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We are organized and we are coming. This week the OFL launched its Power of Many campaign as more than 800 labour and community activists joined the OFL for the Power of Many: Take Back Ontario conference. From presentations to regional discussions campaign of resistance to government cuts, cancellations, and privatizations is strong across Ontario. Photos of the conference are available here. Read coverage of the conference here.

Regional activation meetings are upcoming in Sault Ste. Marie, Kingston, and Ottawa. You can see a list of the government’s regressive actions since June 7 at the OFL Ford Tracker.

In this eblast: 

  • Power of Many conference sends message to Ford: “We are organized and we are coming”
  • RSVP for a Power of Many Regional Activation Meeting. Sign up now!
  • Save the dates:
    • April 6: Rally for Education
    • April 9: Equal Pay Day
    • April 17: Province-wide day of action to Take Back Ontario
    • April 21 and 22: OFL ONIWG Workers Comp forums
    • April 30: Rally for health care
  • Who will you nominate? The OFL annual Solidarity and Pride Award is now open for nominations!
  • OFL’s Ford Tracker
  • Upcoming Prevention Link courses
  • OFL labour disputes registry

Power of Many conference sends message to Ford: “We are organized and we are coming.”

 

 

 

 

 

The OFL launched its Power of Many campaign of resistance to the Ontario government’s pro-business agenda of cuts and privatization on March 25.

Union members and community activists from all sectors and all parts of Ontario gathered to take action at the OFL Power of Many: Take Back Ontario conference.

“Ontarians and the labour movement have had enough of this government’s heartless attack on the most vulnerable people in this province,” said Ontario Federation of Labour President Chris Buckley. “What you see here today is a unified movement. The people of Ontario are organized, we are the majority, we are resisting, and we will win.”

The OFL is connecting labour and community activists through Rapid Response
Networks (RRN). RRNs will deliver prompt solidarity actions in response to damaging PC policies.

Ontarians can sign up to be part of a Rapid Response Network to participate at powerofmany.ca.

Read the full press release here.

RSVP for a Power of Many Regional Activation Meeting. Sign up now!

 

Labour and community activists are meeting to strategize the fightback against the regressive cuts and policies that the Ontario government is putting forward. There is a lot at stake, and we invite you to join an upcoming regional activation meeting in your area:

Kingston
When: 
Tuesday, April 02, 2019 at 5:30 PM
Where: 
OPSEU Hall, 824 John Counter Blvd, Kingston, ON K7K 2R1
To register click here
RSVP on Facebook

Ottawa
When:
 Tuesday, April 02, 2019 at 6:00 PM
Where: 
Jean Pigott Hall, Ottawa City Hall (first floor), 110 Laurier Ave. W., Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
To register click here
RSVP on Facebook

Sault Ste. Marie
When: Wednesday, April 03, 2019 at 5:30 – 8:30 PM
Where: OPSEU Regional Office, 154 Great Northern Rd, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6B 4Z1
To register click here
RSVP on Facebook

Upcoming rallies and actions:

April 6: Rally for Education

 

 

 

 

As parents, educators and concerned community members we are standing together to defend high-quality publicly funded education and the optimal learning conditions that all students need and deserve! The Conservative government is proposing cuts that will be damaging to all students and will particularly hurt students with special needs. Our message is simple: Our education system needs investment not cuts.

The government has proposed to:

• Increase class size in grades 4-8 and in high school;
• Download its obligation to support children with autism onto public schools without adequate funding; and
• Reduce the number of teachers and support staff in schools across the province.

And it is even considering changing the existing model of Full-Day Kindergarten, which currently includes a teacher and an early childhood educator. Rally to send the Conservative government a strong message that Cuts Hurt Kids!

This joint action is organized and endorsed by: AEFO, CUPE-Ontario, ETFO, OSBCU, OECTA, OSSTF and a growing list of parent and community groups, other labour unions and organizations. RSVP on Facebook.

A post-secondary solidarity march for the Rally for Education is also being held starting at 10:45 AM at Grange Park, to join the Rally for Education at 12:00 PM. For more details click here.

April 9: Equal Pay Day

 

 

 

 

 

The current provincial government has taken many steps that erode protections against gender pay discrimination. Together we can send a strong message that the government must close the gender pay gap. Equal Pay Day – the day that marks how long a woman has to work to make as much as a man does by the end of the previous year – will be held on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

Send your comments in support of a strong Pay Transparency Act by April 5, 2019. Your input must be submitted to the government’s online portal.

April 17: Province-wide day of action to Take Back Ontario!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look out for actions in your community in response to cuts to public services and more potential cuts by the Ford government that could be introduced in the provincial budget. We will be taking action to talk to co-workers, family, friends, neighbours, and the public about what’s at stake.

Do you want to organize an action in your community? Email us at info@ofl.ca

April 30: Rally for health care

 

 

 

 

 

Doug Ford’s new health care legislation will privatize & impose mega-mergers on health care. Take action to improve public health care. The new legislation Ford worked hard to keep from the public will sell vital health care services to private for-profit corporations, impose costly mega-mergers that put our local services and hospitals at risk, and privatize our health care system if we don’t stop it. Tell Doug Ford “No to cuts and privatization.” The rally for health care will be held at 12:00 PM at Queen’s Park.

April 10 and 11: Injured Workers Outreach Forum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you an injured worker in the Niagara region? Are you feeling stressed and overwhelmed by your experience with the WSIB? You’re not alone. Join other injured workers for a free evening of education, peer support, and legal advice.

St. Catharines:

This event will feature Peri Ballantyne as a guest speaker. Peri Ballantyne is an associate professor of sociology at Trent University. She’s done extensive research on the poverty of injured workers, and her work has helped broaden the awareness of the financial insecurity that injured workers face too often after their work injuries. To register please contact Mary-Ann at maryannverkuyl@gmail.com.

When: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Where: Sir Isaac Brock Blvd, Thorold, ON
RSVP on Facebook.

Guelph:

Are you an injured worker in the Niagara region? Are you feeling stressed and overwhelmed by your experience with the WSIB? You’re not alone. Join other injured workers for a free evening of education, peer support, and legal advice.

When: Thursday, April 11, 2019 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Where: 611 Silvercrest Pkwy N, Guelph, ON
RSVP on Facebook. 

Who will you nominate? The OFL annual Solidarity and Pride Award is now open for nominations!

The annual Solidarity and Pride Award acknowledges and celebrates individuals or groups who have made a significant or ongoing contribution to the advancement of the two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and intersex (2SLGBTQI+) human rights, equity and inclusion, who are leaders in advancing equality and quality of life for 2SLGBTQI+ people in workplaces, community and globally. Nominate an activist in your community today!

What has the government done this week? Check the Ford tracker!

This government is acting fast to implement changes that hurt Ontarians. Keep track of their cuts and changes at ofl.ca, where you’ll find a list updated weekly. To see PC actions since June of 2018, go to the Ford Tracker by clicking here.

Upcoming Prevention Link Courses

 

 

 

 

 

Prevention Link is an innovative disability prevention program that focuses on the link between the primary and secondary prevention of occupational injury, illness and disease in workplaces throughout Ontario. Find out about Prevention Link courses by clicking here.

Download the Prevention Link app by clicking here.

OFL labour disputes registry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OFL.ca is building solidarity and sharing information about labour disputes across the province with our labour disputes page. You can find information on strikes, lockouts and fightbacks across the province.

Solidarity with the nursing staff at the Windsor-Essex Health Center, who went on strike at midnight on March 8, International Women’s Day. Read the ONA press release.

 

Ontario Federation of Labour
http://www.oflevents.ca/