Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

January 28, 2016 10:00 ET

ADVISORY: OFL Officers to Join Thousands for Hamilton Day of Action to Defend Steel Jobs, Pensions and Manufacturing

HAMILTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Jan. 28, 2016) - The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) will be joining thousands of workers and community members at a Hamilton rally on Saturday to support good jobs, pensions and Canadian manufacturing. The rally coincides with an aggressive legal action launched by U.S. Steel that seeks to give the foreign multinational corporation priority over the 20,000 retirees from the company's bankrupt plants in Hamilton and Nanticoke. It also comes at a time when over 100 Hamilton steelworkers have been locked out for almost three years as Max Aicher North America (MANA) continues to use replacement workers to try to grind the union down.

"Prime Minister Stephen Harper swung the door wide open for foreign-owned mega-corporations, like U.S. Steel, to buy up Canadian industry, siphon our precious natural resources and strip-mine our livelihoods," said OFL President Chris Buckley. "We are calling on the Trudeau Government to set a new tone for companies and would-be investors by making good jobs, workers' rights and Canadian interests the law of the land."

WHAT: Hamilton Rally to Stand Up For Steel

WHEN: Saturday, January 30, 2016, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Hamilton City Hall, 71 Main St W, Hamilton, Ontario

"The battle being waged by workers in Hamilton and Nanticoke to save Canadian jobs and manufacturing is being played out in communities across the country. So, in a very real way, when we mobilize with workers in Hamilton and Nanticoke, we are standing up for workers in every town and city," said Buckley. "Ontarians want a fair economy that allows everyone to thrive and prosper."

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) represents 54 unions and one million workers in Ontario. For information, visit www.OFL.ca and follow @OFLabour on Facebook and Twitter.

Contact Information

  • Joel Duff
    OFL Communications Director
    416-707-0349 (cell)
    jduff@ofl.ca
    ENG/FRENCH