WINDSOR, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 27, 2012) - Outraged at the McGuinty governments' deep cuts to social programs and the recent attack on the democratic rights of education workers, community members from across Windsor will be gathering this evening for a public town hall meeting. The forum will provide an opportunity for local residents to discuss the impact of job loss and public service cuts in their communities and develop plans to bring pressure to bear on local members of parliament.
The meeting will address local concern over the rising unemployment rates and alarming poverty levels in the Windsor-Essex region. This year, the Windsor unemployment rate leapt another 0.6 percent, topping out at 9.6 percent, which is considerably higher than the national average of 7.4 percent. With so many desperate for work, it is no wonder that almost 10 percent of Windsor-Essex County residents are currently living in low income situations and 1 in 6 Windsor children and youth live in poverty. However, the impact of cuts is being felt across most income levels. A recent report from the Ontario Common Front revealed that fully 40 percent of Ontario families have seen their incomes stagnate or fall over the last decade, as Ontario's social program funding lags behind every other province by nearly every measure.
"In communities across the province, families are falling further behind because of McGuinty's cuts to vital services and social programs, while corporate tax cuts continue to starve Ontario's economy of $15 billion annually," said Sid Ryan, President of the Ontario Federation of Labour. "Struggling families here in Windsor are right to demand fairness and equity from the McGuinty government. Investing in jobs, protecting services and safeguarding workers' democratic rights is the only way to prevent a double-dip recession and address rising inequality."
||Windsor Community Town Hall Meeting on Economic & Democratic Rights
||Tue, November 27 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm
||Caboto Club, 2175 Parent Ave
"Labour and community groups have come together to launch an Ontario Common Front against cuts to jobs and services. Now it is time to build these partnerships in every community - from Windsor to Cornwall to Timmins," said Ryan. "It is time for the people to start setting the agenda."
The Windsor town hall is the second of a series of regional meetings taking place across Ontario in the lead-up to the Ontario Liberal Leadership Convention and what many view as an inevitable spring election. Community and labour groups have banded together to call on the government to recall the legislature, reverse Bill 115 and invest in the jobs and services.
For more information, visit: www.ofl.ca/index.php/campaigns/democraticrights.
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.