January 2018 Update
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January 2018 Update

Members of Workers' Action Centre, Fight for $15 and Fairness, and the Decent Work and Health Network hand out leaflets in support of Tim Hortons workers outside of the location at Spadina and Bloor in Toronto on January 10, 2018.

Update: Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 is now in effect

After years of organizing by the Fight for $15 and Fairness in partnership with labour, campus, and community groups including the Decent Work and Health Network, minimum-wage workers in Ontario started earning $14 an hour on January 1, 2018. All workers are now entitled to take 10 days of personal emergency leave (PEL), the first 2 of which are paid. Employers are not allowed to require a medical note as proof of illness when workers take these days.

The Decent Work and Health Network will support the enforcement of the new law by sharing materials and offering training to health workers and health students. See below (left) for a link to register or request training on the law at your health workplace or campus.

Education: Sign up for training on the new law

Do you work or study in health? Click the link below to sign up for a train-the-trainer session on the new law in Toronto. You can also request a training at your workplace or campus (including outside of Toronto) if at least 15 people can confirm attendance, and we will do our best to accommodate. Forward the sign-up form to colleagues and peers, too!
  • Tuesday, February 13, 1:00-4:00 PM at Workers' Action Centre, 720 Spadina Ave., Suite 223 (see map)
  • Wednesday, February 21, 1:00-4:00 PM at Workers' Action Centre

If you're a front-line worker (e.g., in settlement services) interested in training, click here.

Advocacy: Send Tim Hortons owner RBI a message

Last week, in response to news that Tim Hortons franchises across Ontario were cutting workers' benefits, paid breaks, and uniform allowances, actions around the province drew huge crowds to show solidarity with workers at Tim Hortons.

Please sign this petition to demand that the CEO of Restaurant Brands International, the parent company of Tim Hortons, take all steps necessary to ensure that workers aren't punished for the minimum wage increase and that the spirit of the new law is respected. 

See Upcoming Events below for information on more actions taking place this week.

Upcoming Events

  • January 19 (THIS FRIDAY): Day of Action for Tim Hortons Workers at locations across the country (here is a list, which will grow throughout the week). Health providers and students have an important message to share about the health consequences of employers putting benefits out of reach and undermining the minimum-wage increase. Can you organize a group to join an action or go to a Tim Hortons near you? Email Kate Atkinson, Coordinator, for more information and materials.
  • Decent Work and Health Network regular meetings in Toronto will resume in February. Stay tuned for a confirmed date and time.
  • March 23-24: Fight for $15 and Fairness Provincial Strategy Meeting, downtown YMCA, Toronto. For more information and to sign up to attend, click here. Make sure to mention that you're attending as a member of the Decent Work and Health Network.
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