International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

October 28, 2009 06:00 ET

“Keep your promises,” say laid-off workers

Ontario’s Second Career training program in doubt, while federal EI training programs don’t meet expectations

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ON - MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - Oct. 28, 2009) - Public and private sector unions including the IAMAW as well as laid off workers are calling on the provincial and federal governments to keep their word and to ensure that those who were promised training get it.

"Too many workers in general are employed in low-skill, low-wage jobs," says IAMAW Education Representative Gord Falconer. "We have a government who promised to assist these workers when they lost their jobs by raising their skill levels but now they're changing their plans!"

DATE: Wednesday, October 28, 2009
TIME: 1:00 pm
LOCATION: Toronto Steelworkers Action Centre
4th floor, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto, Ontario
one-block south and one block east of College and Spadina

Unemployed workers will be on hand to explain the real impact of government decisions to restrict access to the Ontario government's Second Career program.

In addition, the following labour leaders will be present:

Gord Falconer, International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers
Terry Downey, Executive Vice President, Ontario Federation of Labour
Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President, Ontario Public Service Employees Union
Ken Lewenza, President, Canadian Auto Workers
Dave Parker, United Steelworkers, Job Action Centre

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/For further information: Bill Trbovich – IAMAW Director of Communications
416-386-1789 ext#6331/416-735-9765

/ IN: AUTOMOTIVE, ECONOMY, FINANCE, LABOUR, POLITICS

Contact Information

  • Bill Trbovich, Director of Communications, IAMAW
    Primary Phone: 416-386-1789 ext. 6331
    Secondary Phone: 416-735-9765
    E-mail: btrbovich@iamaw.org