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
"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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Wayne Fraser, USW District 6 Director (Ontario and Atlantic Canada), 416-577-4045