Category Archives: Human rights

Provincial Young Workers take action on a $14 per hour minimum wage

14 Dec 2013 Amanda MontagueReg3logo_col_1inches

Anyone can set up an information picket on a sunny day

Anyone can set up an information picket on a sunny day

Good jobs are under attack and in turn we are seeing more and more people being paid minimum wage. Since 2010 our minimum wage has been frozen at $10.25  an hour while the cost of living has continued to grow. The Provincial Young Workers Committee has joined forces with the Workers Action Centre in the quest to have the minimum wage raised to $14/hr. Fourteen dollars an hour would bring us 10% over the poverty line which in turn would allow people to spend more in their communities and positively increase our economy.PYC12IMG_1321

On Saturday December 14th, the Provincial Young Workers Committee offered free hot chocolate to all those walking past the corners of Dundas and Yonge at the Eaton Centre. We prepared personalized cups stating “Peace, Prosperity and a $14 minimum wage”, while encouraging people to sign the holiday cards to Premier Wynne that the Workers Action Centre had provided. We received hundreds of signatures and gave out over 800 cups of hot chocolate. We hope that everyone will visit and support this important campaign.PYC12IMG_1350 PYC12IMG_1349 PYC12IMG_1344 PYC12IMG_1341 PYC12IMG_1335 PYC12IMG_1334 PYC12IMG_1329

Election Results 2013/2015

Sara Labelle, L. 348 Regional Vice-President
Gord Longhi, L. 314 EBM, Alternate RVP
Sean Platt, L. 368 EBM
Judith Richardson, L. 345 Alternate EBM

Provincial Women’s Committee

Angela Rossley, L. 303 Delegate
Tammy Carson, L. 369 Alternate

Provincial Francophone Committee

Glenna Caldwell, L. 302 Delegate
Paulette Chaisson, L. 377 Alternate

Provincial Young Workers

Jeff Weston, L. 369 Delegate
Amanda Montague, L. 345 Alternate

Provincial Human Rights

Dave McCarl, L. 330 Delegate
Vince Gobind, L. 311

Regional Hardship Committee

Vince Gobind, Andrea Gordon, Karen McKinnon & Julie Miller

Credentials Committee

Tom Young

Constitution Committee

Tim Hannah


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.


corporate cuts

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.”