National Day of Mourning on April 28th and May Day (known as International Workers' Day) on May 1st.
WUFA Supports National Day of Action and May Day
TAKE ACTION on DAY OF MOURNING and MAY DAY
Two very important days for labour are coming up this week, the National Day of Mourning on April 28th and May Day (known as International Workers' Day) on May 1st.
It is imperative that labour, community, and our allies join together and use our collective power to send a message to Doug Ford and the PC government that we demand a future where workers are prioritized over greed.
Workers in this province are still getting sick, injured, or dying thanks to inadequate laws that fail to properly protect Ontario residents – particularly as the pandemic continues to impact workers across the province. Ford has failed us, time and time again.
Nobody should have to choose between putting their life – and the lives of their coworkers – in danger or putting food on the table, and we can make sure that nobody does have to.
Join us in calling on our provincial leaders to immediately:
- Legislate permanent paid sick days for all workers
- Provide the highest quality and amount of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to all workers
- Vaccinate equitably and strategically, starting with frontline workers and impacted communities
- Ensure all workers are covered by the workers’ compensation system
- Legislate and enforce preventative training standards
Let’s send a loud and clear message to Doug Ford and the PC’s that they need to do their job, so workers don’t die doing theirs!
Despite the limitations due to the pandemic lockdown and physical distancing requirements, there are still several ways for you to participate in these days of action:
- Email Doug Ford and your MPP to demand action on long overdue health and safety measures using this email tool: takeaction.ofl.ca/action/fight-for-the-living.
- Share these Day of Mourning posts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram:
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
- Participate in the OFL health & safety town hall - 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. - A People First Agenda: Help & Hope, A Health & Safety Discussion with Wayne Gates and Peggy Sattler. Click here to RSVP to get the zoom link.
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
- Wear Black (wear all black, black t-shirt, black mask, black armband - whatever you can do).
- Take pause in recognition of workers who have been killed or injured on the job and in protest of the government’s failure to protect them from COVID-19.
- Encourage workers to exercise their rights under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA);
- The Right to Participate such as through joint health and safety committee involvements,
- The Right to Know about the hazards they do and might face, and
- The Right to Refuse unsafe work.
- Share this video; Health and Safety at Work: Your Three Rights.
Saturday, May 1, 2021
- 11:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. – Join the Workers Action Centre Phone Zap for paid sick days, decent wages, safe working conditions and good stable jobs.
- 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Join the biggest virtual May Day rally across Canada, with over 50+ endorsers, including the OFL representing hundreds of thousands of workers.
Click here for the zoom link.
MOURN THE DEAD. FIGHT FOR THE LIVING
DEMAND PROTECTIONS FOR ALL WORKERS
Spread the word, mobilize your members, community partners and allies to participate in these actions. Do whatever you can to get the message out and help make these actions a success. Share these demands and action ideas via your internal communication networks and on your social media platforms.
Together, we are the Power of Many and we demand justice and safety for all workers in Ontario!
CHANDRA-LI PAUL (CHANI)
Interim Director of Political Action and Outreach
Judy Chow, Executive Secretary
Ontario Federation of Labour
15 Gervais Drive, Suite 202
Toronto, ON M3C 1Y8
T: (416) 443-7653 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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