments in health and safety training, and that unionized building-trades employees are more likely to report unsafe working conditions, refuse unsafe work and ensure enforcement where needed.

Building-trades unions at work sites also tend to employ more registered apprentices and have higher journeyperson-to-apprentice ratios, according to their trade’s respective collective agreement. Unionized contractors also tend to have less worker turnover and longer job tenure.

Robert Bronk is chief executive officer of the Ontario Construction Secretariat.


Day of Mourning Contest Sponsored by the Grey-Bruce Labour Council

February 10, 2021

Attention: Affiliate Presidents

Please find below, a copy of the 2021 application form for the Day of Mourning Award. This
annual award is sponsored by the Grey Bruce Labour Council and Bruce Power and is
awarded to three high school students in Grey and Bruce who will be selected to deliver a
presentation that shares, through their experiences, an awareness and knowledge of workplace
health and safety issues. The value of each Day of Mourning Award is $250. All high school
students in Grey and Bruce Counties are eligible to apply.

In your capacity as Affiliate President, you know the importance of workplace health and safety.
We are asking for your support in making this award opportunity available to the children of your

For more information please contact:

Grey-Bruce Labour Council or
Kristen Fry
339522 Presqu’ile Rd
Kemble ON N0H 1S0
[email protected]
Thank you for your support,
Kristen Fry
This Award is Sponsored by
Bruce Power
Grey-Bruce Labour Council


Day of Mourning Contest – Three $250 Prizes

2021 Award Application

Sponsored by the Grey-Bruce Labour Council

April 28th is recognized each year as a National Day of Mourning to remember and honour workers
who have been killed, injured or are suffering occupational disease in the workplace. As the
community voice for workers and working families, the Grey-Bruce Labour Council is pleased to offer
all high school students in Bruce and Grey an opportunity to submit a presentation for our annual Day
of Mourning Contest.

Applicants must prepare a 2 to 3 minute visual or audio presentation (eg. could include an oral essay,
video, multimedia) detailing their experiences and knowledge of the importance of workplace health
and safety for young workers in our community. Student employment includes part time, coop and
volunteer work, including farm and home locations. Successful applicants will deliver their
presentation as part of the Virtual Day of Mourning Ceremony on or around April 28, 2021.

Applicant’s Name ______________________________________________________________

Applicant’s School _________________________________________________________________

Home Phone Number __________________ Home Email Address ___________________________

The value of the Day of Mourning Award is $250 each. Three students from Bruce and Grey Counties
will be selected as award winners. Transportation to the ceremonies can be arranged if needed. All
high school students throughout Bruce and Grey are eligible to submit their audio/video presentation.
Young workers need to be aware of their rights and responsibilities under the Occupational Health
and Safety Act.

Students are also encouraged to visit for information on the Workers Health and
Safety Center Post-Secondary Scholarships.

Applications must be received by March 20, 2021. The application form must accompany the
Return applications and presentations to:

Kristen Fry, 339522 Presqu’ile Rd, Kemble ON N0H 1S0
Or please email by attachment to [email protected]

This Award is Sponsored by
Grey-Bruce Labour Council

Light Up for Paid Sick Days


Take Action to Demand Bill 239 is Passed


Join the Ontario Federation of Labour’s call to pass NDP MPP Peggy Sattler’s Bill 239, the ‘Stay Home If You Are Sick Act’ for 7 permanent paid sick days, plus 14 additional days during a pandemic.


The Ontario Legislature is set to return on February 16. Let’s make it clear they need to pass Bill 239 as soon as they are back to work!


Monday, February 15 - Family Day

Paid sick days are crucial for the well-being of all families. What better way to mark the holiday than shining a spotlight on the urgency of legislated paid sick days? This family day weekend, the Ontario Federation of Labour and the Fight for $15 and Fairness are joining forces to LIGHT IT UP for paid sick days.


Join the #LightItUp for #PaidSickDays action.


What you can do:

  1. CALL YOUR MPP: Click here to use the OFL’s online tool to Call Your MPP to demand all party support for Bill 239. If your MPP is NDP you will be given the option to call Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Merrilee Fullerton, Monte McNaughton or Stephen Lecce instead.


  1. DOWNLOAD A POSTER: Click here to download and print a Light It Up poster. Hang the poster in your window, on your front door or around your neighbourhood to show your support for paid sick days. Share a selfie on social media of you holding this important message.


  • DOWNLOAD A COLOURING PAGE: For those with children, make it a family event. Click here to download and print a Light It Up colouring page. Colour and decorate the page with your child(ren) and hang the artwork in your window or on your front door.

(PS: All you educators – this would be a fun homework assignment for your students…)


  1. ADD A FRAME TO YOUR FACEBOOK PROFILE: Click here to add a temporary Light It Up frame to your Facebook profile photo.


  1. LIGHT IT UP ON FAMILY DAY: On Monday, February 15, join the #LightItUp for #PaidSickDays action. Between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Whether you are alone or with family, when the sun sets this family day, turn on your cell phone light, a flashlight, a lantern, light a candle or whatever light you have, and shine the light from your window, off your porch or balcony, your driveway, during a walk around your neighbourhood or wherever you can, to show your support for paid sick days.

Take a selfie, family photo or video, with the poster, colouring page or light, and post it on social media, saying why everyone needs paid sick days and tag your friends to do the same.

Let folks know that you expect your MPP to support Bill 239 which provides all workers with 7 permanent paid sick days, and an additional 14 paid sick days during public health outbreaks like COVID-19.

Use the hashtags #LightItUp for #PaidSickDays and tag @OFLabour.


RSVP to let us know you will be joining us in this action to demand paid sick days for all!


If you do not have social media, send your photos or video to [email protected] and we will post them for you.


#LightItUp for #PaidSickDays because #PaidSickdaysSaveLives


If you have any questions about the solidarity actions, please contact OFL Interim Director of Political Action Chandra-Li Paul (Chani) at [email protected].


In solidarity,


PATTY COATES                                                       







Executive Vice-President





Patty Coates
President, Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL)   

705-321-1441 mobile | [email protected] | @pattycoates


Executive Director, Rob Halpin:  416-707-9014 | [email protected] | @Poleconomist

Executive Secretary, Judy Chow:  416-443-7653 | [email protected] | @OFLabour |


The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) represents 54 unions and one million workers.  It is Canada’s largest provincial labour federation.



Chandra-Li Paul (Chani)

Interim Director of Political Action and Outreach

Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL)

15 Gervais Drive, Suite 202

Toronto, ON M3C 1Y8

Cell: 416-712-6125  l  [email protected] | @OFLabour |

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) represents 54 unions and one million workers.

It is Canada's largest provincial labour federation.



End Systemic anti-Black Racism

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February is the month we celebrate Black history. This year our focus is on the double crisis – a global pandemic and ongoing racial injustice.


The facts are clear:


  • Black communities have been among the hardest hit by the pandemic.
  • Black workers are at the frontlines of this pandemic.


This is not right and it needs to change now.


On February 23, we will be hosting a webinar to talk about what that change looks like.


Reserve your spot now to learn more about Black History Month and how you can help move Canada forward together:


Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Time: 1 pm (Eastern Time)


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