Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

October 27, 2011 05:00 ET

Media Advisory: OFL President Sid Ryan to Join CUPW, USW and Occupy Toronto Movement to Call for Good Jobs, Equity and Justice for All

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 27, 2011) - While hundreds of thousands of activists take to the streets around the world to call for an end to austerity measures, workers in Canada continue to face corporate greed and government collusion that threaten good jobs and retirement security. The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Sid Ryan will rally with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), the United Steelworkers (USW) and the Occupy Toronto movement to take this message to Bay Street.

"Since forming a majority, the Harper government moved to aggressively strip postal workers, auto workers and flight attendants of the right to strike. Harper is bending to the whim of Corporate Canada by throwing away the rights of workers," said OFL president Sid Ryan. "CUPW has launched a constitutional challenge of Harper's back-to-work legislation.

WHAT: Rally for Good Jobs, Equality and Justice in Toronto's Financial District

DATE: Thursday, October 27, 2011

START: 1:00 p.m. at the Westin Convention Centre (Queen's Quay, North Side)

RALLY: 1:30 p.m. at the corner of King and Bay Streets.

WHO: OFL President Sid Ryan to join rally organized by CUPW, USW and Occupy Toronto

"Toronto area unions will be rallying with CUPW Convention delegates, USW and Occupy Toronto to identify some of the Bay Street corporations and financial institutions that are the biggest threat to good jobs for today's workers and the next generation," said Ryan. "The labour movement stands behind the United Steelworkers in singling out the Bank of Montreal for financially backing the Toronto-based company, Infinity Rubber, whose workers have been forced out on strike for nearly two years. The Government of Canada bailed out the profit-rich banks who are bailing out greedy corporations. Where's our bail-out?"

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) represents 54 unions and one million workers in Ontario. OFL President Sid Ryan is the voice of Ontario's labour movement.

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