Sep 24

September 24, 2014

Reflection on Worker Safety: Paul Chislett

It’s all too common after the death of a worker to read a human interest story about workers and their lives. It’s important to know something behind the names of those killed in industrial accidents and Carolyn Thompson did a great job humanizing Phuong Thang, the worker killed. As the relevant authorities investigate the accident and the family lays Phuong to rest and grieves, we must realize that a health and safety culture in the workplace does not happen in…

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Jun 9

June 9, 2014

June 8th Worker Forum

On Sunday June 8th Justicia for Migrant Workers (J4MW) in conjunction with the Windsor Workers’ Education Centre held a worker forum. We brought together migrant workers and non-union, out of work or under-employed low wage workers in Windsor/Essex to discuss the system of exploitation that affects all workers in varying degrees. Over food and after introductions, J4MW organizer Chris Ramsaroop led a discussion on the globalized workplace. Workers were from Mexico, Indonesia, St Lucia, Jamaica, Burundi, Ethiopia and Windsor/Essex. Truly,…

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Apr 28

April 28, 2014

April 28 2014: J4MW warns Federal Government that its’ actions are repeating racist past

(Toronto) Justicia for Migrant Workers (J4MW) a migrant workers advocacy group is raising concerns that the recent moratorium against the restaurant industry will impact tens of thousands of migrant workers. While the Federal government has responded to abuse of the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program by employers, no consideration was given to the effects the moratorium will have on migrant workers, including the impacts of racism. J4MW believes the moratorium will leave migrant workers in a more precarious position. The…

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Apr 15

April 15, 2014

April 15, 2014: Temporary Foreign Workers on CBC

“The government must tighten up requirements that allow Canadian employers to hire low skilled temporary foreign workers and do a better job enforcing the rules of the program, an expert in the issue says.” Read more by clicking image below:   FLOWCHART: Hiring temporary foreign workers

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Jan 28

January 28, 2014

Jan. 28 2014: Minimum Wage Panel has concluded its work: Now What?

Provincial advisory panel calls for annual minimum wage hikes pegged to inflation. Full article HERE. Which Side Are You On? Pete Seeger’s passing means we all have to carry on with his work of justice and compassion:  If you think you’re worth more than a .75 cent an hour increase in a poverty wage then you’re going to have to fight for what you deserve like every generation of the working class had to do.  The media is being used…

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Jan 22

January 22, 2014

Let’s Talk About It

  Click on Image for Full View We had a great chat with a worker on her experiences in a former workplace. In this case we talked about rights under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and how exactly one does a work refusal: For further information on your right to refuse unsafe work go to the Ministry of Labour website As well, you cannot sign a contract that violates the  Employment Standards Act!

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Dec 4

December 4, 2013

Dec. 4 2013: Toronto Star: “New Ontario law would protect ‘precarious’ workers”

“Ontario is expected to introduce new labour laws to protect “precarious” workers and unpaid interns from wage theft and other workplace abuses.” Read article HERE.

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Nov 12

November 12, 2013

Tuesday November 12th 2013

Mall Flyer Connection Two people. Ten Flyers.  And a very small action: standing outside in the cold with just our voices and a simple flyer about retail workers rights. We were greeted warmly by 9 people, some people thanked us, some people smiled, some people told us their stories: A security guard told us it was a good idea to remind people of their employment rights. He told us he left his last job as a security officer at  a…

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Oct 28

October 28, 2013

Submission to the Ontario Minimum Wage Advisory Panel on Oct. 14, 2013

Submission to Ontario Minimum Wage Advisory Panel   October 24, 2013   By: Paul Chislett President, Windsor Workers’ Action Centre I’m happy to participate in a discussion on the important issue of the minimum wage in Ontario. I’ve used the format provided by the Ministry to answer questions the panel will consider, and I have also included comments that I believe are relevant to the issue at hand. My comments are based on my experiences in Windsor over three years…

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Sep 11

September 11, 2013