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OFL Holds Telephone Town Hall to Discuss Next Steps in Make It Fair Campaign

IFPTE was part of the first ever telephone town hall hosted by the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) to discuss plans for the Make it Fair Campaign.

The Federation has been working tirelessly with union affiliates and community allies to take on the task of improving employment and labour law in Ontario. In 2014, the Ontario government announced that it would hold public consultations, through the Changing Workplaces Review, to consider updating legislation to reflect the realities of the new economy where non-standard employment and precarity is on the rise.

Speakers on the call talked about how workers, particularly women, racialized and young workers, are struggling in the workplace and in the labour market. The Make it Fair campaign aims to:

• Increase Ontario’s minimum wage to $15
• Regulate temp agencies and end worker misclassification
• Provide equal pay, benefits, and working conditions for equal work
• Provide adequate notice for scheduling
• Protect survivors of domestic and sexual violence
• Offer paid sick days and adequate vacation
• Remove barriers that stop employees from unionizing
• Provide an arbitration option for new collective agreements
• Protect workers from contract flipping

The Changing Workplace Review recommendations report will be released this spring. There is still time to organize to get the Ontario government to implement positive changes to employment and labour legislation.

The OFL is calling all it’s affiliates to join the next phase of the campaign to collect signatories to their postcard initiative. The goal is gather at least 25,000 postcards and deliver them to Members of Provincial Parliament across Ontario.

Find a wealth of information on the Campaign at Make It Fair.

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