Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

May 02, 2008 15:59 ET

Liberals continue the Mike Harris legacy of punishing the poor

“Joining a union to have a sustainable future just isn’t in the cards for thousands of workers” says OFL

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, IMMEDIATE RELEASE--(Marketwire - May 2, 2008) - "When the Liberals and Tories voted to continue the Mike Harris legislation that limits unionization they also sabotaged their own anti-poverty agenda," said OFL President Wayne Samuelson. "People in unions have a sustainable future and a chance to work for decent wages. If McGuinty was serious about reducing poverty he would not continue to make it harder for workers to join unions."

"On May 1st, a day of celebration for workers the world over, the McGuinty government chose to vote against a private members' bill that would have given employees an even hand during union organizing drives when employers traditionally use intimidation tactics to prevent their workforce from unionizing." NDP Leader Howard Hampton brought a Private Members' Bill to the Legislature on May 1st, 2008 to return the right of card certification to join a union to all Ontario workers in all sectors.

"So on the poverty front workers took a hit yesterday," Samuelson said. "It seems like the McGuinty government's idea of a poverty reduction strategy is to make it harder for workers to join unions and impossible for people living in poverty to take part in the 'poverty consultations' his government is conducting starting next week."

"The public consultations have become closed door events - by invitation only. People living in poverty don't get a say," Samuelson said. "If the Liberal government's goal is to 'define' poverty by the end of the year, I think talking to the poor would be a good place to start."

More information:

Dana Boettger
OFL Communications
416.443.7665 (direct)

Wayne Samuelson
Ontario Federation of Labour
416.571.7408 (cellular)


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Contact Information

  • Dana Boettger, OFL Communications, Ontario Federation of Labour
    Primary Phone: 416-441-2731 ext. 665
    Secondary Phone: 416-443-7665
    E-mail: dboettger@ofl.ca