Canada's National Unemployment Clock Campaign Set to Raise Alarm at TELUS AGM in Ottawa

    VANCOUVER, May 7 /CNW/ - The first stop for the National Unemployment
Clock is the TELUS Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the National Gallery of
Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa on Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 10:30 a.m.,
announced John Carpenter, Vice President of the Telecommunications Workers
Union (TWU) today. The campaign, which is sponsored by the TWU, was developed
to raise awareness across Canada about the dangers of allowing large
international corporations - such as TELUS - to continue to offshore Canadian
jobs. This practice is a strong contributor to the unemployment crisis this
country is facing.
    The National Unemployment Clock, which offers a real-time count of job
loss in Canada, is mounted on a truck and will make its first official
appearance at the TELUS AGM and then wind its way from Ottawa to Vancouver.
The National Unemployment Clock will stop in cities and towns along the way
where street teams will hand out information brochures, buttons and bumper
stickers, and ask citizens to sign a petition which will be forwarded to Prime
Minister Stephen Harper and Minister of Labour Rona Ambrose.
    "We are very concerned about large corporations, such as TELUS, who
continue to eliminate jobs in Canada and move them to the Philippines and
other overseas locations," said John Carpenter, TWU National Vice President.
"The offshoring of jobs is a concern for many Canadians. Unemployment is at a
seven-year high and yet big, profitable corporations are still taking jobs
away from Canadians. Enough is enough. The message on the National
Unemployment Clock truck says it all: If You're Proud To Be Canadian,
Shouldn't You Be Proud To Hire Canadian?"
    "This clock shows the devastating impact of outsourcing job loss in
Canada. The size and scope of the tragedy of this job loss must be understood
by the Harper government," said NDP International Trade Critic, Peter Julian.
"These are good jobs being outsourced. The government must hold corporations
responsible and provide strong incentives to keep jobs in Canada."
    The campaign's website,, features an online
petition, ways to get involved, contact information for local Members of
Parliament, statistics and facts on unemployment in Canada, the ongoing issue
of allowing large corporations to offshore jobs, the campaign travel schedule,
as well as an interactive "Track the Truck" map following the road show -
using GPS technology.

    About the TWU

    The TWU has a long and proud history of representing communications
workers and workers in related fields. We strive to negotiate collective
agreements that promote fair wages as well as just and equitable treatment for
all. At the TWU, we believe that member participation and input is essential
to the successful operation of the organization.
    The TWU has more than 65 years of experience in dealing with employers
and providing services to its members, protecting and improving their wages,
benefits and working conditions. We invite member participation at every level
of our organization through a democratic process that encourages two-way
communication between members and elected officers. The TWU has built a
reputation for guarding the principles which maintain the integrity of the
labour movement and which encourage commitment and activism. Please visit our
website at

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For further information: or to set up interviews with TWU Vice President
John Carpenter or TWU Representative Diane Pepin, please contact Ruth Atherley
of AHA Creative Strategies Inc. at (604) 303-1052, (604) 787-7379 (cell) or at Please note: Ruth works on Eastern Standard Time and is
available if/when you need to speak with her.

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