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In Case You Missed It: Latest News from the Toronto and York Region Labour Council

Source: Toronto and York Region Labour Council

  • WESTJET WORKERS WIN!
  • THE ABUSE OF POWER BEGINS
  • DEFEND DEMOCRACY, HANDS OFF TORONTO – AUG 16
  • SUMMER LABOUR ACTION
  • HEAVY EQUIPMENT APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM
  • SAY NO TO FAR-RIGHT HATE GROUPS – AUG 11

WESTJET ATTENDANTS WIN UNION VOICE
After a long, exciting organizing campaign, CUPE has been certified by the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) to represent 3,000 mainline flight attendants at WestJet. CUPE has been working with WestJetters for the past year to deliver strong union representation for flight attendants and is now officially recognized as the bargaining agent. This is one of the largest organizing victories in Canada this decade! Congratulations to all involved. CUPE’s efforts to unionize flight attendants at WestJet’s regional carrier, Encore, and low-cost carrier, Swoop, are also ongoing. Click for more info.

THE ABUSE OF POWER BEGINS
The Conservatives are ramming Bill 5 through Queen’s Park right now. This interference in elections that are already underway is unprecedented in Canadian history. It shows the same contempt for democracy that marked the Mike Harris regime the last time Conservatives ran the province. Labour Council is calling on all people who care about democracy and fairness to take action. This is just the start of what will be an ongoing abuse of power by the Ford regime. Behind it will be a drive to privatize services and sell off public assets. Click to read entire Labour Council statement.
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DEFEND DEMOCRACY – HANDS OFF TORONTO – AUG 16
Mobilize now for a mass public meeting to raise the voices of Toronto in defense of democracy and a City that works for all its residents. Come find out about legal challenges to Bill 5, community organizing, and what you can do! Asking EVERYONE from all walks of life who care about Toronto to come to this meeting to meet others who also want to defend democracy and say HANDS OFF TORONTO! Go to Facebook for more information and share the event on your Facebook page and invite your friends too!

Click on the Eventbrite link to make sure you have RSVP’d for this meeting – we expect to run out of space – so don’t delay, click today!

LABOUR ACTION IN THE MAIL
The Summer 2018 Labour Action is out. Municipal Report Card RELEASED! Read what grade your current councillors received – go to Page 8. Are you shocked by what Doug Ford’s Conservatives are doing at Queen’s Park? Go to page 2 to read about Labour Council’s plan for the next four years. Check out the back page!! The mice are asking questions!!!

HEAVY EQUIPMENT APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM ACCEPTING APPLICATION
IUOE Local 793 Area Offices are accepting Heavy Equipment Apprenticeship Applications for 2018/2019. The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) has apprenticeship programs for heavy equipment operators in Ontario. The apprenticeship programs includes both an in-school and an on-the-job component. Each occupation is a 2,000 – 2,500 hour apprenticeship which includes 240 hours of in-school training. If you are interested in applying, contact IUOE Local 793.

SAY NO TO FAR-RIGHT HATE GROUPS – AUG 11
Racists, neo-Nazis and Islamophobic groups are rallying at Toronto City Hall (Nathan Phillips Square) on Saturday August 11 to spew hatred against Muslims, immigrants and people of colour in our communities. This date marks one year since the horrific events in Charlottesville, North Carolina when far-right hate groups rampaged, killing young anti-racist activist Heather Heyer and injuring many others. Join Labour Council’s Rapid Response Team on August 11 at 1:30 pm to show dignified opposition to racism and hatred. Come to the west side of Nathan Philips Square. Bring flags and banners. For info facebook.com/events/661828034173325/

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