Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

June 05, 2009 15:50 ET

Media Advisory: Oshawa Launch of Ontario Federation of Labour's Drive to Work Caravan (DRV2WRK) Caravan June 8-25

Rally / Pancake Breakfast Lakeview Park, Jubilee Pavilion (Lakeview Avenue and Birchcliffe) Monday, June 8, 2009 - 8:00 a.m. Job Loss Tour - 10:30 a.m.

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 5, 2009) - The Ontario Federation of Labour's DRIVE TO WORK (DRV2WRK) is a province-wide tour to find out how the recession is really affecting people and communities. The Caravan will be launched from two points, Oshawa and Kenora on June 8th and finishes 17 days later in Toronto. The Caravan will travel to over 50 cities, with over 100 events planned.

After the launch the DRIVE TO WORK CARAVAN will do a job loss tour of AG Simpsons, PPG, GM Truck Plant, Woodbridge Foam, Syncron, Lear Seating and Johnston Controls.

"We want people and communities to know that the OFL is listening," says Irene Harris, OFL secretary-treasurer who will be on the DRIVE TO WORK CARAVAN travelling the province gathering the stories, letters and ideas along the way. "From community to community we will listen to what people living through these critical economic times have to say. We will gather your messages and bring them to the Premier."

"It's time to put a face to the statistics. And we want the people of Oshawa to know that no one and no community is alone in this struggle."

"People and communities are feeling isolated. What's happened here with GM and Chrysler is a travesty. Just as the thousands of jobs that have been lost here have had a devastating effecting so too are the 20 or 30 jobs lost in smaller communities when the last mill closes its doors," Harris says. "We're going to travel the province and we are going to listen."

Follow the progress of the DRIVE TO WORK CARAVAN on the DRV2WRK website: http://www.drivetowork.ca (RSS feeds, twitter posts, Blog, Facebook community and YouTube)

Contact Information

  • Ontario Federation of Labour
    Irene Harris
    Secretary-Treasurer
    416.347.0454 (mobile)
    or
    Ontario Federation of Labour
    Dana Boettger/Sheila Keenan
    OFL Communications
    416.443.7665 (direct) or 1.800.668.9138
    or
    Ontario Federation of Labour
    Carrol Anne Sceviour
    OFL Staff, on site
    416.606.5046 (mobile)
    www.ofl.ca