Rally at border town marks "trail of giveaways and bad deals for
Canadian forest workers..."
ST. LEONARD, NB, Sept. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Forestry workers from all over
New Brunswick will gather at the border crossing in St. Leonard on Monday,
September 8 at 10 a.m., to demand that the federal government take action on
the crisis that is killing their industry and turning dozens of communities
into ghost towns.
Members of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada
(CEP) from about 20 worksites will be bused to St. Leonard from Grand Falls,
following a meeting with union leaders.
CEP President Dave Coles and Secretary-Treasurer Gaétan Ménard will
address the demonstrators. The rally location was chosen because the decline
of Canada's forest industry can be traced back to poorly-negotiated deals with
the U.S., including the free trade and softwood lumber agreements, says Coles.
"There's a trail of giveaways."
The event is part of the CEP's "Jobs Worth Fighting For" campaign, which
involves similar events across the country to raise awareness about the plight
of the forest industry and to call for action from governments. For more
information visit www.cep.ca.
For further information:
For further information: Ervan Cronk, CEP Atlantic Regional
Vice-President, (506) 857-8647, cell: (506) 434-3488; Guy Caron, CEP National
Representative, (613) 323-5200