Nov 2

November 2, 2015


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... Read more

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Oct 13

October 13, 2015


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... Read more

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Sep 29

September 29, 2015


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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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