OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas will hold a news conference as part of a province-wide tour.
Where: Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI): 600 Sanatorium Rd, London-Entrance gates at Laneway #3
When: 12 noon, Thursday, May 29, 2014
LONDON, ON, May 28, 2014 /CNW/ - PC leader Tim Hudak's plan to cut 100,000 public sector jobs in Ontario will hit the London area hard if Hudak gets a chance to go through with his plans.
"Given the large number of public sector employers in London, there is no question the city and region would suffer a tremendous loss under Hudak's job-killing plan," said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
If Hudak is elected, London will lose 4,261 public sector jobs, which will cause a spin-off effect that will cut 2,855 private sector jobs.
"You don't get the economy moving by throwing people out of work," said Thomas. "Tim Hudak is a job-killer.
"The people of London may want to join me in putting this question to Conservative candidates Nancy Branscombe, Jeff Bennett, and Chris Robson: 'Where will you cut those 7,000 jobs? How many from the hospital? Fanshawe College? Child and Youth Services? Community Living? Correctional Services? The school boards?'
"Hudak's job-killing plan will cut deep and have lasting effects. When the jobs go, so will the services," said Thomas.
OPSEU represents 14,056 workers in the London area.
SOURCE: Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)
For further information: Philip Shearer, OPSEU Executive Board Member 519.494.7301; Lyndsay Chapman, Communications 705.826.0015