Harm reduction workers make harm reduction work.
Over the last year, harm reduction workers across the city of Toronto have been organizing the world’s first harm reduction workers’ union. We are the kit makers, outreach workers, community workers, and coordinators that reduce the harms associated with bad drug laws, poverty and capitalism.
As working class people, our communities have been hard hit by the War on Drugs, the epidemics of HIV, Hepatitis C and overdose deaths. We are organizing to better our working conditions and improve the services we provide. And we are organizing to fight for a society free of oppression and injustice- but we need your support.
We are affiliated with the Industrial Workers of the World - a fighting union for all workers. As such, we're a DIY union without paid staff or big organizing budgets. Any contribution to our campaign goes directly to the workers involved. Here are a few examples of what your contributions will do:
-A $5 donation will pay one month's dues of an extremely low wage worker, allowing them to take part in direct union democracy and organizing within their industry.
-$9 buys us 3 transit tokens, enough to support three workers in attending a meeting or event.
-$25 pays our phone bill for one month, allowing for a more interconnected and accessible union.
-$50-100 helps us pay for a run of buttons and t-shirts, so that workers and allies can visibly show their support and solidarity, in their workplaces and beyond.
-$200 helps fund an Organizer Training 101, a 2-day workshop which arms workers with the knowledge and skills they need to build power in their workplaces from the bottom up.
For more information about who we are and what we're doing, or to get in touch, please visit our website, or send us an email.
-Toronto Harm Reduction Workers Union