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Jun 25

June 25, 2017

Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017

Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act (2017) is legislation with a direct effect on workers in Ontario – especially non-union workers whose only protection is the Employment Standards Act which Bill 148 will amend. The legislation comes out of the recent The Changing Workplaces Review process that took place over the last 2 years. The legislation is undergoing hearings conducted by the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs before it goes through a second reading in the legislature…

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Jun 19

June 19, 2017

WWEC denounces latest cut to adult education at the Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board

It is with a sense of alarm and indignation that the Windsor Workers Education Centre publicly notes the deep cuts to the last vestiges of the St. Michael’s Catholic Adult High School programs in the Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board. These programs have been used by the poorest and most vulnerable citizens. Of particular note is the termination of the Work Matters program that provided employment and independence to intellectually challenged adults. Replacing Work Matters in class, face to…

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Nov 1

November 1, 2016

Get involved with WWEC!!

Since 2008 the Windsor Workers’ Education Centre (WWEC) continues to be a community organization of workers, students and activists committed to improving the lives and working conditions of people in low-wage, precarious employment. Our goal is to ensure that non-union workers have a voice at work and are treated with dignity and fairness. Located downtown at 328 Pelissier St., WWEC provides a new way for people to join together to fight for fair employment. People who are directly affected by…

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Apr 14

April 14, 2016

WWEC, Windsor District Labour Council and making Waves Windsor Essex info booth in $15 and Fairness

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Windsor/Essex wants big changes to employment and labour laws: Ontario communities join April 15 Day of Action for $15 and Fairness     Windsor, On. April 13, 2016 – On Friday, April 15 labour and community organizations across Ontario are uniting to call for decent work. These actions are taking place in advance of the first report of the province’s Changing Workplaces Review. For over a year, two advisors appointed by the Ministry of Labour have…

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Apr 13

April 13, 2016

$15 an hour minimum wage

THE CAMPAIGN POINTS: $15/Hr Minimum Wage: Ontario workers are struggling to get by. More and more decent jobs are being replaced by low-wage work. We need a minimum wage that brings workers above the poverty line. The minimum wage was frozen at $10.25 an hour for four years. Thanks to more than a year of organizing across the province by the Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage, the government was forced to increase the minimum wage to $11 an hour…

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Jan 25

January 25, 2016

Justicia for Migrant Workers kicks off Harvesting Freedom campaign

HARVESTING FREEDOM CAMPAIGN 50 years of Farmworker Resistance MEDIA RELEASE: “The year 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the migrant farmworker program in Canada. Justicia for Migrant Workers (J4MW) will be marking this year with the Harvesting Freedom Campaign, a call on the Canadian government to finally allow migrant farm workers in Canada to access Permanent Immigration Status. The Campaign starts in January of the 50th year of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers program and will include a Pilgrimage from Leamington…

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May 13

May 13, 2015


Have you ever faced a problem at work? At your workplace, were you not paid wages, overtime pay, or vacation pay? Did you have problems with your hours, breaks, or scheduling? Were you laid off without any notice or termination pay? If you faced any of these or other problems in your workplace, your employment standards were violated. If you filed a claim with the Ministry of Labour regarding these problems, we would like to hear from you. We are…

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May 5

May 5, 2015

Recent Ministry of Labour enforcement blitz finds 83% of workplaces in violation of the ESA!

The provincial vulnerable and temporary foreign workers blitz ran from September 1 to November 30, 2014, and was the fifth province-wide employment standards blitz conducted by the Ministry of Labour. The ministry considers vulnerable workers to be those who work in sectors where they may be at greater risk of having their rights violated, and who may lack the ability or resources to understand their rights. Vulnerable workers may include temporary foreign workers, young workers, newcomers to Canada, and those…

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Jan 25

January 25, 2015

International Socialist Review: “The political economy
 of low-wage labor” by By Trish Kahle

“The struggles of fast-food, retail, and other service workers since 2012 have thrust the issue of low-wage work into the national spotlight and shifted the national debate over whether to raise the minimum wage from the federally mandated non-tipped wage of $7.25 per hour. Courageous workers like George Walker, a cabin cleaner at Philadelphia International Airport, have begun challenging their impoverishment as corporate profits soar. “I am over fifty,” Walker said, “and tired of living in poverty.” Walker—forced to choose…

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Jan 14

January 14, 2015

Produce Packer Bonduelle proposes on site housing for migrant workers in Tecumseh, On.

The following post consists of my remarks during a town hall meeting to discuss Bonduelle’s proposal to house up to 60 migrant workers on the packing plant property. The proposal necessitates an amendment to an existing zoning by-law ( Restricted Industrial) to residential so the company can renovate an existing building on site to house up to 60 migrant workers – primarily Jamaican men. What the Windsor Workers’ Education Centre is most concerned with is the isolation and segregation of…

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