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Workers United Summer Newsletter 2016
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Summer Newsletter 2016


In this issue you will find:
  1. Workers United Welcomes GoodLife Personal Trainers!
  2. Labour Day Parade 2016
  3. Make it Fair Campaign Launches Precarious Workers Survey
  4. Canadian Pension Plan Fact Sheet
  5. Release of the Ontario Changing Workplaces Review
  6. Upcoming Events
  7. We Want Your Leads!
  8. Harvesting Freedom Campaign
  9. Help Support Canadian Postal Workers

Workers United Welcome GoodLife Fitness Personal Trainers!


We would like to welcome all GoodLife Personal Trainers who recently voted to unionized with Workers United after a long hard-fought campaign. This is a significant victory, as it is the first private fitness gym in the country to become unionized. Nearly 650 Personal Trainers across the City of Toronto will now begin the work of bargaining a fair collective agreement with GoodLife -- one that will see significant improvements to working conditions.

You can check out media coverage on the campaign from the Toronto Star & NOW Magazine. 

Make it Fair Campaign Launches New Survey

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) and the Make it Fair Campaign, have launched a new survey to hear directly from Ontario workers about their experiences with precarious employment. 

A growing number of workers across the Province are working in jobs that provide low wages, little to no benefits, or are insecure in general. In the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton alone, nearly 52% of workers are in temporary, part-time, or contract jobs. Workers need security and good jobs in order to make ends meet and improve the quality of life for their families and themselves.

Please take a moment to fill out the short survey which will help the campaign push the government to make important changes to Ontario employment standards and labour legislation. Together we can improve working conditions for millions of people across the Province!

You can find the survey here: makeitfair.ca/precarious_work_survey

Changes to the Canadian Pension Plan
 
Recently, the Federal government announced significant changes to the Canadian Pension Plan system. The changes were brought in to ensure that workers will have some form of financial support when they reach retirement age - especially for those workers without a company-backed pension plan. These changes will benefit some groups of workers over others. To help you understand changes to the CPP program, we have developed a fact sheet that will give you a broad overview of the changes and how they may or may not affect you.

You can download the fact sheet here.
Ontario Release its Changing Workplaces Review Interim Report

The Ontario Ministry of Labour has just released its Interim report on the Changing Workplaces Review (CWR). The CWR report is a summary of months of province-wide consultations with labour, community members, and other stakeholders on how Ontario's Employment Standards Act (ESA) and Ontario Labour Relations Act (OLRA) needs to be modernized in order to reflect the realities of workers in today's labour market. The report also summarizes how to help those workers who are in precarious, low-wage, short-term, and unstable jobs. Labour unions across the province will be working to ensure that the Provincial Government enacts meaningful legislative changes to better protect workers and improve working conditions. Recommendations and possible legislation should be introduced in early 2017.

You can check out the report on the Ministry of Labour's website.
In Pictures
Workers United Rep, Bhupinder Sanghera, on the picket line in support and solidarity with striking CUPE library workers in Mississauga, Ontario. A deal was reached after workers went on strike for more than two weeks.
Picture of our new Local 2832 Executive team and Stewards from ParaMed in Simcoe, Ontario. From left to right: Adrie Naylor (rep); Renee Davis; Natasha Carpenter; Jeanette Ball; Marilyn Ashford; Annette Cooper; Cathy Friesen; Janeaya Roloson; Nicole Rymer.
Members from Amhil Enterprises counting votes to elect their Bargaining Committee as they enter into new contract negotiations.
Workers United Steward, Cheryl Howard, from Tim Horton's at St. Joseph's Health Care in London, ON, was recently featured in a online article in recognition of her great work.
Labour Day Parade 2016

Toronto Labour Day Parade 2016 - September 5th

Join Workers United in Toronto on September 5th for the annual Labour Day Parade. Come celebrate with thousands of other union members and activists as we march downtown, followed by free admission to the CNE! Bring your family and friends! In addition to free CNE wristbands, members will also receive a free t-shirt, along with snacks and drinks during the parade. For more information, and to RSVP, please visit our website.

Winnipeg Labour Day Parade 2016 - September 5th

Workers United members in Winnipeg are also welcome to join us for Labour Day celebrations with a march and BBQ. The march begins at 1:30PM starting at Memorial Park. For more details please visit the Winnipeg District Labour Council website.
Upcoming Events


Rally for Decent Work, October 1st, 2016

Join us on October 1st, 2016, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm as we converge on the lawn of Queen's Park on the International Day of Decent Work. We will be calling on the Ontario government to make meaningful changes to employment standards to ensure: 
safe working conditions, decent hours, paid sick days & vacation, access to a union, $15 minimum wage, an end to the gender/ racialized wage gap and much more! Check out the Facebook event page for more details and up to date information.


Fight for $15 & Fairness:
East & West End Toronto Canvass


The Fight for $15 & Fairness Campaign will be organizing two canvassing sessions in Toronto's East End on August 13th, and Toronto's West End, on August, 20th. Come out and help collect petition signatures and talk to people about the campaign and join a growing province-wide movement. Click on the Facebook links for more details and to sign up!
Harvesting Freedom: Supporting Migrant Farm Workers


This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program. Each year, Canada brings in thousands of workers from mostly Caribbean and South/Latin American countries to work in farms to help grow and harvest the food we enjoy everyday. However, these workers are denied access to permanent immigration status, as well as basic workplace protections and benefits, which results in workers being injured or killed on the job.

This Fall, farm workers will take part in a Harvesting Freedom pilgrimage starting from Leamington, Ontario to Ottawa, to call on Federal MPs to make significant improvements to the Agricultural Workers Program. To learn more about the campaign, and to sign the petition, please visit: harvestingfreedom.org
Solidarity with Canadian Postal Workers


The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) has temporary avoided a lockout as negotiations continue with Canada Post. The CUPW have been standing firm against Canada Post who are trying to extract major concessions from workers and attempts to implement a two-tier pension system for current and new hires. Workers are also continuing their fight against a Harper-appointed Canada Post Management that has been pressing to make significant cuts to postal services that would negatively impact all Canadians. 

Help support our postal workers and the growing call for a strong public postal system that works for everybody by signing the online petition here.
We Want Your Leads!
Do you have a friend or family member that could benefit from having a union in their workplace? Then let us know!

Some of the places that we have unionized have come about through leads we receive from our members like you! If you know someone we should talk to let us know by sending us a message. Please email us with: your name, the contact information for your friend or family member, and the name of the workplace, and we will get back to you.

You can email us at: info@workersunitedunion.ca
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