Today in Ontario, more than 1.7 million workers are earning at or around minimum wage and many Ontarians are trapped in precarious work such as part-time, temporary, contract and subcontracted jobs, without a union.
The Government of Ontario has initiated its “Changing Workplace Review,” which aims to examine the out-dated Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act.
Make It Fair
In response, the OFL has launched the Make It Fair campaign pushing for employment law reforms to seize the historic opportunity presented by the provincial review. The Make It Fair campaign is a partner campaign to the Fight for $15 and Fairness, with the goal of mobilizing union members.
“Inequality and precarious work are on the rise across our growing province but collectively, each of us has the power to change the law and help Ontario workers out of poverty,” said OFL President Chris Buckley.
Unionized workers have a long history of incredible gains at the bargaining table including maternity/parental benefits, unemployment insurance, the 40-hour week and a ban on child labour, that have become the law of the land.
Survey on Precarious Work
In an ongoing effort to push a progressive agenda of reform, the OFL and unions across Ontario have launched a survey on precarious work – an issue that is fast becoming the ‘new normal’ for Ontario’s seven million workers, who increasingly find themselves in part-time, contract and temp agency jobs with lower pay, fewer benefits and unpredictable schedules. The goal of the survey is to speak to union members about their experiences and the experiences of their families of precarious work.
We are asking all local unions in Ontario to have the following union representatives take the survey, in this order:
- All Local Union Executive Boards;
- All Unit Chairs;
- All Shop Stewards;
- All Local Union Committees (women, aboriginal and workers of colour, human rights, political action, recreation, young workers, workers with disabilities, LGBTQIA);
- Union members.
“Working people across this country suffer with inadequate wages at the high and middle income levels. Imagine working precarious jobs that pay less than $15/hr? Well many in our communities and across the province of Ontario can’t make ends meet because they are forced to work 2,3 & sometimes 4 jobs just to put a roof over their heads and support a family. With this survey, and your support, we can help the OFL get answers as to how to help making a difference. Please take 10 minutes to fill out the survey and mail it in to the OFL.”
Dave Millar, President, Oakville District Labour Council
Upon finishing the survey, participants will also have a chance to enter to win a $200 gift card for either Loblaws or Metro grocery stores.
Oakville District labour Council is a member of the Ontario Federation of Labour, which represents approximately 1 million working people across Ontario
Thank you in advance for your efforts.