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We need to step up and join the fight to protect decent wages and working conditions. 

Despite the government announcements and media headlines about cancelling the $15/hr minimum wage and scrapping Bill 148 (including paid sick days), there still has been no legislative change. How we respond helps the government decide whether to proceed, pull back - or go even further with legislative changes. 

Decent Work and Health Network members have been busy—we've spoken to public health and medical students, are collecting signatures on the $15 and Fairness petition, and joined the recent campaign press conference. We've also spoken to the Senior Policy Advisor for the Ministry of Labour to advance our cause! 

The evidence is in: 

As the $15 and Fairness campaign explains, the jobs data released by Statistics Canada makes our case even clearer: when workers have money in their pockets, they spend it, creating more business and more jobs. Contrary to announcements spread by the Chamber of Commerce and their Big Business backers, employment is up and wages are improving in Ontario. This is true even in the Food Services and Accommodation sector where the proportion of minimum wage employment is highest and therefore most likely to be impacted by a higher minimum wage. The trend line is showing that the $15 minimum wage, far from having an adverse impact on jobs and hours for workers in the low-wage sector, is benefiting workers. 

ONGOING ACTION ITEM: Please comment, like, and share our Facebook and Twitter posts. We began a media campaign about the flu and its relation to emergency/paid sick days! 

The next few weeks are critical in protecting Bill 148. Here’s a list of upcoming events on the DWHN's calendar: 


Monday October 15th - Largest. Coordinated. Day of action. In a decade. 

On Monday, we will be mobilizing in all corners of Ontario to defend the new workplace laws we won last year, including the $15 minimum wage that is scheduled for January 1. This Day of Action is crucial to convince the Doug Ford Government to put our need for decent work ahead of corporate interests. Join us in your scrubs, stethoscopes and white coats! 

Where: Sidney Smith Hall, we will be petitioning and joining the UofT $15 and Fairness caucus:
When: 11:15am – 12:15am: Petitioning and leafletting at Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street, Toronto - (free food)
12:30pm – 1:30pm: Join others at Ministry of Labour Rally
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2186536938264706/
 

Friday October 19 - Organizing for Change: Influencing MPPs

Have you ever wanted to learn how to do an MPP visit? Do you know how to talk to politicians about causes you care about, such as paid sick days? Join the us for a FREE training session on MPP visits, outreach, follow up and MYTH-BUSTING!

Where: 720 Spadina Avenue room 202
When: 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/248743822655657/ 
 

October 23rd - DWHN Contingent at Rally for Public Health Care

On October 23 the Ontario Health Coalition is organizing a Rally for Public Health Care at noon at Queen's Park to tell Doug Ford we need to rebuild and improve public health care, with NO cuts and privatization. Join us in your scrubs, stethoscopes and white coats as we will be meeting at 11:30 AM and then joining the rally with the message that healthcare needs a higher minimum wage (to afford food, shelter and medicine) and paid sick days (to recover faster and avoid spreading germs). 

Where: Queen's Park, north-west corner of College and University 
When: 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2082291765148975/

November 3 - Workers' Bowl

Help us kick our fundraising into full gear 22 fundraising days remain ! 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! 

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