MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Legal Aid Lawyers Demand Union Rights Outside Posh Liberal Fundraiser

TORONTO, Aug. 3, 2016 /CNW/ - Legal Aid Ontario lawyers, who have been denied their right to unionize for years by Premier Kathleen Wynne's Liberal government, and their allies will picket the premier's posh fundraiser in downtown Toronto today.

Legal Aid staff lawyers help Ontario's most vulnerable people, including low-income people, refugees and young people. These 300 lawyers are two-thirds women and one of the most racially diverse groups of lawyers in the public service. But unlike other groups of public sector lawyers, which don't have the same gender or racial diversity and are already unionized, the provincial government is blocking Legal Aid lawyers' right to join a union. Wednesday's rally and picket will call for Premier Kathleen Wynne to bring an immediate end to this discrimination.

The Legal Aid lawyers' union of choice, The Society of Energy Professionals, is organizing the event.

Date: Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Time: Picket begins at 5:30PM, speeches at 6:30PM

Location: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W., at John St.

Video/photo/audio opportunities: Legal Aid lawyers and their allies picketing and rallying outside Liberal fundraiser, including speeches at 6:30PM. Event suitable for television live hit from 5:45-6:45PM.

SOURCE The Society of Energy Professionals

For further information: Adam Chaleff-Freudenthaler, (647) 500-2394,


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