Labour Day Picnic
September 3, 2012 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Third Annual Barrie Labour Day Picnic featuring music, food and fun for kids will take place on September 3rd, and the entire community of Barrie is invited. The free event will be held at Sunnidale from 11 am to 3 pm.
“This year’s Labour Day celebration is going to be better than ever before,” says Joanie Cameron Pritchett, event organizer and president of the Confederation of Canadian Unions (CCU). “Labour Day celebrates the achievements of working people throughout the country, and what better way to spend a sunny, summer afternoon with friends and family right here in Barrie. The theme of our event is ‘Weaving Solidarity: Labour Day is a Day for All Workers’. Given the struggles that working people everywhere are faced with, it is critical that we come together and support one another.”
Organized by the Confederation of Canadian Unions, the newly-formed Simcoe County Labour Council and Ontario Nurses Association, there will be a BBQ, courtesy of Gary Miller from Minet’s Point, M&M Meats and drinks as well as fun things for the kids like a jumpy castle and face painting.
(TORONTO) — Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak’s White Paper on “Flexible Labour Markets” seeks to strip Ontario workers of wages, benefits and pensions, according to the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL).
“Hudak’s proposed reforms to Ontario labour laws are nothing but sour grapes. He blames labour unions and not his own bad policy for his crushing electoral defeat last year,” said OFL President Sid Ryan. “Hudak is upset that his legal challenge against the Working Families Coalition was rejected by three separate courts, so now he is trying to attack the workers themselves,” said OFL President Sid Ryan.
Today, Hudak released a 20-page White Paper calling for more “flexible labour markets.” In it, he touts Alabama style “right-to-work” legislation that strips workers of the democratic ability to bargain collectively with their employer and allows employers to drive down wages and working conditions. However, even the World Bank confirms that by every meaningful economic indicator, those countries with higher rates of unionization have lower unemployment and inflation, higher productivity and speedier adjustments to economic shocks. By raising the bar on wages, benefits and working conditions, labour unions establish new and fairer standards for all workers. This, in turn, results in families – across the board – with more money to spend on services and small businesses that help the economy thrive.
“When Hudak calls for a ‘flexible workforce’ what he really means is a low wage and precarious one. He reveals his agenda when he blames the higher wages paid to skilled Canadian workers who manufactured diesel trains for Caterpillar’s decision to close the plant and move production to low-wage states,” said Ryan. “Rather than getting tough on foreign corporations who exploit Canadian workers and resources, Hudak’s strategy is to side with the CEOs to slash wages and dismantle the social safety net.”
“Ontarians rejected Hudak’s platform during the last provincial election and they aren’t about to buy into his politics of division now,” said Ryan. “Ontarians want their children to have rights at work. They want them to have decent jobs, with benefits and sick leave. They want them to retire with dignity and security. All of those things are only possible when workers are free to work together to promote good jobs for everyone. Voters aren’t interested in Hudak’s race to the bottom.”
The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) represents 54 unions and one million workers in Ontario. Click here to read the OFL submission on Labour Law Reform.
For further information:
Sid Ryan, OFL President: 416-209-0066 (cell)
Joel Duff, OFL Communications Director: 416-707-0349 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org *ENG/FRENCH*