Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

March 28, 2007 15:30 ET

Media Advisory: Unions and Government Meet to Discuss the Jobs Crisis in Canada's Manufacturing Sector

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 28, 2007) - Ken Georgetti, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, will lead a delegation of union leaders representing workers from the country's beleaguered manufacturing and resource processing sector into a meeting with the Prime Minister and key members of his Cabinet to discuss the crisis in Canada's manufacturing sector.

Georgetti and his delegation are looking for signs of a plan to address the cumulative loss of nearly a quarter million manufacturing jobs in recent years. Since 2002, Ontario has lost 141,600 jobs (about one out of eight positions) and Quebec has lost 124,100 manufacturing jobs (about one in five positions). The union leaders will also be looking for plans to deal with the declining quality of the jobs being created to replace lost manufacturing jobs.

The Canadian Labour Congress delegation includes Buzz Hargrove from the Canadian Auto Workers; Ken Neumann from the United Steelworkers; Dave Coles from the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union; and David Ritchie from the Machinists' Union (IAM&AW).

The union leaders' meeting with the Prime Minister will also include the Ministers of Industry, Finance and Labour.

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.

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