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2018 Pride Events

Pride arose from mass demonstrations calling for an end to discrimination and a promotion of equality for the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Trans and Queer (LGBTQ*) communities. Although many Pride events across Canada have become celebrations, they are expressions in the public sphere for the promotion of equal rights.

By holding marches and events to promote inclusion; Pride offers the opportunity for LGBTQ* communities to increase their visibility, build community and celebrate sexual diversity and gender expression.

Pride events are open to everyone and members are encouraged to participate in events within your communities.

For a complete listing of the 2018 Pride celebrations across Ontario please visit: http://ofl.ca/pride-2018/.

In Solidarity,

Josh Sadler, PSAC Ontario Council, GLBT Members Representative

And

Sharon DeSousa, PSAC Ontario Regional Executive Vice-President

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New rights for workers in Ontario

Workers in Ontario have won tremendous improvements to labour laws in this province.

One of these wins is that employers (under provincial jurisdiction), can no longer request doctors notes from workers when taking sick days (https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2017/06/08/sick-notes-to-be-banned-in-ontario-under-proposed-workplace-legislation.html).

The Ontario Federation of Labour has produced a booklet that outlines the new labour law changes. To download the booklet, visit: http://ofl.ca/wp-content/uploads/1121-Know-Your-New-RIghts-Then-and-Now-web.pdf

In Solidarity,

Sharon DeSousa, PSAC Ontario Regional Executive Vice-President 

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Make It Fair Campaign

The Ontario government is looking at overhauling labour laws in this province. This is an important opportunity to improve the basic working conditions of every single worker in Ontario.

The Labour movement and community organizations are lobbying for paid sick days for all workers in Ontario, as currently our province has no legislated mandatory paid sick days.

PSAC’s own healthy workplaces campaign has been fighting to protect our federal public service members’ sick days and it would be a major victory to extend paid sick days to every worker in Ontario.

PSAC Ontario is also supporting the campaign Fight for $15, which would see our minimum wage raised to $15 an hour. This is a battle for fairness that has been happening in the United States for some time and the movement has grown to Canada. 

Contrary to messages from right-wing lobby groups, increasing of the minimum wage has led to higher employment levels and improved economies in cities in the U.S. that have raised their minimum wage. But this is not just a financial issue, this is a matter of social justice because a full time worker should not be living in poverty.

Please send your messages of support directly to Premier Kathleen Wynne (premier@ontario.ca), Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care (ehoskins.mpp@liberal.ola.org) and Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour (kflynn.mpp@liberal.ola.org).

With your support we can make Ontario's labour laws fairer for everyone. 

In Solidarity,

Sharon DeSousa,

PSAC Regional Executive Vice-President – Ontario 

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Stop workplace violence

PSAC's "Stop workplace violence" content aims to raise awareness about workplace violence and bullying in the workplace.

The following are concrete tools for workers and union leaders to identify and address workplace violence:

Toolkit

What is workplace violence and bullying? What can you do about it?

Workplace violence and harassment have various definitions under federal and provincial legislation.

These are definitions of common words in the context of workplace violence and bullying.

As a union activist, there are many things you can do to address the issue of workplace violence, including ensuring that your workplace has a clear and accessible policy.  

If you are a victim of a violent incident, which includes harassment (“psychological harassment” in Quebec) or bullyingyou might be able to file a workers’ compensation claim.

In over half of all domestic violence cases, the violence is not confined to the home but continues at work.

Some hard numbers related to workplace violence.

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