Nov 9

November 9, 2016

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Migrant Dreams screened at Windsor International Film Festival

On Sunday Nov. 6th, the documentary Migrant Dreams screened at WIFF. The film makers, workers featured in the film, and activists attended and the whole apparatus of the Temporary Foreign Worker program was examined by highlighting the lives of several women workers from Indonesia. It was important to show this film in Windsor since the greenhouse owners have become wealthy largely on the backs of low waged workers who face racism, sexism, and denial of rights. Local photographer Doug MacLellan…

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Nov 1

November 1, 2016

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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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Oct 2

October 2, 2016

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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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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