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May 2018 Update - 4 weeks until the election

The next four weeks in Ontario will be filled with debate about what we want our province to look like. As health providers, researchers and students, we know that when people have higher incomes and decent working conditions, everyone has a better chance at health. You can read just some of the evidence in our 2017 submission on the labour law here.

Read below for opportunities to learn more about the law and about how to defend the stronger employment protections we helped win. You will see events, tools, and training opportunities -- there's something for everyone.
Members of the Decent Work and Health Network and local organizers in Regent Park host an outreach for $15 and Fairness in Toronto's Regent Park neighbourhood. (May 5, 2018)

Next Network Meeting - May 15, 2018

Join our monthly network meeting in Toronto this coming Tuesday, May 15, 6:00-8:00 PM for updates, planning, and outreach. All are welcome, and we value the experience and contributions of people from a range of health fields.

5:30 PM - Snacks
6:00-8:00 PM - Meeting (political update, planning, outreach activities)

Workers' Action Centre, Suite 202, 720 Spadina Ave, Toronto (map)
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And SAVE THE DATE: Our next network meeting is on June 12 (Facebook).

If you live outside the Greater Toronto Area and want some ideas of how you can participate in actions in your own local community, please get in touch.
Nadira of Workers' Action Centre and Kate of Decent Work and Health Network present a training for community health and wellness workers at Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services. (April 25, 2018)
Carolina, Najib and Trevor collect signatures on a pledge to vote for candidates who support a $15 minimum wage and decent work. (May 5, 2018)

Training on Ontario's new employment law

Webinar: May 16, from 12-1 PM EDT

The webinar will provide information on several of the new protections and will discuss the basics of supporting people in accessing their rights. It will be followed by an optional 30-minute Q&A session.

To register, click here. To share information about the webinar via Twitter, click here. To download and share the poster, click here.

If you work at a community health centre, family health team or other health workplace in Toronto and want training in person, let us know!

Now available: Tools for health providers

We're here to support health providers in learning about the new employment laws and in sharing that information with people accessing health care. 

We now have an info sheet that doctors, nurses and psychologists can attach to sick notes that they give out for personal emergency leave:

Soon, we will be mailing waiting room posters with information on personal emergency leave and sick notes to health workplaces (family health teams, community health centres, nurse practitioner-led clinics, and more) across the province. Get in touch today to order a set of posters and for more information.

More resources for the election

The $15 and Fairness campaign has produced many resources to help us advocate for decent work during the election. Click on the links below to access and share these resources.
  • Lawn and window signs - order here. It's critical that we make our support for decent work visible to candidates in our ridings. If you want a sign and you live in Toronto, email us and we may be able to deliver.
  • Questions for candidates about decent work - view here. Download and put these on your fridge for when candidates come a-knocking.
  • New $15 and Fairness demands and voter pledge sheet - view here. The new employment law has stronger protections, but there's much more to win. Collect names on the pledge to vote for the $15 minimum wage and decent work for all -- then send it back to the campaign.

Upcoming Events: Partners

We work with others who are active in fighting precarious work and poverty in Ontario. Here are some upcoming events:
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