TORONTO, Feb. 14, 2014 /CNW/ - The victory by Wayne Gates to become the
new NDP MPP for Niagara Falls was a reflection of his hard work over
the years to build a strong community with stable jobs, those who know
him best say.
"Wayne is a hard worker. He's always been respected as a community
leader," Larry Greenhalgh, secretary-treasurer of Unifor Local 199,
As a member of city council, through his efforts with the United Way, as
president of Local 199 and more, Gates has worked for decades to make
Niagara a better place to live and raise children for all, Greenhalgh
said. That means good, stable jobs, good schools and hospitals and
bringing all the stakeholders in the community together to achieve
"That's what Wayne is known for in this community, he's dedicated his
life to it," he said. "And on election night, that's what the voters
The results are also a clear rejection of Progressive Conservative
Leader Tim Hudak's campaign to turn the clock back on labour
legislation in the province. Voters, instead, chose a positive message
of working as a community towards common goals.
Unions are a key part of building better communities, Greenhalgh said,
because they stand up for the working class and the programs and
policies that make life better for all. The voters of Niagara know
that, as will voters across Ontario when the next province-wide
Unifor Local 199 represents about 2,500 workers in the Niagara area,
many in the auto industry. Unifor was founded on Labour Day weekend
2013 when the Canadian Autoworkers and the Communications, Energy and
Paperworkers unions merged.
For further information:
Larry Greenhalgh, secretary-treasurer of Unifor Local 199, at (w) 905-682-2611 ext 227 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Stuart Laidlaw, Unifor Communications staff representative at (c) 647-385-4054 or Stuart.Laidlaw@Unifor.org.