This Saturday, rally for education. We are the #powerofmany

This week, students said no, with a massive, province-wide student walkout. The OFL stands in solidarity with #studentssayno, and this Saturday April 6 at Queen’s Park, thousands of parents, educators and concerned community members are expected at the Rally for Education. The PCs are being faced with the #powerofmany.

Equal Pay Day actions are planned across the province on April 9. Download a flyer and find an action in your area.

The #PowerofMany campaign is going strong. April 15, join a Teleconference Town Hall to prepare for the Province-Wide Day of Action on April 17 in response to the provincial budget. You can get ready now! Download placards, flyers, and other materials for #powerofmany local actions, and you can also sign up for the #powerofmany Rapid Response Networks.

Three #PowerofMany regional activation meetings were held this week. You can see photos of the events in Kingston, Ottawa, and Sault Ste. Marie. Keep track of the government’s regressive actions since June 7 at the OFL Ford Tracker.

In this eblast:

PC assault on workplace protections continues as they pass Bill 66
Upcoming rallies:
    April 6: Rally for Education
    April 9: Equal Pay Day
    April 15: Power of Many teleconference town hall
    April 17: Province-wide day of action to Take Back Ontario
    Save the Date: April 21 and 22: OFL ONIWG Workers Comp forums
    April 30: Rally for health care
April 10 and 11: Injured Workers Outreach Forum
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

The PC assault on workplace protections and wages continues with the passing of Bill 66

The PC government passed Bill 66 on April 2.

“Bill 66 is going to cost Ontario workers by reducing the overtime hours they’re paid for, at the same time as it compromises health and safety,” said Ontario Federation of Labour President Chris Buckley. “Longer hours for less pay with fewer safety protections. That’s no good for workers and it’s no good for Ontario.”

“From increasing the number of children allowed in home-based daycare facilities, to reducing labeling requirements and reporting on toxic substances used in the workplace by employers, this government is playing with the lives of Ontarians,” said Buckley.

To read the press release.

Upcoming rallies and actions:

April 6: Rally for Education

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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.

Teachers spoke out about the government’s cuts at the OFL Power of Many conference. Watch a video from Karen Ebanks.

You can download #powerofmany placards with a message to Ford:

Download: PUBLIC EDUCATION CUTS HURT KIDS
Download: CLASS SIZE MATTERS FUND PUBLIC EDUCATION

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!

To follow the action on the day on twitter, follow #cutshurtkids and @COPEOnt @OPSEU @CUPEOntario @AEFO_ON_CA @osstf @ETFOeducators @OECTAProv and @OFLabour.

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.

Find an action in your area.

April 15: Province-wide teleconference town hall

Ford’s budget on April 11 could mean more cuts to the programs and public services that working people and their families depend on: health care, education, public services, decent work and healthy communities are all at risk.

Monday, April 15 at 6:00 pm, there will be a province-wide conference call where you can learn the details of what’s in the budget so you can be well-informed when you hit the streets on April 17!

Be part of the Power of Many and join us for the conference call, and the April 17 Province-Wide Day of Action. Ford may have a majority at Queen’s Park, but we are the majority – we are the people and we bring the power of many to this fight. Let’s mobilize!

Click here to RSVP to the province-wide teleconference town hall.

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

In a province-wide day of action on Wednesday, April 17, all day, all across Ontario, we will be sounding the alarm. We will be talking to the public, co-workers, neighbours, family and friends about what was in the budget and what’s at stake, so they can take action by talking to their local MPPs.

Be part of the Power of Many. Join us to pass out leaflets and talk with people at busy transit stops, busy intersections, bingo halls, local coffee shops, outside workplaces, in workplace lunchrooms – anywhere we can share the message that we are the majority and together we can protect Ontario and fight for a province for everyone.

RSVP to find out more. To organize an action in your community, email us at info@ofl.ca

April 30: Rally for health care

It has been reported that the PC government is looking at reducing costs by reducing coverage for certain procedures, ranging from diabetes and pain management to sedation during colonoscopies.

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. RSVP on Facebook.

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 Guelph 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.

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