TORONTO, Dec. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Active unions and free collective
bargaining are essential to building a prosperous Canada and a stable
middle class, Conservative Senator Hugh Segal told Unifor's Ontario
Regional Council this morning, downtown Toronto.
"My Canada is one where trade unions and free collective bargaining make
Canada a better place to live," Segal said in an unconventional address
by a high-profile Conservative to a union gathering.
Earlier this year, Segal led Senate efforts to amend the Harper
government's anti-union Bill 377.
"It was bad law, it was unconstitutional," Segal said, adding that he
will continue to oppose the bill if the Harper government attempts to
"As I stand before you today, I will stand in the Senate and oppose it
Unifor National President Jerry Dias said the union appreciates the
support that Segal has shown for organized labour, despite his
Conservative Party's anti-union policies.
"Senator Segal understands the vital role unions play in our society,"
he said. "He has shown that he is a man of principle, and that's what
Canada needs today."
Segal pointed out that Canada's first Prime Minister Sir John A
MacDonald, also a Conservative, supported strong labour laws for
Canada, believing that collective bargaining was essential to building
Canada into a prosperous nation.
"My friends, that's the kind of conservative you have standing in front
of you this morning," Segal said.
Segal also pledged to oppose any attempt to get rid of the Rand formula,
which sets out that all workers in a unionized workplace shall pay
dues, even if they choose to not join the union.
The video of Senator Segal's speech will be available on YouTube by
12:30 p.m. today. http://www.youtube.com/UniforCanada
The Unifor Ontario Regional Council is meeting for the first time this
weekend, December 6-8 downtown Toronto at the Sheraton Centre, bringing
together more than 750 elected delegates from local unions across the
Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, with more than
300,000 members. It was founded Labour Day weekend with the merging of
the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and
SOURCE: Unifor the union
For further information:
Unifor Communications Stuart Laidlaw (647) 385-4054