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October 2017 Newsletter

Fall should be a time of plenty, but low-paid, precarious work means that many Ontario households have trouble making ends meet. The moment is now for health providers to make our voices heard in support of strong employment laws. Read on for updates and how to get involved!

  • Updates and ongoing action
  • Advocacy
  • Upcoming Events
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Updates and Ongoing Action

  • Decent Work and Health Network joined the $15 and Fairness solidarity crew for Labour Day in Toronto on September 4. See great photos from the day here.
  • DWHN joined the $15 and Fairness Campus Assembly, September 15-16 at University of Toronto (see video linked above). Dr. Hasan Sheikh spoke on a panel, and Mariam Naguib and Mei Wen led a strategic discussion on how to support the movement for decent work and health on campus.
  • Laurel and Rob met with their MPP, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Dr. Eric Hoskins, on September 15 to discuss strengthening Bill 148.
  • Dr. Andrew Pinto and Deena Ladd gave the opening keynote at the McMaster Health Advocacy Symposium on September 23, and Giuliana Guarna joined them in co-facilitating two health advocacy workshops.
  • In collaboration with Access Alliance's Promoting Good Jobs project, we are hosting advocacy workshops for front-line service providers at London InterCommunity Health Centre and LAMP Community Health Centre in early October. 

Advocacy: Get in touch and get organized!


Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, contains many new protections: an easier path to unionization for many workers, 10 Personal Emergency Leave (PEL) days for all including 2 paid days, and equal pay for equal work, to list just a few - as well as the $15 an hour minimum wage. But did you know that the bill hasn't been passed yet, and needs to be strengthened? We don't have much time: The moment is now for clear, evidence-based, and passionate advocacy to ensure that Bill 148 passes in its strongest form. See this letter or this one for more information on what we still need to win.
  • Write a letter to the editor of your local news outlet. See the full list of links in the August newsletter. Help equip the public with the health-based arguments needed to push back against big business fear tactics.
  • Request a meeting with your local MPP, or go to your MPP's office during Constituency Week, October 10-13. Email info@decentworkandhealth.org for more information.
  • Check out the $15 and Fairness list of upcoming events for key ways to plug into local action.

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, October 7: World Day for Decent Work. This is a great opportunity to let your social media community know that if we get Bill 148 right now, it will go a long way toward promoting decent work in Ontario. Mark your calendar and tweet (tag @DecentWorkHlth).
  • Thursday, October 12: Events for students who want to get involved and write letters to the editor at University of Toronto campus and in Hamilton. Get in touch for more information.
  • Tuesday, October 24: $15 and Fairness City-Wide Meeting, 6:00-8:00 p.m., 720 Spadina Ave, Suite 223. 
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