NOTE: You are unlikely to get the MPP right away. If you do not, leave a message and ask for a call back from the MPP or a constituency assistant. The general script is very short, but we have included the OFL priorities below. If you’d like to speak directly to any priority you can use the list to add to your message.
Hi, my name is your name, I live in name of riding or neighbourhood and I'm calling to speak with name of the MPP about labour law reform.
I understand that the Liberal government is soon going to act on the recommendations of the Changing Workplaces Review.
I support changes that will make it easier for workers to join and keep a union.
Having a union is the pathway to better work. Having a union make jobs safer, better paid and less precarious – all the research shows this to be true.
So I hope the government helps employees in all corners of our economy finally have real access to unions and fair employment standards in the workplace.
I urge you to ensure legislation meets the priorities set out in the Ontario Federation of Labour’s submission to the Changing Workplaces Review. I also support a $15 minimum wage.
We need more stable jobs and toward less inequality in our province. You are my MPP and I am counting on you to push for these changes.
Thanks for your time.
END OF CALL
List of OFL priorities:
- Invest in stronger enforcement of the ESA and LRA and prosecute employers who flout the law.
- Extend just cause protection within the LRA and to ESA.
- Restore card-check certification; provide early disclosure of workplace information (neutral, online or telephone voting); remedial certification; and expedited and extended power to reinstate workers before the first agreement.
- Provide access to first contract arbitration.
- Extend successor rights to protect workers in the case of contract flipping.
- Consolidate bargaining units in the case of the same certified bargaining agent.
- Provide a framework for broader-based bargaining.
- Guarantee the right to strike - including prohibiting the use of replacement workers, safeguarding the rights of workers who have been involved in a labour dispute (including reinstatement after six months and prohibiting employers from unilaterally deciding to "clean house" after a strike).
We also need fair employment standards for all workers whether they are in a union or not.
- Mandate paid leave for domestic and sexual violence survivors.
- Legislate at least seven (7) paid sick days, extend job-protection to all workplaces for 10 days of unpaid emergency leave and bring Ontario up to the national standard by providing three weeks of paid vacation to all workers.
- End exemptions or exceptions in the Employment Standards Act (ESA) and Labour Relations Act (LRA) - the rules must apply to everyone and protect everyone.
- Expand the definition of employer in both the ESA and LRA, including joint and several liability as well as related and joint employers.
- Legislate equal pay and benefits for equal work (including temporary agency, part-time, casual and contract workers) and eliminate sub-minimum wage rates established in the ESA.
- Provide at least two weeks of advanced scheduling notice.
- Expand the definition of employee to stop the misclassification of workers.
- I also fully support increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour.