Written By: Wednesday, May 16th 2018

The Grey Bruce Labour Council is hosting a public forum on workers’ rights under the new Provincial Fair Workplaces Better Jobs Act 2017.

 May 16th from 6:30 pm for the press, from 7:00 pm for the public

Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre (Bay Room) in Owen Sound

 Ontario’s new labour protections under this legislation have already sparked much debate throughout Ontario and here in Grey Bruce. This legislation and these changes have become a significant campaign issue for all parties, particularly the plan to raise the minimum wage in the Province to $15 an hour by 2019.

 But what are the new rights that workers in Ontario have? Why are they so important to the health of our community? And what do they mean for workers and employers?

 To help us answer these questions, the Grey Bruce Labour Council has invited Deena Ladd, the Executive Director of the Workers’ Action Centre in Toronto, one of the many groups (including the Ontario Federation of Labour) that pushed for this legislation and for changes to Bill 148 when it was introduced, including the raise in the minimum wage other changes to tackle precarious jobs.

 “We know that there is much confusion surrounding this new legislation and many people don’t understand the new labour law changes,” says Kevin Smith, President of the Grey Bruce Labour Council, “And that’s why we invited Deena to come up and help explain them. We want to make sure people in our community know what they are, why they’re needed, and how they will benefit all of us, before we go to the polls on June 7th.”

 Media are invited to interview Deena at 6:30 pm in the Bay Room. Doors open to the public at 7:00 pm.

 Nominated candidates from all registered political parties will be invited. But this is not an all candidates meeting, and they will not be asked to debate the new legislation. Candidates will be welcome to stay after the forum to meet with constituents in the foyer outside the Bay Room.