Good Jobs Summit brings together students, university, unions and
academics to hold national conversation about job creation solutions
TORONTO, June 26, 2014 /CNW/ - CNN commentator, social justice advocate
and best-selling author Van Jones will deliver the keynote address for
the multi-partner national Good Jobs Summit, taking place in Toronto in
Van Jones is co-host of CNN's Crossfire reboot, and president and co-founder of Rebuild the Dream, a platform
for bottom-up, people-powered innovations to help fix the U.S. economy.
A Yale-educated attorney, Van has written two New York Times best sellers: The Green Collar Economy, the definitive book on green jobs, and Rebuild the Dream, a roadmap for progressives in 2012 and beyond. In 2009, Van worked as
the green jobs advisor to the Obama White House. Van is also the
founder of Green For All, a national organization working to get green
jobs to disadvantaged communities.
"We think that Van Jones will make an incredible contribution to the
conversation that we need to have here in Canada about how we create
quality employment opportunities, particularly for young workers and
students," said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. "We know that
the economy is churning out an increasing number of part-time,
temporary and precarious jobs, which many cannot even afford to live on
- we need to have a serious conversation about solutions."
The Summit is sponsored by Canada's newest labour union Unifor, the
Canadian Federation of Students, the Canadian Centre for Policy
Alternatives and the CAW-Ryerson Social Justice Chair, with the goal of
sparking a national conversation about the quality of work in Canada
and creating good jobs - particularly for students and young workers.
Ryerson's Centre for Labour Management Relations will host the event.
Invitations are going out to other organizations and industry groups to
participate - with the objective of hosting a dialogue between
government, industry, students, academics, post-secondary institutions,
NGOs and unions.
"Creating good jobs is a non-partisan issue and one that all Canadians
should care about. To design a good job takes no more effort than it
does to design a bad job and because of that, there really are no more
excuses for why bad jobs should continue to exist," said Dr. Maurice
Mazerolle, Director of the Centre for Labour Management Relations.
The Good Jobs Summit, which is expected to draw at least 1,000 people,
will take place at Mattamy Athletic Centre at the Gardens (formerly
Maple Leaf Gardens), October 3-5. Regional activities and events will
also be organized across Canada - locations and format to be
Event program information will be released over the next month.
The new Good Jobs Summit website features a discussion paper, examining the employment landscape and a
promotional video, created by and featuring young workers from Toronto
For further information:
Please visit: www.goodjobssummit.ca or contact:
Communications Department, Unifor