Ontario

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Jan 15, 2018
On April 9. 2015, Andy Sokhan texted Gordon Graham saying that he thought that the crane that he was operating was dangerous. Graham, a supervisor for the construction company Forma-Con told Sokhan that if it the crane could be dangerous to use, it should be shut down. The crane was being used to...
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Dec 13, 2017
Labour activists say changes to Ontario’s employment standards and labour laws increase fairness for workers, but more needs to be done to protect people in precarious jobs. Bill 148, The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, passed on Wednesday. The law, which changes the Employment Standards Act (ESA...
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Nov 8, 2017
More than 3,000 striking faculty from Ontario colleges and supporters gathered at Queen’s Park on Thursday, just hours after negotiations resumed between the Ontario Public Service Employees’ Union (OPSEU), the union representing faculty, and the College Employer Council. The government ordered the...
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Nov 8, 2017
The ongoing strike at Ontario’s 24 publically funded colleges puts some of the most vulnerable students at greater risk, say faculty at northern Ontario colleges. More than 12,000 faculty members hit the picket lines on October 16 after the Ontario Public Service Employees’ Union (OPSEU) and the...
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Oct 30, 2017
Ontario workers experiencing domestic and sexual violence need a paid leave, advocates and politicians say. The government of Kathleen Wynne responded by announcing on Oct. 5 that it is changing the Employment Standards Act to guarantee unpaid leave for employees if they, or their children, have...
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Sep 22, 2017
Work has stopped at the GM CAMI automotive plant in Ingersoll, Ontario. Almost 2,800 workers walked off the job on Sunday night after contract negotiations with the company broke down. It's the first strike at the plant in 25 years. Workers want job security, said Dan Borthwick, president of Unifor...
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Aug 4, 2017
The Ontario government's recently announced strategy to increase employment of people with disabilities lacks concrete details about how to meet the complex problem, disability advocates say. The strategy, called Access Talent, was released earlier this month. It challenges all Ontario employers...
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Jul 12, 2017
The summer months are providing little reprieve for staff and representatives at the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) who work with college instructors. The union recently filed to represent contract academic staff at the province's 24 colleges. It's a "historic event of really...
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Aug 16, 2016
One person's red tape is another person's health and safety, but Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne hopes that workers won't make this connection. Wynne's government has ripped off an initiative from the U.K. called the (cut the) Red Tape Challenge. It seeks input into how to get rid of regulations and...
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Aug 16, 2016
Updating labour laws to better address the fractured and complex reality of work today is no easy feat. Ontarians working to achieve better protections for workers -- as well as those fighting against them -- are currently digesting a significant and wide-ranging report addressing the challenges (...
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