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Better Workplace Rights for a Better Economy



Deena Ladd (Co-founder and Coordinator, Workers' Action Centre)

Talk description:

The rise of unstable jobs, increased contract and temp work, the growing low-wage Ontario economy….these are all hot topics in any discussion for anyone examining the labour market or looking for a job.  But what do we do about it? What are the possibilities for making change as the Ontario Government reviews all our labour laws in 2016? Can we challenge the growth of precarious work?  What are the opportunities for unions and community groups to work together to build a better economy for our communities?  These issues and more will be explored by Deena Ladd in her presentation.

Presenter Bio: 

Deena Ladd has been immersed for twenty years in community and labour organizing, education, training and building various organizations to support the actions and voice of immigrant, racialized, women and low-wage workers in Ontario.

She was an organizer with the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (now called UNITE) and worked with retail, garment, social service, warehouse and manufacturing workers. Deena developed training courses and education for young workers, women, workers of colour and LGBTQ workers in the trade union movement and Maquila Solidarity Network. She has been active in a number of community, international coalitions and networks such as HomeNet, North American Alliance for Fair Employment, Toronto Coalition against Racism, Desh Pardesh, Council of Agencies Serving South Asians, Migrant Workers Alliance for Change and the Good Jobs for All Coalition. She is one of the co-founders and is the coordinator of the Workers’ Action Centre (WAC) – a worker-based organization committed to improving the lives and working conditions of people in low-wage and unstable employment. WAC brings workers together to to fight for fair employment and to provide leadership in our struggle for fairness and dignity at work.

For more information, check out the WAC website www.workersactioncentre.org and follow her on Twitter@DeenaLadd.

Event Details:

When: Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Time: 12:00 Noon - 1:30 pm

Where: OISE/UT --- Room 3-104 --- For directions, please look under Contact Us.

*No registration required. 

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