Celebrate International Workers Day 2023 by taking action!

Region 5 RVP Coleen Houlder stands with Olivia Chow and OFL President Patty Coates at 2023 May Day rally in Toronto. Photo by Chandra-Li Paul

May 1 is International Workers Day, also known as May Day – a day for workers around the world to celebrate worker solidarity and recommit to the fight for workers’ rights everywhere.

There are lots of ways OPSEU/SEFPO members can celebrate and take action on May Day, and throughout the month of May. Here are just a few:

Vote for public hospitals in the Ontario Health Coalition’s citizen-run referendum throughout May!

You can vote in person at a voting station near you (coming soon), or vote online starting May 2.

From the website: “Please make your opinion heard! This is a citizen-run referendum on the Ontario government’s plan to privatize our core public hospital services to for-profit hospitals and for-profit clinics.”

Find out more at PublicHospitalVote.ca.

Sign up for the Enough is Enough campaign and plan to attend a June 3 event near you!

Are you fed up with the rich getting richer while workers struggle to get by?

Sign up for the OFL’s Enough is Enough campaign, and attend the Day of Action on June 3 at local events across the province! Here are the demands:

  1. Real wage increases
  2. Keep schools and health care public
  3. Affordable groceries, gas and basic goods
  4. Rent control and affordable housing
  5. Make the banks and corporations pay.

OPSEU/SEFPO members: Keep an eye on OPSEU/SEFPO’s event calendar!

Check out OPSEU/SEFPO’s online events calendar and sign up for OPSEU/SEFPO conferences, events, educationals and actions near you!

Our weekly OPSEU/SEFPO This Week email for members also lists upcoming union events, so check it out every Friday. Make sure you’re on our email list by updating your email address in the OPSEU/SEFPO Member Portal at members.opseu.org.

Join the Migrant Rights Network to win #StatusforAll migrants!

The Migrant Rights Network is “a migrant-led movement to win full and permanent immigration status for all migrants, including undocumented people.”

There are lots of ways to take action in the fight for justice for migrant workers in Canada. From petitions and surveys to in-person actions, get involved today!

Sign up at migrantrights.ca to find out more.

Attend free Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts events throughout May in the Greater Toronto Area!

If you live in the GTA or are planning to travel there during May, check out the Mayworks Festival event program! All events are free, but for some events with limited capacity, registration is required.

OPSEU/SEFPO is proud to be a Presenting Partner, and we encourage all members in the area to take in as many as possible of the 24 events by 29 artists, focused on labour themes.

(Photo credit: Chandra-Li Paul, OFL)