TORONTO, May 14, 2013 /CNW/ - The United Steelworkers (USW) launches a
new campaign today entitled "Give Everyone a Chance for Canada's
A key element of the campaign involves asking people affected by the
Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) to speak out about their
first-hand experiences through the campaign's website found at www.everyoneschance.ca. Temporary workers exploited by employers or Canadian workers passed
over or replaced by temporary workers can call a hotline at 1-888-899-4405.
The campaign illustrates how the Harper government in partnership with
corporations is flooding Canada with low-wage and highly vulnerable
temporary workers from abroad at a time of record unemployment,
particularly among youth and Aboriginal communities.
"As a union representing 225,000 workers and their families, we have a
dual responsibility to ensure Canadian wages and working conditions are
not undermined by a permanent class of highly exploited and low-wage
workers," said Ken Neumann, USW National Director. "We also demand that
workers coming to our country are treated with dignity and respect."
The website decries the loss of employer-based job training programs in
Canada and calls for a comprehensive reform of the patchwork of
programs developed at the national and provincial levels. It highlights
the need for job training in mining areas where over 80,000 jobs are
expected to be created by 2016.
"We hope we can conduct the campaign in conjunction with other unions,
community organizations and immigrant groups to bring about wholesale
changes that will lead to a high-wage development model for the benefit
of all Canadians, including newcomers to our shores," said Neumann.
The online portion of the campaign has several interactive features
including a place for people affected by the program to submit their
stories, an opportunity to submit a letter to Immigration Minister
Jason Kenney and Human Resources Minister Diane Finley, and a number of
resources to help Canadians stay informed about the low-wage
development model the federal government is increasingly relying upon.
The USW is also planning actions in targeted communities to educate and
mobilize the public.
The campaign can be found at: www.everyoneschance.ca
SOURCE: United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Ken Neumann, USW National Director, 416-544-5951
Joe Drexler, USW Strategic Campaigns, firstname.lastname@example.org / 416-544-6009