TORONTO/NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, July 23, 2013 /CNW/ - The CAW is calling on
all provincial and territorial premiers to press the federal government
to reach a new agreement on health care. The existing health care
accord expires in 2014.
CAW President Ken Lewenza raised concerns about the federal government's
retreat from supporting universal health care and warns of encroaching
privatization, which would see medical care become inaccessible for
"The federal government is bent on a pro-business agenda, at the expense
of Canadians and our long cherished universal, public health care
system. There is an essential fairness built into our health care
system, which I believe reflects the real values of Canadians."
Lewenza will be speaking at the mass rally to be held on Thursday, July
25 at 11:30 a.m.
The rally, organized by the Ontario Health Coalition and Canadian Health
Coalition, will take place at St. Mark's Anglican Church, 41 Byron St.
If a new agreement is not reached, Lewenza warned, the federal share of
funding for health care will decline by $36 billion in coming years. In
a further show of ill-will by the government, it has also cut health
care for refugees, the RCMP, veterans' long-term care beds, and the
Health Council of Canada.
The CAW represents more than 26,000 health care workers from across the
country. The CAW will be sending eight buses of local union leaders,
activists and retirees from across the province to participate in the
The CAW and Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union (CEP) will be
joining together to create a new Canadian union - Unifor, with the goal
of ensuring safer workplaces, secure employment and wages and benefits
that provide a decent standard of living. Unifor will hold its founding
convention over Labour Day weekend, August 30 - September 1, downtown
SOURCE: Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW)
For further information:
For more information, please contact CAW Health Care Director Katha Fortier (cell) 416-799-4679 or CAW Communications Director Shannon Devine (cell) 416-302-1699