Hard times like the COVID-19 pandemic only give our workers’ movement momentum. Lockdowns don’t keep us from organizing and the economic devastation of low-income workers just makes it more crucial that we support workers to stand up for their rights. The Workers’ Bowl fundraiser makes it possible for the Workers’ Action Centre to keep building up leaders in the movement through consistent education programs, community outreach, and organizing with workers who reach out for help. These leaders who’ve dealt with workplace violations and abuse are the ones who rise up to define the demands of the decent work movement.
Building movements begins with building relationships, which our organizers do in many communities across the GTA. Every outreach event is an opportunity to talk with workers and to show our members how to do the same. Strong connections with several communities from Peel to Scarborough are the reason we know what workers are facing and are willing to fight for together.
Hundreds of candid conversations with those affected by precarious work continuously shape the work WAC does to understand how to support workers. Workers’ Action Centre members were eager to share their workplace experiences at the end of 2020 and into early 2021, letting us know the biggest challenges in workplaces today. Many who called our workers’ rights phone line enthusiastically joined the conversations, and then joined our membership this year.
Our members are people who’ve been directly affected by precarious work — they are of all ages and backgrounds and work in several sectors. With a diversity of workers — from Bengali to Tamil and Chinese to Latinx — taking their seats at the table to offer insights and then learning how to organize together, we are building a movement destined to win!
Together, we’ve already made changes that were once thought to be impossible. Help us keep educating and organizing with workers to ensure basic employment rights. Please donate today. Your support makes each small victory possible as we fight to pull people out of poverty and toward a just recovery.