For the first time in Ontario’s history, everyone will have the right to 10 days of emergency leave — except auto workers.

The regulations went into effect on Jan. 1 as part of the Fair Workplaces Better Jobs Act, which includes exemptions for auto workers after the automotive industry lobbied the Provincial government. GM, Ford, FCA, Honda, Toyota and others cited the need to keep the industry competitive.

Most Ontario workers will get 10 days for personal emergency leave which includes sick time, plus three days for bereavement. Two of those days will be paid.

Instead of 10 days, auto workers will get seven days a year and three days for bereavement, none paid for.

All workers, including auto workers, in Ontario should be included in all changes to the Employment Standards Act there should not be any exclusions. We urge you to get involve if have not done so already. Talk to your family and friends, if the auto industry can get exemptions, what industry is next? No one is safe.

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