Trial of Danny Glover and Ontario Labour Leaders Comes to a Close with Verdict on Thursday, January 24th.



    NIAGARA FALLS, ON, Jan. 23 /CNW/ - A verdict is expected on Thursday,
January 24th, in the trespassing trial of well-known actor and activist Danny
Glover and Ontario labour leaders, UNITE HERE Canadian Co-Director Alex Dagg
and Ontario Federation of Labour President Wayne Samuelson. The verdict will
be the end of a long and rare private prosecution, initiated by Canadian
Niagara Hotels (CNH) after a September 2006 union rally at the Sheraton on the
Falls in Niagara Falls.
    Dagg and Samuelson will appear with criminal lawyer Frank Addario and
co-defendant Catalina Gonzalez, a UNITE HERE organizer, after the verdict at a
Niagara Falls courthouse on Thursday, January 24th. The verdict will bring to
a close two days of testimony last October, where Glover and Dagg both
testified, that concerned Charter arguments and the impact on the Ontario
labour movement of companies using private prosecutions to limit workers and
their leaders' free speech, expression, association and assembly rights.

    
    Who:       Alex Dagg, Canadian Co-Director, UNITE HERE
               Wayne Samuelson, President, Ontario Federation of Labour
               Frank Addario, Sack Goldblatt Mitchell

     Where:    Provincial Offences Court
               4635 Queen Street West, Niagara Falls, Ontario

     When:     Thursday, January 24th, 2008
               The verdict is scheduled to be given at 10:30.
               Participants will be able to speak to the media after court is
               dismissed.
    

    Background

    Dreamgirls and Lethal Weapon star Danny Glover has been working with
UNITE HERE to raise awareness of the issues facing Niagara area hotel workers
who are fighting to improve working conditions. Canadian Niagara Hotels (CNH)
owns the Sheraton on the Falls, the Brock Plaza Hotel and the Skyline Inn in
Niagara Falls, Ontario. Workers at the Brock Plaza have been unionized since
1942. The hotels were purchased in 1993 by Dino DiCienzo and his company
Canadian Niagara Hotels. Since then union/management relationships have been
difficult and UNITE HERE has been fighting to uphold basic parts of the
collective agreement.

    UNITE HERE represents 50,000 hotel, food service, garment and
manufacturing workers across Canada and 450,000 across North America.




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