Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

June 08, 2006 11:24 ET

OFL and Unions Welcome Job Protection Strategy Unveiled by NDP Today

Attention: Assignment Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - June 8, 2006) - "We are in a jobs crisis here in Ontario," said OFL president Wayne Samuelson. "Since June 2004 this province has lost 87,000 manufacturing jobs. This means 87,000 workers have lost their livelihoods and communities that once thrived are barely surviving."

"We welcome the NDP's initiative today to create a Jobs Commissioner to stop plants closing and keep facilities operating, to save jobs and to mitigate the effects of job losses. Until two years ago British Columbia had a Job Protection Commissioner that was highly successful in saving 75,000 jobs in the forestry sector alone. Ontario needs a Job Protection Act and a Job Protection Commissioner.

"After losing 87,000 jobs in the last two years the McGuinty government has done nothing to help these workers. The Government has not said one word. The Government has no job strategy for the province," Samuelson said. "It's time we got one."

At today's Queen's Park press conference Samuelson was joined by union leaders and workers from the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers (CEP), International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and the United Steel Workers (USW). Workers told their stories about what happens when the plant or mill closes in a one industry town - families move away in search of work and can no longer afford to send their children to post secondary school, and opportunities dry up.

"We need to protect the future of young people and communities across this province and build a sustainable economy," Samuelson said. "This cannot wait, we must have a job protection strategy in this province."

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Contact Information

  • Dana Boettger, OFL Communications Director
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    Secondary Phone: 416-443-7665
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