News from Workers' Action Centre

The Workers' Action Centre is a worker-based organization that provides information and rights advice to people in low-wage and unstable employment. They are responsible for the Workers' Rights Information Phone Line that provides information and support for people in Ontario who are having a problem at work.

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Polls show support for $15 minimum wage

So far, the Federal New Democrat Party, the Ontario New Democrat Party, the Green Party, and Quebec Solidaire have all thrown their support behind a $15 minimum wage.

Posted:
April 21, 2017

Report Release: Building Decent Jobs from the Ground Up

The Workers' Action Centre and Parkdale Community Legal Services are releasing their response to the Ministry of Labour's Changing Workplace Review Interim Report.

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September 28, 2016

Urgent: Only 3 Days Left to Support Personal Emergency Leave for All

Workers' Action Centre and Parkdale Community Legal Services request submissions of support to the Ministry of Labour before August 31 for 10 days of Personal Emergency Leave for all workers in Ontario without exemptions or limitations.

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August 29, 2016

Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, 2014: How the laws have changed

The Workers' Action Centre has prepared a detailed overview of the new legislation, which includes the timelines for when each portion of the Act comes into effect.

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November 26, 2015

Employers Now Responsible For Providing Workplace Rights Information to Employees

Beginning May 20, 2015, employers are required to give each worker a copy of the new Employment Standards poster within 30 days of being hired.

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June 09, 2015

Public consultations announced for the Review of Ontario's labour laws

The Ontario government has announced the dates and locations of the first public consultations being undertaken for its review of labour laws, the Changing Workplaces Review (CWR).

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May 14, 2015

Precarious and low-wage work is Ontario's new normal

The Workers' action Centre has information and a graphic to share about the spread of precarious and low-wage work.

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May 13, 2015

Recent Ministry of Labour enforcement blitz finds 83% of workplaces in violation of the ESA

The Ministry inspected 206 workplaces and found 171, or 83%, of these in violation of the Employment Standards Act.

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May 08, 2015

May 25: FREE Employment Standards Training

When: Monday, May 25, 2015, 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Where: WAC office, 720 Spadina, suite 223 (Spadina subway station)

The Workers' Action Centre presents free training for frontline workers delivering employment or settlement services to newcomers or job seekers.

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April 30, 2015

Workers welcome indexation announcement, but say minimum wage still not high enough

The increase from $11 to $11.25, which will come in to effect on October 1, 2015, will still leave minimum wage workers more than 16% below the poverty line, even if they are working full time.

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March 20, 2015

Target Canada Closure: Legal Representation for the Employees of Target Canada

The Workers Action Centre has information for Target employees who are looking for help or legal representation.

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February 09, 2015

Workers' Action Centre information on changes to Employment Standards Act

The Workers' Action Centre gives an overview of each change to the ESA and the dates when it will come into effect.

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December 17, 2014

Large employers are 5 times more likely than small ones to pay minimum wage, says new Ontario report

New research prepared by Social Planning Toronto and the Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage shows that in Ontario, large employers are the biggest culprits in perpetuating a low-wage economy.

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November 28, 2014

Decent Work, Decent Lives Campaign: Sign the petition

Sign to get laws passed that would regulate migrant worker recruiters increase minimum wage; crack down on temp agencies; stop wage theft; and make it easier for workers to form unions.

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March 25, 2014

January 24: Fight for Fair Wages! public forum

What Public forum on Fight for Fair Wages

When 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. EST

Where TBA in Toronto

The forum includes leaders from Fight for 15 speaking on retail worker strikes in Chicago and across the US, music performances, and more.

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December 23, 2013

New protections for Ontario workers announced today

The new bill introduces many changes that Workers' Action Centre members and supporters across the province have been calling for through the Stop Wage Theft campaign.

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December 04, 2013

September 14: Second day of action for Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage

This month the Campaign will be carrying out actions in Halton, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Peterborough, Sudbury, York Region, Cornwall, London, Toronto, and more.

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September 11, 2013

Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage

The Workers' Action Centre is demanding an immediate minimum wage increase, launching the Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage and calling for a province-wide day of action on March 21st.

Posted:
March 04, 2013

November 12: Training Session on Workplace and Human Rights

Date Monday, November 12, 2012
Time Registration: 12:30 p.m.; Training: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Place 1 Yorkgate Boulevard, Unit 202, Toronto (Yorkgate Mall)
Contact Martha Burbano
Phone 416-531-0778 ext. 258
Email martha@workersactioncentre.org

The Workers Action Centre and Black Creek Community Health Centre are organizing a free training session on workplace and human rights for front line workers delivering employment or settlement services.

Posted:
November 06, 2012

Ontario government confirms funding for proactive enforcement

On September 17, 2012, the Ministry of Labour announced $3 million for proactive enforcement of employment standards in Ontario workplaces.

Posted:
September 19, 2012