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We need to step up and join the fight to have Bill 47 Withdrawn and Paid Sick Days reinstated: 

In case you missed it... here's a quick overview of Bill 47 (by David Bush from Rank and File): 

"10 personal emergency leave (PEL) days to be used for bereavement, illness, family emergency. With no doctor's note required and with the first two days paid (paid sick days!). Becomes... 8 PEL days that are proscriptive (3 for sickness, 3 for family emergency, 2 for bereavement). And NO paid PEL days. Also doctor's notes are back

Minimum wage set to increase to $15/hr January 1, 2019. And then indexed to inflation thereafter. Becomes... Increase to $15 scrapped. Increases indexed to inflation starting in 2020. A 33 month freeze at $14! This is a real wage cut!" 

The first reading of this bill has already passed. The second reading on Bill 47 has be taking place this week - Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. We aren't sure whether second reading will be finished on Wednesday (Oct. 31) or Thursday (Nov. 1), and following 2nd, reading we don't yet know how quickly 3rd reading will follow. So let's use the days we have to the best of our ability! Click here to read a briefing note on the bill by Parkdale Community Legal Services Inc. 

Decent Work and Health Network in the media: 

October 23rd - We held a Decent Work and Health Network contingent at the Rally for Public Health Care at Queen's Park. Click here for the global news report. 

October 24th - We participated in the $15 and Fairness emergency rally held in Toronto to protest Ford's attacks on worker's rights, including canceling the minimum wage increase. Click here to watch our very own network member, and emergency physician Dr. Kate Hayman give a fiery speech calling out Ontario premier Doug Ford.   

"From a government that promised to listen to doctors and end hallway medicine, I expected better." - Dr. Hayman

Click here to view Dr. Hayman's prolific speech with citations! Please use and disseminate within your networks, with discretion. 

October 26th - Sadly, on Friday, we learned the tragic news that a 4th temp agency worker was killed at a Fiera Foods related bakery in Toronto. This is the same food processing company where 3 temp agency workers previously lost their lives. We send our deepest condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of the deceased.

In light of the tragedy, the Decent Work and Health Network attended, and spoke at, an emergency vigil that same night (click here to see the live-stream). Another community vigil took place this October 29th at 5:30 PM at Keele Street & York Boulevard, which is very close to the location of the plant where this worker was killed. Click here  to see the article in the star, Tories grilled on latest death at Fiera Foods-affiliated plant. 

October 30th - Today, valued network member and family physician Dr. Danyaal Raza spoke alongside, Jill Promoli, mother of Jude who died at the age of two due to influenza, Navi Aujla, former temp agency worker and Deena Ladd, Workers’ Action Centre, at today's press conference to call on the Tories to immediately withdraw Bill 47. Click here to watch the live-stream. 

"Bill 47 is a massive step backwards for health care in Ontario and it is made worse because we are on the heels of flu season. To be absolutely clear, this policy is not only bad for workers, it has duplications for every resident in Ontario." - Dr. Raza

"Paid sick days are good for workers, and good for public health." - Dr. Raza

Other recent articles of interest: 

  • The Globe and Mail editorial: Ontario is open for business, but on the back of vulnerable workers
  • Toronto Star editorial: Minimum wage of $14 per hour bad for public health
  • Ontario Medical Association in the Globe: Red flags raised as Ontario reinstates doctor’s note requirement for sick workers
  • Dr. Jesse McLaren's (Decent Work and Health Network member) article on Who's really abusing paid sick days?
  1. Email your MPP and Ford: - Takes 1 minute! 
  2. Call Ford at (416) -325-1941 and tell him why paid sick days matter and to #WithdrawBill47
  3. Click here to join an action near your to defend our paid sick days and workers rights. 
  4. Write an Op-Ed/post about this cause in various news outlets (i.e. academic newsletters, student associations forums, blogs etc.) and encourage your friends and people in your networks to do the same! 
“Taking away protections from workers makes Ontario Open for Sickness” say advocates, who are calling on Premier Ford to immediately withdraw Bill 47 (From left to right: Jill Promoli, Deena Ladd, Navi Aujla and Dr. Danyaal Raza). 
Image left: Carolina and Robyn at the Rally for Public Health Care Oct. 23rd; Image right: Dr. Jesse McLaren at the Emergency Rally Oct. 24th 
ONGOING ACTION ITEM: Please comment, like, and share our Facebook and Twitter posts. We will posting ONCE A DAY on the evidence around why paid sick days make sense (particularly in light of the flu season). 


The next few days are critical in pressuring Ford to repeal Bill 47. Here’s a list of upcoming events on the DWHN's calendar: 

October 31 - Halloween action outside Ontario Chamber of Commerce
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM. Outside Ontario Chamber of Commerce, 180 Dundas St West
Come trick-or-treating with us on Halloween at the Chamber of Commerce. Let's get the word out that the Chamber is spinning lies about the impact of decent work on the economy to justify their call for the full repeal of our newly won rights.
Click here to RSVP and here to share on Facebook

November 2 - Emergency Phonebanking
2:00 PM - 7:00 PM. 720 Spadina Ave, Suite 223
On Friday, help us call our supporters to get them to leave messages with their own Members of Provincial Parliament, to deliver the message: #WithdrawBill47 immediately! No previous experience is needed, we have scripts and snacks to help you get going.
Click here to RSVP and share the event with your network

November 3 - Workers' Bowl 
1:30 - 4:30, Bowlerama Rexsdale. Thank you to those who helped us fundraise - we have surpassed our fundraising goal! Our team, Guts, Not Gutters is participating in the Workers' Bowl 2018, to raise money for the "Education and Leadership Fund for Workers in Precarious Employment". This fund will support collaborative projects with the Workers’ Action Centre. CLICK HERE to sponsor our team!

Next Meeting: November 6. Doors and snacks at 5:30pm and 6:00pm - 8:30pm for the meeting, at 720 Spadina Ave Unit 223. 


Let us know if you're interested in any of these events by emailing us at

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