Jun 14

June 14, 2016

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WWEC Gala Fundraiser June 24 2016

Dear Community Partner, The Windsor Workers’ Education Center (WWEC) cordially invites you to our first-ever Gala Dinner and Fundraiser Event on Friday June 24th  2016 at 6:00pm at the St.Clair Centre for the Arts in the International Ballroom. The Windsor Workers’ Education Center is a community organization of workers, students and activists committed to improving the lives and working conditions of people in low-wage and unstable employment. We have come a long way in supporting non-unionized workers in low wage…

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Apr 14

April 14, 2016

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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

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$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

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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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Nov 2

November 2, 2015

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2015 CLIFF Film Festival returns to WWEC

Please join us for the 7th Annual Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLiFF) – Canada’s only Labour film festival. The Canadian Labour International Film Festival tells the stories of workers – unionised and non-unionised. CLiFF is the stage and the voice of those who seek justice on the job and dignity in their workplace. CLiFF would also like to bring the subject of unpaid work into a public discussion Our festival provides a national platform to show and showcase those…

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Oct 13

October 13, 2015

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October 13: What’s up at WWEC

Over the last few weeks WWEC has been hosting a Forms Clinic staffed by St Clair College students who are accompanied by a working Para Legal. This has caused increased traffic into the centre and that’s a good thing! As well, we’re seeing an increase in the number of workers coming in for help from WWEC. For example, workers seeking advice on how to approach their board of director employer regarding an abusive supervisor, a worker injured in a vegetable…

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Sep 29

September 29, 2015

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Ontario Minimum Wage Increases October 1st 2015

Minimum Wage Rate Wage Rates Prior to June 1, 2014 Current Rates June 1, 2014 – September 30, 2015 Rates that will apply as of October 1, 2015 General Minimum Wage $10.25 per hour $11.00 per hour $11.25 per hour Student Minimum Wage $9.60 per hour $10.30 per hour $10.55 per hour Liquor Servers Minimum Wage $8.90 per hour $9.55 per hour $9.80 per hour Hunting and Fishing Guides Minimum Wage $51.25$102.50 $55.00 Rate for working less than five consecutive…

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May 13

May 13, 2015

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CLOSE THE EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS GAP RESEARCH INITIATIVE

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

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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

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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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