Monthly Archives: March 2013

On 9 April wear Red to send a message to Queens Park

epd-avatarTuesday April 9th, 2013 is Equal Pay Day.  Wear a little red.  Send a message to the new premier asking her to develop a plan to address the persistent gender pay gap in Ontario.  Tell her that this pay gap is unfair and not only hurts Ontario’s women but hurts Ontario’s economy.
Visit to find out more, check out their Facebook page and share the message on Twitter.  Please feel free to print off the Equal Pay Day tool from the website tool kit, and post and share.
Pay Equity.  It’s important.  It matters.
In solidarity, dora  
Chair PWC
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Workers Day of Mourning 2013


Durham Region Labour Council

Sunday, April 28, 2013, 11:00 a.m.

Day of Mourning Parkette, Oshawa City Hall (corner of King St. and Centre St.)

Luncheon to follow at USW Hall, 125 Albert Street, Oshawa Speakers: TBA Contact: DRLC Office (905) 579-5188 or

Lindsay & District Labour Council

Sunday, April 28, 2013, 12:30 p.m.

Workers Memorial, Victoria Park, Victoria Avenue, Lindsay

Followed by a short march after the ceremony.

North Simcoe, Muskoka & District Labour Council

Sunday, April 28, 2013, 11:00 a.m.

At the Workers Monument, Trans Canada Trail, 550 Bay Shore Drive, Midland

Peterborough & District Labour Council

Sunday, April 28, 2013, 11:00 a.m.

Peterborough City Hall, 500 George Street North, Peterborough Singer/Songwriter George Hewison Followed by lunch at the Black Horse Pub, 452 George Street North, Peterborough

Guest Speaker: Loretta Michaud, Director of Information Services Workers Health & Safety Centre

Northumberland Labour Council

Sunday, April 28, 2013, 4:15 p.m.

Lucas Point Park (near the memorial rock), Cobourg Guest Speaker: Chris Leavitt, President, United Steelworkers Union

Local 13173

Corporate tax cuts create job.


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March 1, 2013  From the OPSEU website

TORONTO – The Ontario Public Service Employees Union is reacting with shock and surprise after learning that corporate tax cuts implemented by the province have actually created a job.

“We have always maintained that the Liberal government’s corporate tax cuts would not create jobs for Ontarians, but the news that former Finance Minister Dwight Duncan begins work today at a Bay Street law firm calls our position into question,” said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas. “If corporate tax cuts can create a job for Dwight Duncan, is it possible they could create a job for someone else? This is what we’re grappling with.”

Duncan has accepted a position with McMillan LLP, a happy landing spot for many a politician who has served Bay Street well.

“Under Dalton McGuinty and Dwight Duncan, government and Bay Street became intertwined as never before,” said Thomas. “From former TD vice-president Don Drummond to RBC CEO Gordon Nixon, bankers have had unprecedented influence over government policy, especially since 2009. It’s no wonder wealth has been funneled upward from people to profits, to the detriment of 99 per cent of the population.”

Thomas said that if new Premier Kathleen Wynne wants to be the “social justice Premier,” as she has stated, she will have to realize that social justice cannot occur without redistributing wealth from owners to workers and low-income Ontarians.

“The problem of growing inequality can be resolved in two main ways,” Thomas said. “The first is by transferring wealth from profits to wages and public services. The second is through tax fairness.

“Premier Wynne’s commitment to social justice will be judged by how she addresses these two major policy areas.”