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UPCOMING EVENTS
Injured Workers' Day Rally & March: June 1, 2015

The Ontario Network of Injured Workers' Groups is organizing its annual Injured Workers' Day Rally and March on June 1st, 2015. Join workers, community members, and advocates calling on the Ontario government to ensure WSIB is protecting injured workers. The rally will begin at 11:00AM at Queen's Park. For more information visit: http://injuredworkersonline.org

 
MayWorks: Festival of Working People & The Arts

Workers United is proud to be sponsoring the upcoming MayWorks Festival play: "Life on the Line: Women Strike at Eaton’s 1984-85". The play takes a look back at the six-month long strike by 1,500 retail workers against the T. Eaton company in 1984-85. The event will take place May 12th, 2015 at 7:00PM at the Steelworkers Hall (25 Cecil St. Toronto). For more information, or to participate in other Mayworks events, please visit: http://mayworks.ca
2015 Annual Aboriginal Workers/Workers of Colour Conference: May 23

On May 23rd the Toronto & York Region Labour Council will be hosting its annual Aboriginal Workers/Workers of Colour Conference. Speakers will include Laurie Antonin (CLC National Representative in the Human Rights and Anti-Racism Department) & Crystal Sinclair  (Idle No More). There will also be a series of educational workshops on topics including: the upcoming Federal Elections, young workers, and the living wage. For more information, visit: http://www.labourcouncil.ca/equity.html
Voices from the Ground
Workers United recently collaborated with Rankandfile.ca and the Canadian Association of Labour Media (CALM) on their "Voices from the Ground" initiative. This writing project aims to profile workers' stories about life on the job. The first story in this series has been written by our very own Richie Le-Catequista, President of Workers United Local 2742. Read his personal story of changing workplace unions and becoming an active local leader. Contact us if you wish to share your story!
 
Support GoodLife Fitness Professionals!
Workers United continues its support of GoodLife Fitness Professionals as they work to form a union to improve their working conditions. We recently launched a new campaign video with testimonials from actual GoodLife clients and what they're saying about the union drive. Check out the full video here!
Workers United: In the News
Here are some recent media pieces featuring Workers United staff:

Workers United Representative, Mike Ward, talks about how Ranpro employees in Simcoe are owned hundreds in thousands in back pay.

Organizer, Rabia Syed, talks to Filipino news about the launch of Ontario's $15 minimum wage campaign.

Workers United Director of Global Strategies, Jeff Hermanson, discusses the recent victory to get clothing retailer, the Children's Place, to contribute $2 million towards the Rana Plaza victim's global compensation fund.

Read the full cover story of Our Times magazine piece featuring Workers United Organizer, Tanya Ferguson.
Take Action!
Tell Ontario's Premier to end the 20-month strike at Crown Holdings!

With the strike at Crown Holdings now in its 20th month, the labour movement is calling on Ontario's Premier Wynne and the Ministry of Labour to intervene to get the workers back to work. Please sign the petition and share it with your friends and family members!
Stop the Privatization of Hydro One!

The government's attack on public services continues, this time with Premier Wynne's attempt to sell off a portion of Hydro One. Privatization of hydro will only result in increased hydro costs for working families. Tell the Ontario government to stop the sell off by signing and sharing the petition!

Spring 2015 Newsletter

May 12, 2015

In this issue you will find:
  • Tim Hortons Victory!
  • Workers United Endorses NDP Candidate Martin Singh
  • Supporting GoodLife Fitness Professionals: New Video!
  • Upcoming Events
  • Fight for $15 & Fairness Campaign
  • Voices from the Ground
  • 2015 Workers United Annual General Meeting
  • 2nd Anniversary of Rana Plaza: Justice for Garment Workers in Bangladesh
  • Workers United: In the News
  • Take Action!

Victory for Tim Horton's Worker!




In March, Workers United launched a public campaign to assist a Tim Horton's worker in Winnipeg who was fired from her job for simply talking to our union organizers. In response to this blatant violation of the law by Tim Hortons management, Workers United staff quickly mobilized and launched a petition to fight for the worker to get their job back. In just a matter of days, over 600 people signed the petition and allies on the ground, including the Manitoba Federation of Labour, the Winnipeg Labour Council, and the University of Winnipeg's Students' Association, worked with us to fight for the worker to be re-hired.

Read RankandFile.ca article "Roll up the Boss to Win" covering the campaign and victory!
Workers United Endorses Brampton North NDP Candidate Martin Singh

Workers United Canada Council has recently announced its official support and endorsement for Federal NDP candidate Martin Singh (right in photo). Representing the riding of Brampton North, Martin Singh is a strong labour advocate with a vision to bring better jobs in the Brampton region. As a businessman and a trained pharmacist, Singh is dedicated to introducing a national pharmacare program to help thousands of low-income Canadians, seniors and working families to be able to afford medications. Read more about Martin Singh and his platform at: http://www.martinsingh.ca/
 
2nd Anniversary of Rana Plaza: Justice for Garment Workers in Bangladesh

On April 24th, 2015, the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh, Workers United joined unions and activists across North America to take action demanding that retail companies, such as Zara, have contributed to the global fund to compensate the garments workers and families who were injured or killed in the disaster. Visit the Clean Clothes Campaign website to learn more about which companies have not fully contributed to the compensation fund.
Workers United Canada Council 2015 Annual General Meeting

Over 100 members and staff gathered in Toronto on May 7th & 8th for the 2015 Workers United Annual General Meeting. It was an action packed two days filled with educational workshops, networking, and reflections on all our accomplishments and challenges from the previous year. In addition, we were joined by some very special guests including: Martin Singh (NDP candidate for Brampton North), John Cartwright (President of Toronto & York Region Labour Council), Noel Beasley (President of Workers United) & Katie Jordan (President of the Workers United Retirees Association). We also heard from Allyson Cullen, local member of WoodGreen Community Services who talked about the importance of childcare as a national election issue. We wish to extend our thanks to John Helson & Kathy Yamich for organizing the event and to all the staff, volunteers and members who made the meeting a tremendous success!
Fight for $15 & Fairness Campaign



On April 15th, Workers United joined community organizations, activists, and other labour union allies at the Ministry of Labour for a rally in support of the launch of the Fight for $15 & Fairness Campaign. This campaign will aim to pressure the provincial government to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour and include a number of critical labour reforms to better protect precarious and low-wage workers. These include: paid sick days for all workers; protection from unfair dismissals, fair scheduling practices, an end to all employment standards exemptions and many more!

Learn more about the campaign and how to become involved in a growing provincial movement at http://15andfairness.org/
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