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December 2017 Update

Students from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at University of Toronto show support for $15 and Fairness and decent work during an outreach at the Health Sciences Building on November 15, 2017.

Updates and Ongoing Action

  • November 15 outreach at University of Toronto: Led by Robyn Beckett and Rosalyn Haffenden, a crew of public health students participated in the $15 and Fairness campus day of action and started conversations with students in the Health Sciences Building about precarious work and health and how to get involved in the Decent Work and Health Network. Many solidarity selfies were taken! If you are a health student at University of Toronto and want to join the group, send us an email.
  • November 22 passage of Bill 148: Dr. Michaela Beder, medical student Sujen Saravanabavan, and DWHN coordinator Kate Atkinson went to Queen's Park to witness the voting in of Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017. We sent an update highlighting just some of the huge changes ushered in by the Bill, which you can see here.

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As Bill 148 is implemented, there will be many who spread fear about its effects, denying the mountains of evidence that these changes are good for workers and for health. With only 6 months to go before the provincial election, it's crucial we ensure workers and patients know about their new rights.

In 2018, the Decent Work and Health Network will be providing materials and workshops to health providers and health workplaces on Bill 148 and our ongoing campaign. By taking our survey, you can share with us how you'd like to be involved in this exciting new phase!

Take 2 minutes to complete our survey:
Dr. Michaela Beder (above, right): "Watching Bill 148 be passed was a historic moment. This bill that has been fought for so hard by workers, by communities, and by healthcare allies, and the new changes to workplace legislation, and the $15 minimum wage, are a tremendous grassroots win!!!" Sujen Saravanabavan (above, centre): "As a medical student starting on clinical rotations, I've continuously seen social factors exert a terrifying force on health. Work with fair wages is intimately connected to health. Seeing Bill 148 passed through the hard work of many people inspires me to include advocacy in my own education and future career."

Upcoming Dates

Saturday, December 2: Year-End Holiday celebration (poster) for Workers' Action Centre and $15 and Fairness in Toronto, 58 Cecil St., doors at 6:30. RSVP required.

DWHN is not holding a steering committee meeting in December. See you in 2018!

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