TORONTO, Oct. 12, 2018 — Over 50 actions are expected on Monday, October 15, when communities across Ontario mobilize in defense of new workers’ rights brought in by Bill 148: Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, including the $15 minimum wage that is scheduled for January 1.
What stands to be the largest coordinated day of action for Ontario workers in the past decade will target ridings of Conservative MPPs, after Premier Doug Ford revealed the government is considering the full repeal of Bill 148, cancelling Ontario’s decent work laws.
“It is not too late for Premier Doug Ford and his cabinet to do the right thing and help Ontario workers,” said Ontario Federation of Labour President Chris Buckley. “This October 15, wherever Conservative MPPs look across the province, they’ll find workers who want, need and deserve decent work laws, including the $15 minimum wage.”
“The law is the law, and as it stands, nearly 2 million workers are scheduled to get a raise in 11 weeks,” says Pam Frache, Coordinator of Fight for $15 & Fairness Campaign. “Every single day we encounter people who tell us they voted for Premier Ford because they thought his promise to be ‘for the people’ meant standing up to corporate elites, like Galen Weston and Rocco Rossi. Repealing Bill 148 now would be a slap in the face of many workers who voted for Premier Ford,” she added.
Rocco Rossi is the Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, which has repeatedly called for a full repeal of Bill 148. That same bill brought in modest reforms like 10 days of job-protected emergency leave (the first two days paid), equal pay for equal work, and making it easier to join and keep a union (read more here).
Actions across the province range from public rallies, visits to the offices of Conservative MPPs, workplace actions in support of $15 & Fairness, campus actions at universities and colleges as well as neighbourhood outreach blitzes.
The day of action is coordinated by the Fight for $15 and Fairness and the Ontario Federation of Labour as well as community, student, teacher, faculty, faith, health, labour and non-profit associations across the province.
|MPP Rod Phillips’ Office 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM — 1 Rossland Road W, Suite 209 https://www.facebook.com/events/1890033274377097/|
|MPP Jim Wilson’s Office 4:15 PM to 6:15 PM — 180 Parsons Rd, Unit 28 https://www.facebook.com/events/1105764262908474/|
|Outreach Blitz 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM — 15900 Bayview Avenue https://www.facebook.com/events/2278584029054493/|
|Outreach Blitz 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM — Brampton City Hall, 2 Wellington Street West https://www.15andfairness.org/brampton_oct15|
|MPP David Piccini’s Office 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM — 513 Division Street https://www.facebook.com/events/2239650782774692/|
|Outreach Blitz 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM — Corner of Dixon and Islington https://www.facebook.com/events/273361209972051/|
|Mohawk College 12:00 Noon to 1:00 pm — Fennel Campus (location TBA)|
|Rally 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM — Jackson Square (James North and King Street) https://www.facebook.com/events/2126481291013219/|
|Queen’s University 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM (University Avenue & Union Street West)|
|St. Lawrence College 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm (main entrance, transit stop)|
|Cataraqui Town Centre 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm (location TBA) https://www.facebook.com/events/163504867919883/|
|Fanshawe College 10 AM to 3 PM — F Building at Fanshawe College https://www.facebook.com/events/548694465559530/|
|Chamber of Commerce Action 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM — London Chamber of Commerce, 244 Pall Mall St https://www.facebook.com/events/240792906594680/|
|Outreach Blitz 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM — Mississauga Celebration Square (300 City Centre Dr) https://www.facebook.com/events/343116039596400/|
|Action Against Corporate Bullies 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM — Real Canadian Superstore, 18120 Yonge St https://www.facebook.com/events/550068845448883/|
|15 Workplace Actions 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM — Across the city https://www.facebook.com/events/991736950987724/|
|Banner Drop 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM — Trafalgar Road exit – South-West QEW off-Ramp https://www.facebook.com/events/1800350026749723/|
|Outreach Blitz 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM — in front of Loblaws, 363 Rideau St (corner of Nelson St) https://www.facebook.com/events/681597172211532/|
|Outreach Blitz 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM — South East corner of George St North & Simcoe St https://www.facebook.com/events/543791412738650/|
|Centennial College, Progress Campus 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM — Progress Campus, the Bridge https://www.facebook.com/events/243984089622188/?event_time_id=243984096288854|
|Scarborough Centre 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM — Intersection of Warden Ave and Lawrence Ave East https://www.facebook.com/events/550380335403347/|
|Scarborough Agincourt 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM — Sheppard Ave East and Kennedy Road Intersection https://www.facebook.com/events/336959493705534/|
|Scarborough Rouge Park 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM — Morningside Avenue and Milner Avenue Intersection https://www.facebook.com/events/1083895695111500/|
|Rally 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM — Outside the Ministry of Transportation, 289 St Paul St https://www.facebook.com/events/2143198219048121/|
|Morning Outreach Blitz 7:30 AM to 8:45 AM — Dufferin & Sherbourne TTC stations https://www.facebook.com/events/338555650239079/|
|York University Outreach Blitz 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM — Vari Hall, York University at 198 York Blvd https://www.facebook.com/events/2149680478582507/|
|University of Toronto Outreach Blitz 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM — Sid Smith (East Side) https://www.facebook.com/events/2186536938264706/|
|Rally outside Ministry of Labour 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM – 400 University Ave https://www.facebook.com/events/251715398866409/|
|Educators at Lawrence West 3:15 PM to 5:00 PM — Lawrence West Subway Station https://www.facebook.com/events/475332019618614/|
|MPP Mike Harris’ Office 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM — 63 Arthur St South Unit 3&4 https://www.facebook.com/events/1109742122517576/|
For more information:
Meagan Perry, Director of Communications Ontario Federation of Labour [email protected] l 416-894-3456
Nil Sendil Communications Coordinator Fight for $15 & Fairness [email protected] l 647-710-5795