Unifor advocates for changes to Bill 148
“The current low-wage, part-time, and contract-to-contract job market has led to a grim reality of precarious work and inequality,” said Unifor Ontario Regional Director Naureen Rizvi. “Bill 148 takes important steps to address the gaps that characterizes so much of today’s workplace but the legislation needs to go further to protect Ontario workers.”
On behalf of its more than 160,000 Ontario members, Unifor also organized members to speak at hearings around the province in Thunder Bay, North Bay, Ottawa, Kingston, Windsor, London and Niagara. Today the union submitted its written recommendations on Bill 148 to the Standing Committee of Finance and Economic Affairs urging the government to adopt some meaningful improvements to the legislation to fully achieve fairness.
At hearings across Ontario, workers speak up for change
On June 1, the Ontario government introduced the ‘Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act’ (Bill 148) in response to ongoing campaigns from workers demanding action to stop increasingly precarious work, better protections at work and a higher minimum wage.
This bill is currently undergoing public scrutiny and feedback through the Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. While many of the proposed changes will benefit workers, this piece of legislation must go much further to truly empower workers and combat poverty,
Unifor members are presenting to the committee across the province, sharing their stories and demanding further action from the province. The four main demands are:
- Extending card based certification to all workers,
- Stronger successor rights to stop the abuses of contract flipping,
- Protection for women through domestic violence leave and
- Extending the concept of broader based bargaining.
Temporary Workers Speak Out on Discrimination
In the past decade, employers in Ontario have shifted to rely on precarious and contract jobs. Temporary agencies and part-time temp work has grown rapidly in the province and across the country. These agencies not only benefit from, but also drive predatory employment practices that target immigrants and women of colour like those in the East Danforth Community Chapter (EDCC).
The EDCC is part of Unifor, Canada’s largest union in the private sector, and represents South Asian women working in temporary staffing agencies in Toronto. Members of the EDCC and the South Asian Women’s Rights Organisation (SAWRO) held an emotional and honest community event on Thursday, March 23 to tell their stories.
40 Unifor members lobby MPPs
Workers from across Ontario went to Queen's Park to meet with members of the Legislature to to discuss needed labour law and employment standards changes to address the increasingly precarious nature of work today.
They came armed with Unifor's 156-page submission to the provinces Changing Workplaces Review, and urged the MPPs and cabinet minister to support its 43 recommendations.
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Stanford at economic summit
Unifor Economist Jim Stanford takes part in a panel discussion at the Ontario Economic Summit, discussing the Changing Nature of Work, where he discussed the union's recommendations.
Fortier outlines proposals
Unifor Ontario Regional Director Katha Fortier was a guest on one of the province's most popular morning radio shows, Metro Morning on CBC, to outline the need for reforming employment standards and labour laws in Ontario - and Unifor's suggestions for doing that.
Unifor submission released
Unifor releases its submission publicly, beginning a much-needed provincial debate on the issues around precarious work.
Campaign Page launched
The Workplaces Changes Campaign web page is launched at Unifor.org/WorkplaceChanges, as part of Unifor's ongoing efforts to push for changes to Ontario employment and labour laws to meet the needs of today's increasingly precarious work world.