Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

April 28, 2005 12:39 ET

NEWS CONFERENCE - Four Points Sheraton - Kitchener

Trillium Suite - Poolside, 105 King Street East, Kitchener, Ontario - Friday, April 29 at 8:15 a.m. Attention: Assignment Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - April 28, 2005) - Ontario Federation of Labour to present at Bill 144 Hearings in Kitchener

(TORONTO) - The Ontario Federation of Labour makes its presentation on Bill 144, the Labour Relations Statute Law Amendment Act, 2004 on Friday, April 29 at 9:00 a.m. at the Four Points Sheraton-Kitchener.

"Bill 144 fails to restore card-based certification to all Ontario workers," OFL president Wayne Samuelson says. "The card-based system was used in Ontario for 40 years until Premier Mike Harris destroyed it 1995. Now we have the McGuinty Liberals set to restore the card-based system during organizing drives for just one sector of workers - it's unfair."

The card-based system was in effect for decades in Ontario and endorsed under Conservative, Liberal and NDP governments. Where a clear majority of employees (55 per cent) indicated that they wished to be represented by a union by signing a membership card, the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) would certify the union as the bargaining agent without a vote.

The Ontario Federation of Labour is the province's 'house of labour, or central labour body. The OFL represents 700,000 workers in more than 1,500 affiliated unions.

cope343 /For further information: Waterloo Regional Labour Council Rick Moffitt 519.743.8301/ IN: LABOUR, MEDIA, POLITICS

Contact Information

  • Wayne Samuelson, OFL President
    Primary Phone: 416-571-7408