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Members of CUPE distributed a leaflet at subway stations surrounding Queen’s Park on Tuesday, February 19, in advance of the Ontario Throne Speech. The leaflet includes 15 reasons to support collective bargaining.

“Collective bargaining and independent contract arbitration are important not just to union members, but to all Ontarians,” said CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn. “We are raising awareness about those benefits, which include parental leave and workplace safety standards. We will be watching the Throne speech for a clear statement from the government that they will not pursue their attacks on these important rights.”

Tell the Premier you support free collective bargaining and independent contract arbitration! Go to messageyourmpp.ca.

CUPE Ontario represents 240,000 workers in every Ontario community who provide services in schools, universities, health care, social services and municipalities.

Here are 15 common workplace standards first negotiated, through collective bargaining, by unions like CUPE:

  1. Parental leave
  2. Statutory holidays
  3. Employment standards
  4. Health and safety regulations
  5. Right to refuse unsafe work
  6. 40-hour work week
  7. Paid vacation leave
  8. Bereavement leave
  9. Pay equity
  10. Same-sex benefits
  11. Minimum wage
  12.  Pensions
  13. Anti-harassment protection
  14. Sick leave
  15. The weekend

Related article:

Throne speech a starting point, budget will be real proof of government’s “new direction” (Feb. 20, 2013)