Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

May 03, 2007 08:00 ET

Media Advisory: Labour-sponsored Community Forum to Discuss Preserving Good Jobs

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(CCNMatthews - May 3, 2007) - Attention: Saskatoon Reporters & Editors

The Canadian Labour Congress and the Saskatoon and District Labour Council will hold a community forum on Saturday, May 5 to discuss what can be done to preserve good jobs in Saskatchewan and Canada.

Canada's manufacturing, processing and forestry industries are losing jobs faster than they can be replaced. The announced closure of a Mitchell's Foods plant in Saskatoon and the shutdown of Weyerhauser's pulp mill in Prince Albert in 2006 are two examples.

The Saskatoon Forum, When Communities Talk, will have union leaders, as well as civic, provincial and federal politicians discuss strategies aimed at preserving good jobs and wages.

The Saskatoon event is one of a series being held throughout the month of May. The forums will hear from those affected by job loss, then have people from those communities take their message to the federal government in Ottawa on May 29-30th at a national forum being organized by the CLC.

Event: When Communities Talk

Time & Date: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturday, May 5, 2007

Location: Lakewood Civic Centre Auditorium, 1635 McKercher

Spokesperson: Barbara Byers, CLC Executive Vice-President

Media Availability: Ms. Byers will introduce the forum at 9:30 a.m.
and participate in the panel to follow. She will
be available for media interviews at 10:45 a.m.

The Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the labour
movement, represents 3.2 million Canadian workers. The CLC brings
together Canada's national and international unions along with the
provincial and territorial federations of labour and 136 district
labour councils. Web site:

You can find the agenda for the Saskatoon forum below.

Community Forum
When Communities Talk:
Manufacturing, Environment, Jobs Impacts on our Communities
May 5, 2007
Lakewood Civic Centre Auditorium
1635 McKercher Drive

- Barbara Byers, executive vice-president, Canadian Labour Congress

9:40 a.m. FIRST PANEL THEME: From Municipal to Federal, the Role of
Elected Government in Manufacturing, Sustainable
Development & Forestry Practices.

Moderator: Larry Hubich, President of the Saskatchewan Federation of
- Libby Davies, Member of Parliament, Vancouver East
- Eric Cline, Minister of Industry and Resources, Province of
- Charlie Clark, Councillor, City of Saskatoon
- Barbara Byers, Executive Vice-President, Canadian Labour Congress

Question & Answer

10:45 a.m.- Break
11:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.- SECOND PANEL THEME: Workers, Industry and Environment
12:30 p.m. Towards Sustainable Jobs & Stronger Communities -
Perspectives and solutions on government policy, trade,
subsidies, tax measures, reinvestment in worker
training, and adjustment programs.

Moderator: Saskatoon and District Labour Council
- David Forbes, Minister of Labour, Province of Saskatchewan
- Maurice Werezak, United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 248-P
- Ron Rucks, President, Communications, Energy and Paperworkers
Union, Local 1120
- Paul Hallon, President, United Steelworkers, Local 1-184
- Larry Kowalchuk, Legal Counsel, Retail, Wholesale and Department
Store Union

Question & Answer

12:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

Contact Information

    Darla Leard
    Jeff Atkinson
    613-526-7425 or 613-863-1413