TORONTO, Jan. 28, 2014 /CNW/ - LiUNA Local 183 today released "The
Reality of 'Right to Work': Putting Middle Class Out of Reach", a paper
by economist John O'Grady that refutes absolutely the "Right to Work"
plan put forward for Ontario by Tim Hudak's Progressive Conservatives.
The report done for Local 183 looks at both the Tories' proposal and the
Fraser Institute's supporting paper from earlier this year and
dismantles them piece-by-piece. "So-called 'Right to Work' is an attack
on unions and the essential role they play in helping working families
enjoy middle class life," said Jack Oliveira, Business Manager for
"Right to Work" reduces wages across the board, not just for unionized
workers. Workplace injuries rise, pension plans wound up and benefits
lost under these American-based initiatives.
The construction industry has been an economic success story for Ontario
for over 25 years. It is creating jobs faster than the economy as a
whole, has an excellent safety record, provides much-needed skills to
thousands of people and provides excellent benefits to its members.
"Right to Work" would put all of this at risk.
"Tim Hudak has to explain why he wants to cut our pay and slash our
benefits. He needs to explain why construction workers don't belong in
the middle class. What has he got against us?" asked Carlos Morais, a
member of Local 183. Morais received two and a half years of free
training from the union and is now an Interprovincial Red Seal Brick
and Stone Mason.
LIUNA Local 183 is North America's largest construction union, with over
40,000 members in the Greater Toronto Area, Barrie and Cobourg. Members
work in construction including sewer and water main, residential, road
construction, bridge building, pipeline, utilities and railroads.
SOURCE: Universal Workers Union, Local 183
For further information:
General Counsel, LIUNA Local 183
(416) 241-1183 x6558
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