Contingents of Society members rallied with thousands of people from across Ontario for the Make It Fair Day of Action on labour law reform.
Society members participated in rallies across Ontario, including Toronto, Oshawa, Hamilton and Thunder Bay. The Toronto rally alone drew 3,000 people.
Ontario’s employment laws are woefully out of date and out of step with the current jobs market. Laws that govern Collective Bargaining and the organizing of new members have become decidedly skewed against unions and unionized workers, resulting in the slow degradation of union bargaining power and a resulting degradation of our contracts and terms and conditions of work. In non-unionized parts of the labour market, part-time, temporary and contract jobs are becoming the norm, along with erratic scheduling and contract flipping.
The Ontario government is currently in the process of reviewing all of our employment laws – both the Ontario Labour Relations Act that governs relationships between Unions and Employers, as well as the Employment Standards Act that governs all workers and provides non-union workers with their only meager protections.
We now have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make the changes Ontarians need – now and for the future – to create a fairer, more equitable economy.
For more information on the Make It Fair campaign and to find out what you can do to support better labour laws for all, visit MakeItFair.ca.