International Human Rights day Celebration December 10

Where: OPSEU building, 31 Wellesley Street Toronto (Yonge and Wellesley)
Time: 1:00-3:00 P.M.

You are invited to attend the NUJPC (National Union of Journalists-Philippines – Canada Chapter) at OPSEU Wellesley Office – Membership Centre, this coming Saturday, December 10 in celebration of the International Human Rights Day.

We expect journalists from some countries to attend, eg Latin America, Columbia, etc. Also, Global News TV will come to our event to talk to us and gather materials for their TV documentary on HR situation especially about mining by Canadian companies and mining’s environmental damage to the people and the ecosystems.

A group of young musicians will render a song about hope, freedom and solidarity, to be followed by a forum and solidarity messages.

A light snacks/refreshments will be provided.

Hope you can come, and feel free to bring along family/friends.

The Caregivers’ Action Centre gathering

Where: 720 Spadina Avenue, Suite 223, Toronto (Spadina & Bloor)

When: December 10, 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

 

The Caregivers’ Action Centre is happy to invite you all to join us and celebrate with us.

We have entertainers that will put smiles on our faces. For those who have love for music… we do have magic Sing…this will be a great fun of Singing.

Amazing people will be there to talk to…so please do come and have fun with us.

 

Come and support migrant farm workers rights to live and be part of our communities!

When: December 13, 2011 at 5:00pm
Where: Norfolk County Administration Building
Council Chambers
50 Colborne St. South
Simcoe, ON
N3Y 4H3

On December 13, 2011, Justicia for Migrant Workers (J4MW) is urging community members and allies to attend this important county council meeting and support the rights of migrant workers to live in our communities. Justicia for Migrant Workers are urging allies to provide deputations in support of the right of migrant workers. Recently in Norfolk county there has been strong opposition from local community members of Windham Centre to oppose the conversion of a former elementary school into a bunkhouse for migrant workers. Some community members have expressed concern that if migrant workers are to be permitted to live next to them the sheer number of migrants will lead to “a potential increase in crime, pressure on existing water and septic systems, and a decrease in local property values” according to the local newspaper. A resident was quoted in the same story arguing that the migrant workers should not permitted to live at the potential site because its not adjoined to the employer’s property. The resident argues “A bunkhouse is supposed to be on the property where (the workers) are employed and where they are under supervision.”

The comments are unacceptable and offensive to the dignity of the men and women who grow our food. Furthermore, these disturbing comments expose a trend of racism that appears to be too common in farming areas where the presence of migrant workers is essential to their economy. Migrant workers are welcome to toil in our fields but they are not good enough to live as our neighbours.

J4MW strongly condemns the xenophobic and racist response from the community to the tentative arrival of approximately 40 migrant workers to their community. Rather than attack the workers and deny their presence in Windham centre, J4MW is urging that:
– migrant worker rights to be respected by the community
– refocus efforts to ensure that migrant housing is protected through Landlord tenant legislation which currently excludes agricultural operations.
– bunkhouse and other migrant farmworkers housing is open to inspection from migrant rights organization such as J4MW.
– migrant workers rights at work are respected and that steps will be provided to ensure anti-reprisal measures against workers who want to complain relating to working and living conditions.

Newspapers links for references:

Migrant bunkhouse plan for Windham Centre meets with resistance-Simcoe Reformer
http://www.simcoereformer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3375128

Company Defends Plans for Former School- Brantford Expositor
http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/PrintArticle.aspx?e=3384092

For more information
web: www.justicia4migrantworkers.org
tumblr: http://j4mw.tumblr.com/
facebook: http://www.facebook.com/justice4mw
twitter: http://twitter.com/j4mw
e-mail: j4mw.on@gmail.com

Government ends Ming Pao strike, orders arbitration

December 2, 2011, TORONTO – The Ontario Labour Relations Board has ordered an end to the 11-week strike at the Chinese Canadian newspaper Ming Pao Daily. The union contract will be decided within weeks by an arbitrator.

The Labour Board issued a scorching 14-page decision, placing the blame for the impasse at the feet of the employer for failing to recognize the legitimacy of the union and refusing to negotiate fairly.

“This is a great victory and the strikers want to thank the community and the labour movement for the support throughout the last three months,” said Union Chair Simon Sung, a graphic artist at the newspaper. “The families of the strikers were behind us too, and that made all of the difference.”

When the strike began, the union and the company were at odds over wages and job security. During bargaining, the company laid off 10 employees including the chair and vice chair of the union bargaining team. Legal proceedings regarding those layoffs continue at the Labour Board later this month.

For further information contact Simon Sung at 647-404-9428 or Paul Morse, president of CEP Local 87-M Southern Ontario Newsmedia Guild at 1-905-536-5650.