March 06, 2014 06:00 ET
TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 6, 2014) - A province-wide campaign launched last week against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak will be rolling into Toronto with an urgent all-union meeting on Thursday, March 6. Calling Hudak's claim that he has shelved his anti-worker scheme a dishonest tactical maneuver, Ontario's labour movement is forging ahead with plans to travel the province and expose Hudak's hidden agenda.
"Mr. Hudak's entire platform is centred on dismantling the labour movement to clear the way for a low-wage economy," said OFL President Sid Ryan. "He isn't fooling anyone. No matter how he tries to massage his message, Tim Hudak is still committed to the same extremist policies that would divide our workplaces, weaken workers' voices and drive down wages for everyone."
The Ontario Federation of Labour and regional labour councils across the province are currently planning upwards of 20 regional meetings to train workers to educate their colleagues, families and neighbours about Hudak's hidden agenda. After last week's campaign launch with more than 300 workers in Durham, the Toronto meeting is expected to draw an even greater number.
While the meeting itself is closed to reporters, photo opportunities will be provided and a media conference will be held immediately preceding the meeting to address questions about the campaign. Interviews will also be available with participants at the meeting.
"Tim Hudak is driving a low-wage agenda, at a time when there are already too many people working for poverty wages in Toronto," said John Cartwright, President of the Toronto & York Region Labour Council. "We are going to bring this message to every union member who has voted for the Conservatives in the past to say 'not this time, Mr. Hudak.' We will be telling our co-workers, friends and neighbours exactly what a Hudak government has in store."
The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) represents 54 unions and one million workers in Ontario. For information, visit www.OFL.ca and follow the OFL on Facebook and Twitter: @OFLabour.
Sid RyanOFL President416-209-0066@SidRyan_OFLJohn CartwrightPresident of the Toronto & York Region Labour Council416-999-5663Joel DuffOFL Communications Director416firstname.lastname@example.orgFRENCH/ENGLISH
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