HAMILTON, ON, Oct. 16, 2013 /CNW/ - Leaders of several major Ontario
unions will be in Hamilton Wednesday night to host a forum on income
inequality in Ontario.
Date: October 16, 2013
Time: 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Place: Lincoln Alexander Centre, 160 King St. East, Hamilton
"The growing gap between high-income earners and everyone else is the
number one economic story of our time, yet with few exceptions our
politicians and business leaders are either making it worse or ignoring
it altogether," says James Clancy, President of the National Union of
Public and General Employees (NUPGE). "The purpose of our forum is to
engage grassroots union members and members of the community to make
income inequality an issue our leaders ignore at their peril."
The public town hall forum, called The Rich and the Rest of Us, will be moderated by veteran broad Ron Charles and feature panelists
James Clancy NUPGE President and Deirdre Pike, senior social planner
with the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton. Members of
the Hamilton community will join members seven Ontario unions - the
Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO), NUPGE, the Ontario
Nurses' Association (ONA), the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters
Association (OPFFA), the Ontario Public Service Employees Union
(OPSEU/NUPGE), the Society of Energy Professionals (SEP), and the
Canadian Media Guild (CMG) in this important conversation about the
growing gap and how we can find solutions that are fair for everyone.
As part of the discussion, the Social Planning and Research Council will
release findings from a new report, Trends in Hamilton's income inequality and why they matter.
Doors open at 6 p.m., with a light supper served at 6:30 p.m. The town
hall forum begins at 7:30 p.m.
"The Rich and the Rest of Us" town hall forum is part of a national campaign called All Together Now! This campaign aims to turn around the damage done to public services
and labour rights and to implement tax fairness and a modern industrial
strategy which will create and maintain good jobs. What this short video for more information about income inequality in Canada and the All Together Now! campaign.
SOURCE: NATIONAL UNION OF PUBLIC AND GENERAL EMPLOYEES
For further information:
Deborah Duffy (613) 709-0382