150年在一起 ― 我們今後也在一起

多倫多和約克地區勞工議會聯合我們多元化的工會和成員慶祝2022年勞動節

•多倫多及約克地區勞工議會主席Andria Babbington在勞動節記者會上致詞。

在COVID-19持續了兩年半之後,是時候再次走上街頭了。今年勞動節,多倫多和約克地區勞工議會以及來自多倫多和約克地區的數千名勞動人民將在這座城市的街道上遊行。我們將共同慶祝勞工在多倫多街頭遊行150周年,展示我們的力量和決心。我們將與我們的兄弟姐妹、同志們一道,繼續為各地的勞動人民而戰。

在過去的一年裡,工人們有很多事情要應付。長期的大流行,政府重新採取緊縮政策,雇主忽視工人的犧牲,以及高通脹,使許多行業越來越多工人不滿的聲音不斷增加。一個明顯的例子是:福特向教育工作者提供1.25%和2%的工資增長,而通貨膨脹率為8%。

我們必須繼續努力糾正這種剝削行為。我們將共同展示我們作為勞工運動的力量和決心。

勞工組織和工人行動主義正在興起。集體談判是勞動人民在工作中獲得發言權的方式。隨著北美各地的工人在星巴克、Indigo、Canada Goose、PetSmart和亞馬遜以及安省技術安全和標準局(TSSA)成功組建工會,我們看到加入勞工運動的願望正在加速。我們將共同為更多的工人帶來工會的好處。我們將一起為工會成員爭取公平的集體協定。

工人們不僅致力於為工作場所和經濟正義而戰,而且還致力於社會、種族和氣候正義。我們為「全體工人」而戰,這也是為我們的家庭和社區。我們需要優質的公共服務、公平的資金、負擔得起的住房和公平。每天,勞工議會都致力於宣導黑人,原住民和有色人種(BIPOC)的性別平等和公平,使工人能夠以更可持續的方式改善工作並加強經濟。

今年勞動節後,是2022年市政選舉的臨近,我們鼓勵工會成員投票並自願為進步候選人助選。我們將繼續我們的政治談判運動,要求制定為勞動人民帶來積極變化的政策。我們將清楚表明我們的要求:大流行後的未來,包括為工人和社區提供一個公正、就業機會豐富的過渡,這種過渡是民主的、以工人為中心和以公共服務為主導的。

自1872年以來,我們一直在努力跟進改善150年前勞動人民的要求:更高的工資,更好的工作條件和集體談判的權利。值此勞動節150周年之際,讓我們共同努力,為我們的年輕一代和新加拿大人傳達一個信息,即工會是一個真正的選擇。通過組織和慶祝這個勞動節,讓我們與同事和勞工社區建立更多的聯繫。我們將繼續發展我們的集體社區,並繼續團結的文化。

我們將一起!

多倫多和約克地區勞工委員會主席


150 Years Together – Together We Will

Toronto & York Region Labour Council in Association with our Diverse Unions and Members

After two-and-a-half years of COVID-19, it’s time to take to the streets again. This Labour Day, the Toronto & York Region Labour Council and thousands of working people from across Toronto and York Region will march through the streets of this city. Together, we will celebrate the 150th anniversary of labour marching in Toronto streets and demonstrating our power and determination. Together with our sisters, brothers, and comrades, we will continue to fight for working people everywhere.

Workers have had a lot to deal with in the past year. The prolonged pandemic, return to austerity by governments, employers ignoring workers’ sacrifices, and high inflation keeps raising a growing voice of worker dissatisfaction in many sectors. One obvious example: Ford offers wage increases to education workers of 1.25% and 2% while the inflation rate is 8%.

We must keep fighting to correct this exploitative behaviour. Together we will show our power and strength as a labour movement.

Labour organizing and worker activism are on the rise. Collective bargaining is how working people gain a voice at their job. As workers successfully unionize across North America at Starbucks, Indigo, Canada Goose, PetSmart and Amazon, and also at Ontario’s Technical Safety and Standards Authority (TSSA), we see that the desire to join the labour movement is picking up steam. Together we will bring the benefits of unions to more workers. Together we will fight for union members to get fair collective agreements.

Workers aren’t only committed to fighting for workplace and economic justice, but also for social, racial, and climate justice. We fight for the “whole worker”, meaning for our families and communities as well. We need quality public services, fair funding, affordable housing, and equity. Every day, the Labour Council is dedicated to advocating for gender equality and fairness for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), empowering workers to improve their jobs and strengthen the economy in a more sustainable way.

This Labour Day, as the 2022 Municipal Election is approaching, we encourage union members to vote and volunteer for progressive candidates. We will continue our political bargaining campaigns to demand policies that bring positive changes for working people. We will make our demand clear: a post-pandemic future that includes a just, job-rich transition for workers and communities which is democratic, worker-focused and public-service-led.

Marching since 1872, we keep fighting to improve what working people demanded 150 years ago: higher pay, better working conditions and the right to bargain collectively. At this 150th anniversary of Labour Day, let’s work together to bring to our younger generation and new Canadians a message that a union is a real option. By organizing and celebrating this Labour Day, let’s get more connected to our colleagues and our labour communities. We will keep growing our collective community and continue the culture of solidarity.

Together we will!

President, Toronto & York Region Labour Council