USW Leaders Condemn Ford's Decision to Evict Occupy Toronto

TORONTO, Nov. 15, 2011 /CNW/ - The United Steelworkers (USW) is condemning the decision by Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto to evict the Occupy Toronto protestors from St. James Park.  

"Millionaire Ford simply wants to rid the city of the Occupy movement's message that our societies are marked by gross inequality and injustice and are increasingly controlled by finance capital," said Ken Neumann, USW National Director.

"Occupy Toronto has sent an unmistakable and profound message to Bay Street that people must come before profits and the union movement must defend their right to protest," said Wayne Fraser, USW District 6 Director.  

"USW members are mobilizing to defend the occupiers against Mayor Ford and the big banks and corporations which are behind the effort to stifle this dynamic social movement," said Carolyn Egan, President of the Steelworkers Toronto Area Council.  

The USW has been targeting the Bank of Montreal (BMO) for financing the union busting by Infinity Rubber in Toronto's Etobicoke neighbourhood. USW members at Infinity Rubber were forced on strike almost two years ago after management led by CEO James Chung demanded draconian cuts in wages and benefits. The strike is one of the longest in Toronto history.  

USW members are being asked along with union members throughout Toronto to assemble tonight at St. James Park, the site of the Occupy Toronto movement, in an attempt to stop the eviction.

SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)

For further information:

Joe Drexler, USW Education and Strategic Campaigns 416-544-6009, 416-434-7907 jdrexler@usw.ca

Wayne Fraser, USW District 6 Director (Ontario and Atlantic Canada), 416-577-4045


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