Ontario Federation of Labour This week’s eblast is packed with ways to take action. Use our new campaign hub to support worker input on the future of work, demand the government repeal Bill 124 & 195, and more! In this eblast: • Support Worker Input on the Future of Work • Respect & Protect Workers’ Rights • Demand Stronger Training Standards • Follow the Science Toolkit • No More Profiting from Pain • Advocating for Transgender/Transitioning Youth in Ontario Public Schools • Prevention Link Update ________________________________________ Support Worker Input on the Future of Work Ford’s Conservative Government has struck a committee on the “future of work” without any representation from workers themselves. Instead, the Ontario Workforce Recovery Advisory Committee is primarily made up of employers, while it leaves out representation from labour. The best way to ensure a better future for workers is to ensure they have a seat at the table. Email your MPP, Doug Ford, and Monte McNaughton to demand worker representation. Click here to send an email. ________________________________________ Respect & Protect Workers’ Rights Ford’s Conservative Government has a long track record of undermining workers’ rights including severely limiting wage and benefit increases for public sector workers with Bill 124 and allowing employers to override collective agreements and fair processes with Bill 195. Workers deserve to have their rights respected and protected. Take action to demand the government repeal Bills 124 & 195. Send an email now. ________________________________________ Demand Stronger Training Standards The Ontario Federation of Labour is calling on the Ontario Government to implement four priority training standards recommended by the Expert Panel on Health and Safety. These four priority training standards would ensure: ➡️ people who work with and around hazardous chemicals can use WHMIS labels and sheets to protect their health and safety; ➡️ health and safety representatives have the skills and knowledge to improve their workplace conditions; ➡️ everyone doing work at heights knows how to use the right protections and fall protection equipment; and ➡️ workers on construction sites get hazard awareness training before they start work. Tell us your story about why stronger training standards are important to you. Click here to learn more. ________________________________________ Follow the Science Toolkit While Ontarians are beginning to see the other side of the pandemic, some workers still do not have the protections they need. Government, public health bodies, and employers must follow the science, and enforce the law to protect workers from airborne exposure. Download our Follow the Science Toolkit here. ________________________________________ No more profiting from pain Join the protest to stop Doug Ford’s plan to give Orchard Villa a new 30-year license and expansion: WHEN: Wednesday, July 14 12:00 p.m. WHERE: Outside Orchard Villa, 1955 Valley Farm Rd., Pickering The residents & families of Orchard Villa have suffered enough. For-profit chain Southbridge owns this long-term care home where 71 residents died of COVID-19 and others died of dehydration, starvation, and horrific neglect. There has been NO accountability for the corporate owners, whose LTC homes have the worst death rate in Ontario. ________________________________________ Advocating for Transgender/Transitioning Youth in Ontario Public Schools On Monday, July 12 @ 7:00 p.m. OSSTF and community partners are holding a summer discussion panel for parents and community members - Advocating for Transgender/Transitioning Youth in Ontario Public Schools. The event will be moderated by Karen Littlewood, OSSTF President, and will feature a guest speaker panel consisting of parent and community activists, who are skilled child advocators, and their transgender children who will speak to challenges and successes of transgender/transitioning students in public schools. Register here. ________________________________________ Prevention Link Update Mental Health First Aid: This summer, we are hosting a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) virtual training with an experienced Mental Health First Aid Canada Instructor Cindy Krysac. MHFA is the support provided to a person who may be experiencing a decline in their mental well-being or a mental health crisis. Sign up and get certified by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Cost: $169.00 (incl. HST). Spaces are limited! Register before July 30, 2021, 12:00 p.m. Summer School: Sign up for our popular introductory workshops of Level 1 and Level 2 to explore worker and employer rights and obligations under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, and the benefits and services available. Our team has created interactive two-week long courses using an industry-leading Learning Management System with modules, presentations, videos, and discussions to make this valuable program engaging. Learn all about the workers’ compensation system in Ontario from the comfort of your own home with the support of the Prevention Link Team. Who should attend: WSIB representatives, Workers’ Compensation activists, RTW specialists, union leadership and union stewards, H&S representatives and activists, supervisors and employers, young workers. Cost: $399.00 per course. LEVEL 1: Rights and Obligations: August 9-23, 2021 (Register before July 18 to get $50.00 discount) LEVEL 2: Benefits and Services (Prerequisite course: Level 1): September 1-15, 2021 (Register before August 8 to get $50.00 discount) Follow us on social media to learn more about what we offer, things we care about, and workers’ compensation: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn. 416-441-2731 | 1-800-668-9138 [email protected] 15 Gervais Dr, Suite 202, Toronto, ON M3C 1Y8 Sent via ActionNetwork.org. To update your email address, change your name or address, or to stop receiving emails from Ontario Federation of Labour, please click here.