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Workers United Spring Newsletter 2016
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Spring Newsletter 2016


In this issue you will find:
  1. Workers United 2016 Annual General Meeting & Executive Board Elections
  2. $15 & Fairness Day of Action
  3. OFL Launches Make it Fair Campaign
  4. Workers United Scholarships Now Open
  5. In the Media: GoodLife Campaign
  6. In Pictures
  7. Solidarity with Migrant Workers: Petition
  8. Upcoming Events

Workers United Annual General Meeting

On May 5th & 6th, over 100 delegates arrived in Toronto to attend the Workers United Annual General Meeting. The two day meeting included guest presentations by John Cartwright, President of the Toronto & York Region Labour Council; Robin Pacific, an artist who has been working on an exciting photo exhibit featuring our members and garment workers in Bangladesh; representatives from the $15 & Fairness Campaign, and musical performances by DEYS. We were also joined by retiring Workers United President, Noel Beasley, and the new incoming President Lynne Fox. 



Executive Board elections were also held during the AGM. The following are members who were voted in or acclaimed:


Workers United Canadian Executive Board

President: Randall Hutchinson, Local 1821
Vice-President: Sandra Rebrovich, Local 2347
Recording Secretary: Susan Taylor, Local 2641
Sgt-At-Arms: Michelle Palmer, Local 152

Members at Large

Christine Parag, Local 206
Lenora Jones, Local 437
Richie Le-Catequista, Local 2742
Nina De Luca, Local 136
Daniel Kay, Local 2759
Alex Dutka, Local 753
Andrew Spence, Local 2740
David Bramley, Local 1821
Allyson Cullen, Local 154
Troy Lewicki, Local 314

Audit Committee

Hazel Cain, Local 152
Jagdeep Bawa, Local 152

Alternate Members at Large

Tracey Gough, Local 2347
Mildred Caldo, Local 206


Director: Barry Fowlie

Continue reading our AGM recap on our website...

Make it Fair Campaign

Ontario's outdated labour policies and legislation is leaving thousands of workers in the province without adequate protection. Basic standards are lacking or are not being properly enforced, and employers are making it difficult for workers to stand up for their rights or to form a union to improve the quality of life for themselves and their families. The Ontario government is currently undertaking a comprehensive review of the Ontario Labour Relations Act & the Employment Standards Act. However, unions and labour advocates need to ensure that the government makes meaningful changes to labour policy to better protect precarious workers and raise standards for everybody.

In response, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) has launched the 'Make it Fair Campaign' to begin educating, organizing, and mobilizing communities across the province to pressure the Ontario government to improve working conditions for all workers. Learn more about the campaign, and how to get involved in your local community, by visiting their new campaign website: makeitfair.ca

Fight for $15 & Fairness Campaign

On April 15, 2016, Workers United members and staff took part in a North American Day of action in support of increasing the minimum wage to $15. In Toronto, we took part in both a large downtown rally in front of the Ontario Ministry of Labour, as well as an action in front of the Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA), the largest employer in Toronto, in solidarity with airport workers who are struggling with low-wages and insecure jobs.



Our brothers and sisters in Manitoba also took part in a local march and rally in Winnipeg in support of a living wage for low-income workers.



Learn more about the Ontario Provincial Campaign by visiting the Fight for $15 & Fairness website.
Workers United members attending the Chinese New Year's banquet dinner organized by the Toronto & York Region Labour Council 
Workers United members attending an International Women's Day event in Mississauga, ON.
Upcoming Events

Injured Workers' Day Rally & March:
June 1st, 2016

 
On June 1st, join activists in Toronto for the annual Injured Workers' Day Rally & March starting off at Queen's Park in Toronto at 11:30AM. 

For details on the event, please visit their event page.

World Social Forum
August 9-14, 2016


The World Social Forum is an international gathering of organized labour, activists, community groups, and NGOs to discuss how to build a strong social justice movement and alternatives to capitalism. This year's Social Forum will be taking place in Montreal, from August 9th to the 14th. For details, or to register, please visit their website.
In the Media
GoodLife Campaign: Fairness for Fitness Professionals

The Toronto Star recently covered our GoodLife Fitness organizing drive in a piece entitled "GoodLife Fitness Instructors Campaign for Union Muscle".

You can read the full article by clicking here.
Scholarships


Workers United are now accepting applications for our 2016 Scholarship awards. Each year we provide two grants of $1,500 to help support the costs of post-secondary education for members and their families. To find out if you are eligible, or to download the application form, please visit our website's scholarship page. Deadline for applications is July 15, 2016.
In Pictures
Executive Board Member, Andy Spence, speaking at the "Meet Me at the Bell Tower" event - a community campaign working to end violence in North Winnipeg.
Executive Board Member, Nina De Luca, meeting with MPP, Michael Coteau, in support of the $15 & Fairness Campaign and the Make it Fair Campaign
Director, Barry Fowlie, speaking at a May Day event in Toronto, with Dr. Parbatti Ramsarran (York University) & Dr. Baljinder S Sekhon (OSSTF)
Solidarity with Migrant Workers: Petition


The Coalition for Migrant Worker Rights Canada has launched a petition calling on the new Federal government to do more in support of improved rights and protections for migrant workers in Canada. Check out their website and help support the movement by adding your name to their online petition.
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