News and Events
August 29, 2013 OPSEU’s Workers of Colour Caucus
celebrates the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream”
speech, delivered to 250,000 people at the March on Washington for civil rights
on August 28, 1963 more....
August 29, 2013 The Workers of Colour Caucus invites all members to
celebrate North America’s largest festival of Caribbean history and culture
-Toronto Caribbean Carnival on Saturday, Aug. 3. We’ll be at Junior Carnival and
Carnival in Vaughn and Barrie too!
June 21, 2013 In celebration of Toronto PRIDE and in support of diverse
LGBTTIQQ2S communities, the Workers of Colour invite you to a free brunch on
June 30th. more...
March 23, 2013
Angered and frustrated by the contract offer put forward by the LCBO, the LBED
bargaining team has called for a strike vote in April more...
January 24, 2013 Black History Month is a time to
acknowledge historical figures and movements that contributed to the struggle
for all against social injustice and inequality.
August 2, 2012
The Region 5 Workers of Colour Caucus invite all members to the first annual Region 5 Barbeque and Family Picnic to be held on August 25 at 11 a.m. at Beaches Park in Toronto. Free food,
refreshments, music, and other entertainment will be provided. Don’t miss your chance to meet new members, network and have some fun!
July 25, 2012
The Workers of Colour Caucus invite all members to participate at this year’s
Toronto Caribbean Festival to be held on August 4th, 2012.
July 25, 2012
The Workers of Colour Caucus invite members to the Region 5 Workers of Colour meeting. The event will be held at the OPSEU Wellesley Membership
Center on July 28, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To download the event flyer, please click
July 13, 2012
The Workers of Colour and the Asian-Canadian Alliance held the forum
“Celebrating Asian Activism and Unity” in recognition of Asian Heritage Month.
With photos from event more...
Asian Canadian Heritage Month Celebrations at OPSEU
The OPSEU Workers of Colour invite you to the forum,
“Celebrating Asian Activism and Unity” a family-friendly afternoon of
performances, food and inspiration being held on May 26th .
The event will include a wide range of speakers including
representatives from SEIU, CAW, The World Journal and the Korea Times Daily.
Performances include the choreography of Ores Ting, the music of John Chen
and a special video presentation. Activities for children include
face-painting and a drawing table and much, much more…
Download the Event flyer
Event agenda .doc
Register now for the Aboriginal Workers and Workers of Colour Conference
May 5th is just around the corner - it’s time to register
for Labour Council’s tenth annual Aboriginal Workers and Workers of Colour
Conference, being held on Saturday May 5th at the OFL Building. This year’s
theme is “Austerity for Whom? Advancing Equity in a time of Austerity.” As
the layoffs and cutbacks threaten the gains made by workers of colour in
many workplaces, there needs to be a concerted response to this artificial
crisis. The cost is only $50, which includes lunch. For more information
firstname.lastname@example.org The registration form can be downloaded at
February 6, 2012 The Workers of Colour invite OPSEU
members to the Black History Month Forum in recognition of the past and prsent
contibutions of Black Canadians
February 1, 2012 Celebrating Black History Month.
July 29, 2011 OPSEU has purchased billboard space in the TTC to display its support for the UN’s 2011 International Year for People of African Descent.
July 11, 2011 It’s your last chance to register
with the OPSEU Workers of Colour float at Caribana! The Workers of Colour Caucus
will be at this year's Caribana festival on Saturday July 30, 2011 in Toronto.
Particpants will ride with the OPSEU Caribana float and a live DJ. Costumes,
food and refreshments will be provided. . more...
June 24, 2011 In celebration of Toronto PRIDE and in
support of diverse LGBTTIQ communities, the Workers of Colour Caucus (WOCC) is
hosting a free brunch at the Toronto Wellesley Membership Center on Sunday, July
3, 2011 at 10 a.m. more...
May 17, 2011 Asian Heritage Month provides annual
recognition and celebration of the presence, heritage and cultures of Asian and
South Asian people in Canada. .more...
March 24, 2011 In recognition of the “Week
of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling against Racism and Racial
Discrimination”, the Workers of Colour call attention to a report co-produced by
the Wellesley Institute and the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives that
finds a colour-code is clearly still at work in Canada’s Labour Market. .
March 22, 2011 In recognition of May Day celebrations,
the Workers of Colour invite you to “Up Against the Temp shop” - an early May
Day Assembly scheduled for April 4, 2011 at Ryerson University.
March 21, 2011 The UN designated March 21 as the
International Day for the Elimination of Racism and Racial Discrimination in
recognition of the tragic events that took place on March 21, 1960 in
Sharpeville, South Africa when 69 peaceful demonstrators were killed and
March 9, 2011 The first ever Ontario Federation of Labour
(OFL) Workers of Colour Assembly will be held on March 25 and 26, 2011. This
Assembly will provide a safe space for open dialogue about issues that affect
each of our racialized communities
February 4, 2011
The Workers of Colour recognize Black History Month as a month for all Canadians
to acknowledge the past and present contributions of African Canadians
Organizations Express Outrage at Maclean’s Article
February 1, 2011 The
Workers of Colour Caucus adds support to the many organizations and
individuals who are calling for an apology from Maclean’s for its recent
article “Too Asian?” The caucus says that the Maclean’s article has had a
tremendously negative impact on Asian and other racialized communities and
has resulted in tensions and ultra-heightened awareness for these
communities. Download the OFL letter to
Caribana 2010: Celebrating our histories, Celebrating our diversities
July 8, 2010 OPSEU Workers of Colour Caucus (WOCC) invites you to join the Caribana parade on July 31, 2010.
"The growing gap": the role of race and
gender in the Ontario labour market
June 10, 2010 According to a study commissioned
by the Center for Policy Alternatives, racialized Ontarians are more
likely to live in poverty, to face barriers in Ontario workplaces,
even when they get a job, and are more likely to earn less and to
live in poverty than the rest of Ontarians. The study looks at 2006
census data to describe the labour market experiences of racialized
Ontarians. Among the core findings of the study:
Though racialized Ontarians
had a higher participation rate in the labour market than non-racialized
Ontarians, they faced higher unemployment. That is, despite a
willingness to work, the rate of unemployment among racialized
Ontarians was strikingly high when compared to their non-racialized
cohorts, particularly when gender is accounted for. For example,
racialized women had an unemployment rate that was 63% higher
than non-racialized women and that was 75% higher than non-racialized
men. Of racialized Ontarians that identify as black, the rate of
unemployment was 76% as compared to non-racialized Ontarians.
Racialized workers were paid
77.5 cents for every dollar that non-racialized workers were
paid. Looking at employment earnings by gender complicates the
picture even further. Racialized women earn 84.7 cents for every
dollar non-racialized women were paid in 2005; and 53.4 cents
for every dollar non-racialized men were paid in 2005. The
multiple impacts of “race” and gender likely have a
disproportionately negative effect on labour market outcomes.
Often differences in labour
market earnings and employment are attributed to differences in
educational attainment, immigration status, or other factors
other than “race” and gender. However, even when controlling for
such factors, differences between racialized and non-racialized
groups did not close. For example, first generation racialized
Ontarians aged 25-44 who have a university education earned less
than non-racialized immigrants of the same age and educational
attainment. Where 1st generation racialized women earned
$34,337, 1st generation non-racialized women earned $42, 675 as
compared to $77, 732 for 1st generation non-racialized men.
Differences in access to
employment and in employment incomes are reflected in shockingly
higher poverty rates for racialized Ontarians. The statistics
indicate that while 6% of non-racialized families live in
poverty, nearly three times the share of racialized families,
18.7%, live in poverty.
For the complete report, click
Asian-Canadian Labour Alliance celebrates 10th
June 8, 2010 The
Asian-Canadian Labour Alliance (ACLA) is celebrating its 10th
anniversary. The event will feature live art, film screenings, music and
speakers to commemorate the work of Asian labour activists fighting for
racial and economic justice.
Wed. June 9, 6-8 p.m.
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education,
252 Bloor St. W.
Peace Lounge 7th floor
Download event poster
Legal community decries proposed refugee reform bill
April 8, 2010 OPSEU’s Workers of Colour Committee has drawn to the union’s attention an informative news release about very troublesome changes to refugee law proposed by the Harper government.