Hey <<First Name>>!
We need to step up and join the fight to have Bill 47 Withdrawn and Paid Sick Days reinstated: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 Rabble.ca: Who's really abusing paid sick days?
- Email your MPP and Ford: https://www.15andfairness.org/email_your_mpp - Takes 1 minute!
- Call Ford at (416) -325-1941 and tell him why paid sick days matter and to #WithdrawBill47
- Click here to join an action near your to defend our paid sick days and workers rights.
- 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!