TORONTO, Jan. 24, 2014 /CNW/ - Canada's largest union in the private
sector will be meeting in Winnipeg on Monday as part its preparations
for a nationwide campaign to defend the rights of Canadians in the
"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 attending the Winnipeg meeting. "Unionized or
not, we believe that's what all Canadian workers want."
Local and national Unifor leaders attending the meeting - at 9am on
Monday, January 27, at the Union Centre at 206-275 Broadway - will be
discussing threats posed to basic labour rights, and what they can do
about it. Coffee and a light breakfast will be served, starting at 8am.
"Without unions and collective bargaining, it will be impossible for
most Canadians to attain a decent, secure life," Dias said. "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."
Dias will also meet with Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger on Monday
afternoon to discuss threats to labour rights and the middle class.
The Harper government's Bill C525 would make it easier to decertify
unions on the basis of biased voting rules. In Alberta, Conservatives
have made it illegal for some unions to simply talk about striking.
Even Manitoba, with an NDP government, can't count itself safe. Efforts
by Ontario conservatives to eliminate the Rand Formula will put
pressure on other jurisdictions to do the same. That would be a huge
step back for Manitoba, which in 1972 became the first province to
implement the Rand Formula, making union dues a payroll deduction for
everyone in a bargaining unit.
Media are welcome at Monday's meeting to get a sneak peak at Unifor's
spring Rights at Work campaign and to talk to the union's top
leadership and research staff about these issues.
For a complete list the tour stops go to www.unifor.org/sites/default/files/attachments/19-city_tour_2014.pdf
There will be two guest speakers at Monday morning's meeting: Bonnie
Hidlebaugh, Communications Manager at the Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus
Association of Canada, and Leslie Spillet, Founder of Ka Ni Kanichihk,
non-profit community based group providing support to families whose
relatives have been found murdered or are missing.
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, including 13,000 in Manitoba, Unifor is
Canada's largest union in the private sector.
For further information:
For more information or to set up and interview, please contact Unifor Communications national representatives Stuart Laidlaw at 647-385-4054 (cell) or Stuart.Laidlaw@unifor.org or Ian Boyko at 778-903-6549 (cell) or Ian.Boyko@Unifor.org