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BACKGROUND. At the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) 2011 convention, delegates witnessing how austerity budgets around the world and in Canada were beginning to undermine public sector  workers and programs, passed an action plan calling for an Ontario Common Front. . Mission Statement.

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BACKGROUND

At the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) 2011 convention, delegates witnessing how austerity budgets around the world and in Canada were beginning to undermine public sector  workers and programs, passed an action plan calling for an Ontario Common Front.


Mission statement

Mission Statement

  • To bring together groups, organizations, and individuals across Ontario that are working to expose growing inequality in Ontario and propose workable solutions to fix it.

  • To support local campaigns with provincial coordination and resources.

  • To garner media attention in local communities through highlighting the negative fall-out of the cuts, and always providing an alternative.

  • To move the Ontario government to adopt policies and legislation that create greater economic and social justice for everyone


Provincial council representation

Provincial Council Representation

  • Six (6) representatives of community organizations with a provincial presence (to be determined by the provincial community organization sector)

  • Six (6) representatives of labour organizations (three labour council appointments and three from OFL affiliated unions)

  • One (1) First Nations representative determined by a circle process facilitated by the OFL’s Vice-President for Aboriginal Persons.

  • Five (5) equity representatives reflecting the diversity of Ontario – women, youth, workers of colour, disability, LGBTQ (to be determined by consultation between equity-seeking community organizations and the OFL’s equity leadership).


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GOALS

  • Galvanize public opposition to public spending cuts

  • Build public support for rolling-back corporate tax cuts and introducing a wealth tax

  • Strengthen the ability of people to address growing inequality


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FOCUS GROUPS

  • Toronto & Kitchener

    • Insecurity about the economy

    • Concern about cuts to services

    • The word Austerity didn’t resonate


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POLLING


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POLLING

  • The poll showed the 68% of the public would like to see corporations pay their fair share to help reduce the Ontario deficit

  • 74% supported and additional ten percent tax on individual income above 250,000


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PUBLIC RELATIONS

  • Radio ads - April 17 -21

  • Earned media (T.V. radio, print)

  • Website

  • Facebook


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2nd COMMON FRONT ASSEMBLY

  • On April 20, over 100 activists from labour and community gathered in downtown Toronto to strategize about the next phase of the We Are Ontario campaign

  • A mission, organizational structure and recommendations for a plan of action were adopted


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APRIL 21 DAY OF ACTION

  • Over 15,000 Ontarians amassed at Queen’s Park under the banner “We Are Ontario”

  • Nearly 90 labour unions and community groups joined together in protesting McGuinty’s deep cuts to jobs and services

  • Over 100 buses rolled in from across the province


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RESULTS AT Q.P.

  • Two percent surtax on $500,000 earners

  • Childcare, $242 million added

  • Welfare & Disability added $55 million

  • Northern Hospitals, $20 million added

  • Second reading on Bill 77 Labour Law Reform


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Provincial Common Front

We are Ontario

Steering Committee

  • Step It Up

  • OFL

  • Labour Councils

  • CBTU

  • LATUC

  • Aboriginal Communities

  • OCASI

  • ACORN

  • CFS

  • ODSP

  • Colour of Poverty

  • OHC

  • ISARC

  • Nia


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REGIONALMEETINGS

  • London Common Front (CF)

  • Hamilton People’s Forum

  • K-W Common Front

  • Mississauga-Brampton (CF TBD)

  • Cornwall (CF TBD)

  • Thunder Bay (CF TBD)


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Falling Behind Press Conference in K-W


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Train-the-trainer workshops

  • Falling Behind (complete)

  • Civil Disobedience (TBD)


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Launch of KW Common Front


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EQUITY

  • Pride Parade in Toronto, OFL under the banner “We Are Ontario: Out and Proud”

  • November 9-11, 2012 Equity Conference titled, “We Are Ontario: Putting Equity Ahead of Austerity”


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Cuts

Cuts

Testimonials

Events

Reports


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