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November 2017 Newsletter

If this is your first newsletter, welcome! We send out a round-up of information and opportunities for action each month.

  • Getting up to speed
  • Updates and ongoing action
  • Advocacy
  • Upcoming events
  • Growing our network
LAMP CHC staff (and co-facilitator Nadira, centre) support decent work and health and $15 and Fairness (Top). Dr. Andrew Pinto presents at Queen's Park (L). Dr. Jesse McLaren speaks on a panel in Peterborough (R).

Getting up to Speed

Employment policy is health policy. Right now, we are focused on getting Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, fixed and passed. See this document about what's at stake in Bill 148. And see the Advocacy section below for more information on what must be fixed.

Updates and Ongoing Action

  • Dr. Lesley Barron spoke about Bill 148 as health-promoting policy on Your TV Halton's current affairs show, The Issue, on October 3.
  • Dr. Jesse McLaren discussed links between temp work, health, and Bill 148 on a panel in Peterborough on October 4.
  • Dr. Andrew Pinto presented at London InterCommunity Health Centre on October 4, and Nadira Begum and Kate Atkinson presented at LAMP Community Health Centre in Etobicoke on October 10.
  • Patricia Hoyeck and Mariam Naguib wrote an op-ed published in The Varsity on October 22 (link, please share!).
  • JeeSu Suh (link), Giuliana Guarna (link), and Matt Kerslake (link) each had a letter to the editor on Bill 148 published in the Hamilton Spectator.
  • DWHN put out a media release in support of Canadian Association of University Teachers' (CAUT) Fair Employment Week on October 26 (link).
  • Dr. Pinto presented on behalf of DWHN at Queen's Park on Bill 148 and health, including fixing the language of scheduling rules, on October 30

Advocacy: Tell Premier Kathleen Wynne you want Bill 148 fixed.

The policy window for Bill 148 will close in a matter of days -- all amendments will be final after November 16. But while the government says that Bill 148 contains equal pay for equal work and fairer scheduling provisions that will help workers, there are currently huge loopholes winking at employers. Unless they are eliminated, these exceptions will make it simple for employers to avoid following the rules, maintaining the status quo of workers bearing the health consequences of unfair pay and last-minute scheduling.

Signing your name to a letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne asking her to fix the bill takes only one minute:

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, November 2: Stand Up to The Crisis in Our Colleges Provincial Rally with striking college faculty, 12:00-1:15 PM at Queen's Park. Facebook event here. Click here to RSVP to join the DWHN crew.
  • Friday, November 3: Visit to MPP Han Dong's constituency office in Trinity-Spadina to deliver our message: increase paid PEL from 2 to 7 and fix scheduling and equal pay language! Leaving from U of T at 4:00 PM. RSVP to Inna Berditchevskaia here.
  • Saturday, November 4: Workers' Bowl fundraiser for Ontario Employment Education and Research Centre (Workers' Action Centre), 12:00-4:00 PM, Bowlerama West (map). Click here to email Kate to join our team, Guts, Not Gutters!
  • Tuesday, November 7: $15 and Fairness Toronto-Wide Meeting, 5:30 snacks, 6:00-8:00 PM meeting, Workers' Action Centre*, 720 Spadina Ave, Suite 223. Facebook event here.
  • Tuesday, November 14: Steering Committee meeting, 5:30-7:30 PM, Workers' Action Centre*, 720 Spadina Ave, Suite 223. Click here to RSVP.
  • Wednesday, November 15: DWHN/$15 and Fairness Student Outreach at University of Toronto, 12:00-1:00 PM, 155 College St. (Health Sciences Building), lobby. Facebook event here. RSVP to Robyn Beckett here.
* 720 Spadina Ave has power door openers at the building entrance and an elevator (elevator buttons are placed high). There is an accessible washroom on the same floor as the Workers' Action Centre. Please let us know of access questions or needs you have about any event.

Growing our network

We have new members in London, Hamilton, Toronto, and Peterborough, and we are excited to grow, including by bringing people together in communities beyond the GTHA. This month, Kate Atkinson, the coordinator of DWHN, will be sending out 2-minute surveys to members to find out how you would like to be involved. Stay tuned -- we can't wait to hear your thoughts!
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