Support the Fitness Professionals’ Union!
Personal Trainers in Toronto, Ajax and Peterborough made history in 2016 by forming the first fitness professionals’ union in North America. Visit our micro-site at fitnessprofessionalsunion.com to learn more about the campaign and how you can support all fitness workers to win respect and fair conditions at work!
Make it Fair
Ontario's outdated labour policies and legislation is leaving thousands of workers in the province without adequate protection. Basic standards are lacking or are not being properly enforced, and employers are making it difficult for workers to stand up for their rights or to form a union to improve the quality of life for themselves and their families.
The Ontario government will soon be completing a comprehensive review of the Ontario Labour Relations Act & the Employment Standards Act. However, unions and labour advocates need to ensure that the government makes meaningful changes to labour policy to better protect precarious workers and raise standards for everybody.
In response, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) has launched the Make it Fair Campaign to educate, organize, and mobilize communities across the province to pressure the Ontario government to improve working conditions for all workers. Learn more about the campaign, and how to get involved in your local community, by visiting their campaign website: makeitfair.ca
Fight for $15 & Fairness
After a high profile provincial grassroots campaign that demanded an end to the long-standing minimum wage freeze, the Ontario government announced an increase to the minimum wage to $11.00 an hour ($11.25 as of Oct 1, 2015; $11.40 as of Oct 1, 2016). However, this wage is still not enough to lift many low-wage workers and their families out of poverty. In 2015, community, labour and advocacy groups from across the province launched the Fight for $15 & Fairness Campaign, in an effort to see Ontario’s minimum wage rise to $15 an hour and see important changes made to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act. These changes include: access to paid sick days for all workers; access to decent working hours; protection for workers against unjust dismissals and workplace bullying and harassment, and making it easier for workers to join a union.
For more information, please visit: http://15andfairness.org/
Workers United is a strong advocate for higher wages and improved working conditions for workers in developing countries around the world, particularly for garment workers in countries such as Bangladesh and Cambodia. Recently, we have worked to raise awareness around the 2013 Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh, which saw 1,134 garment workers killed and thousands more injured. In response we have launched actions against retailers who manufactured clothing in Rana Plaza (such as Joe Fresh, the Gap, Children’s Place, and Benetton) to insure that compensation is provided for victims and families.
We have also worked to support Cambodian garment workers who have been actively struggling and organizing around an increase to their minimum wage to $177 (USD) a month.
For more information about these campaigns, please visit:
Clean Clothes Campaign: http://www.cleanclothes.org
United Students Against Sweatshops: http://usas.org/
Migrant Workers Alliance for Change
Workers United is a proud supporter of the Migrant Worker Alliance for Change (MWAC), Canada’s largest migrant worker rights coalition. Due to substantial immigration policy changes made at the Federal level that have resulted in limited pathways to permanent residency for newcomers to Canada, an increasing number of migrants have little choice but to arrive through various temporary work immigration streams, such as low-skill workers, live-in caregivers and agricultural workers. These workers often have few rights, are vulnerable to employer abuse and exploitation, live in poor housing conditions, work in hazardous and unsafe working environments, and do not have access to the same entitlements as residents with full status. MWAC is working to ensure that Federal and Provincial policies are improved to better protect migrant workers and ensure that they have access to full and unconditional permanent status in Canada.
For more information, please visit: www.migrantworkersalliance.org