TORONTO, Jan. 10, 2014 /CNW/ - Canada's largest union in the private sector is holding meetings across the country over the coming weeks to prepare for a nationwide campaign to defend the rights of Canadians in the workplace.
"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 all of the meetings. "Unionized or not, we believe that's what all Canadian workers want."
The meetings - which begin in Windsor, Ontario, this coming Monday and finish in St. John's, Newfoundland, on February 27 - are being held to discuss with local Unifor leaders threats posed to basic labour rights, and what they can do about it.
"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."
A complete list of the meeting times and locations is attached. There will be top national leaders at each of the meetings, as well as local and regional leaders, researchers and experts.
Media are welcome at all the meetings 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.
The Harper government's Bill C525 would make it easier to decertify unions in the federal sector, on the basis of biased voting rules. In Ontario, Conservative Leader Tim Hudak wants to eliminate the Rand Formula, while Alberta's Conservatives have made it illegal for some unions to even talk about striking.
The meetings will review such challenges, and how Unifor's Rights at Work campaign will counter the attack.
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, Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector.
|Unifor Rights at Work tour dates|
|DATE||TIME & CITY||LOCATION|
|Monday Jan. 13||1 pm: Windsor|| Local 444/200
1855 TURNER ROAD
WINDSOR ON N8W 3K2
|Tuesday Jan. 14||1 pm: London|| Local 27
606 FIRST STREET
LONDON ON N5V 2A2
|Tuesday Jan. 14||7 pm: Kitchener|| Local 1524
600 WABANAKI DRIVE
KITCHENER ON N2C 2K4
|Wednesday Jan. 15||8:30 am: GTA East (Oshawa)|| Local 222
1425 PHILLIP MURRAY AVENUE
OSHAWA ON L1J 8L4
|Wednesday Jan. 15||1 pm: GTA West (Brampton)|| Local 1285
23 REGAN ROAD
BRAMPTON ON L7A 1B2
|Friday Jan. 24||9 am: St. Catharines|| Local 199
124 BUNTING ROAD
ST. CATHARINES ON L2P 3G5
|Monday Jan. 27||9 am: Winnipeg|| Union Centre
WINNIPEG MB R3C 4M6
|Wednesday Jan. 29||9 am: Thunder Bay|| Hoito Restaurant
314 BAY STREET
THUNDER BAY ON P7B 1S1
|Wednesday, Jan. 29||1:00pm: Sudbury|| Local 598
2550 RICHARD LAKE DRIVE
SUDBURY ON P3G 0A3
| Quebec City
(in conjunction with Quebec Council)
| Hôtel Hilton à Québec
1100, BOULEVARD RENÉ-LÉVESQUE EST
QUÉBEC QC G1R 4P3
|Thursday Feb. 13||Noon: Ottawa|| OTTAWA AREA OFFICE
5 GURDWARA DRIVE
OTTAWA ON K2E 7X6
|Monday Feb. 17||9 am: Vancouver|| New West Office
326 - 12TH STREET
NEW WESTMINSTER BC V3M 4H6
|Monday Feb. 17||6 pm: Prince George||TBA|
|Tuesday Feb. 18||1 pm: Edmonton||TBA|
|Wednesday Feb. 19||9 am: Fort McMurray|| Local 707A
10020 FRANKLIN AVENUE
FORT MCMURRAY AB T9H 2K6
|Thursday Feb. 20||9 am: Saskatoon||TBA|
|Thursday Feb. 20||6 pm: Regina|| Local 1S
3525 PASQUA STREET
REGINA SK S4S 7G9
|Tuesday Feb. 25||1 pm: Moncton|| Moncton Lyon's Club
55 MARK AVENUE
MONCTON NB E1C 7G8
|Wednesday Feb. 26||1 pm: Halifax||TBA|
|Thursday Feb. 27||9 am: St. John's|| St. Teresa's Parish Hall
120 MUNDY POND ROAD
ST. JOHN'S NL A1E 1V
For further information:
For more information, please contact Unifor Communications director Shannon Devine at 416-302-1699 (cell) or [email protected] or, Unifor Communications national representative Stuart Laidlaw at 647-385-4054 (cell) or [email protected]. or Unifor Communications national representative at 416-333-8097 (cell) or [email protected].