The Decent and Stable Work Task Force Report – October 2020

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Decent and Stable Taskforce
• Paula Gowdie Rose, Chair
• Rosa Tarulli
• Anne Ralph
• Wanda Hollingshead

Identified Barriers for Decent and Stable Work


• Converting Unit 1 positions into temporary or limited term
• Working through paid breaks, lunch break, and personal hours
• Not posting vacant positions and expecting the remaining employees to take on additional workload
• Temporary jobs are repeatedly extended, instead of posting continuing positions
• Unit 2 members are precarious workers, without health benefits and who are often unaware of their rights as members of a Union.


• Alarming rate of age 55+ YUSAPUY members losing employment at York U


• Instability of working conditions
• Lack of access to resources while working from home
• Musculoskeletal injuries and mental health conditions
• Caring for young children and/or vulnerable family members while working
• Additional expenses incurred to work remotely (high speed internet and equipment)

Additional Resources

International Labour Organization Decent Work Agenda

Geneva Adopts What’s Believed to be the Highest Minimum Wage in the World – The Confederation of Canadian Unions

Forward Together – the Toronto & York Region Labour Council

Canadian Labour Congress

Broadbent Institute

On Labour Day We Celebrate the Achievements of Workers and their Unions – The Council of Canadians