VANCOUVER, Feb. 14, 2014 /CNW/ - Canada's largest union in the private
sector will be meeting in New Westminster on Monday as part its
preparations for a nationwide campaign to defend the rights of
Canadians in the workplace. Media are welcome at the meeting to get a
sneak peak at Unifor's Rights at Work campaign and to talk to the
union's top leadership and research staff about these issues.
"Unifor is standing up for the rights of Canadians to provide for their
families in safe and stable workplaces," said Unifor National President
Jerry Dias, who will be speaking at the meeting.
What: Unifor Rights at Work Campaign, Metro Vancouver Tour Stop
When: Monday, February 17 at 9:00am (Light breakfast served at 8:00am)
Where: Unifor BC headquarters, 326 12th Avenue, New Westminster, BC
Who: Jerry Dias - Unifor National President; Scott Doherty - Unifor
Western Director; Zachary Crispin - Canadian Federation of Students;
and other guests.
Local and national Unifor leaders attending the meeting will be
discussing threats posed to basic labour rights, and what they can do
"The current attack by governments across Canada on our basic labour
rights will fundamentally damage our quality of life—and that's why we
are determined to stop it," said Dias. "Without unions and collective
bargaining, it will be impossible for most Canadians to attain a
decent, secure life."
Hundreds of workers in BC are impacted by the Harper government's
anti-union legislation. In federally-regulated sectors such as oil and
gas and airlines, Harper has already made it harder for workers to
refuse dangerous work and stripped many workers of the right to strike.
The government is currently debating Bill C-525, which would make it
easier to de-certify unions in federally-regulated sectors.
In Alberta, Conservatives have made it illegal for some workers to
simply talk about striking. Efforts by Ontario conservatives to
eliminate the Rand Formula will put pressure on other jurisdictions to
do the same.
Unifor was founded Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto
Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged.
With more than 300,000 members, Unifor is Canada's largest union in the
For further information:
For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at 778-903-6549 (cell) or Ian.Boyko@unifor.org