TORONTO, Oct. 9 /CNW/ - The leaders of several unions and the Ontario
Federation of Labour (OFL) said Tuesday there should be only one realistic
choice for working people in Ontario on Wednesday, Oct. 10.
"The truth is that working families have not been well-served over the
last four years, and to imagine that they will derive any benefit from another
McGuinty mandate is just dead wrong," said United Steelworkers' (USW) National
Director Ken Neumann. "Ontario needs more New Democratic Party (NDP)
candidates elected so that Howard Hampton can do what he has so far done well
- bring working families' issues forward and work towards decent legislation,
like the $10 minimum wage."
OFL President Wayne Samuelson said only the NDP "understands the
deepening crisis in manufacturing.
"The worst thing for working families would be to give McGuinty the
opportunity to continue ignoring it. Only Howard Hampton has spoken out and
made saving manufacturing jobs a priority. McGuinty insists the economy is
"McGuinty has forged ahead with private hospitals, de-listed health care
services and refused to invest in childcare," said USW Ontario Director Wayne
Fraser. "The list goes on and on. Liberals refused to raise the minimum wage
to a decent level, and they refuse to set standards in long-term care.
"These are issues for all Ontarians, not just unions and their members.
Electing more New Democrats translates into doing the right thing for working
Cec Makowski, Ontario Region Vice-President of the Communications, Energy
and Paperworkers' union (CEP) said job losses in forestry in Northern Ontario
are a direct result of Liberal inaction and dithering.
"They are prepared to let an entire region of this province die an
agonizing economic death," said Makowski. "We heard that message directly from
citizens when we and the USW conducted public hearings in Northern communities
that are feeling the kind of loss and pain that Dalton McGuinty doesn't
understand. McGuinty's energy minister had the gall to say that Northerners
should use blankets, red wine and cuddle up instead of being given relief from
high hydro bills."
The labour leaders said they will knock on as many doors as possible to
get the vote out on October 10 to ensure a strong NDP result.
"This isn't about strategic voting or blind faith," said Ken Neumann.
"This is about creating the kind of province we want to have, one that is a
decent place for our children and grandchildren. That simply does not mean
supporting Liberals, Conservatives or Greens. It's about supporting the social
democratic party our members helped to build."
For further information:
For further information: Ken Neumann, (416) 487-1571 or (416) 558-2510;
Wayne Fraser, (416) 243-8792 or (416) 577-4045; Wayne Samuelson, (416)
571-7408; Cec Makowski, (905) 371-6297