Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

September 16, 2010 10:41 ET

OFL-Day 2 from ECP Brantford Picket Lines: No Production for Second Day

RYAN TO THE PREMIER: "People are More Than Statistics"

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 16, 2010) - Yesterday, Premier Dalton McGuinty said that anti-scab legislation was not needed and that "most" disputes were settled by negotiation. "It's bad judgment to turn real people into nothing more than statistics," OFL President, Sid Ryan told the Premier in yesterday's open letter.

"People are more than just numbers, Mr. Premier. Clearly we need to introduce you to them to enable you to get a better understanding of the thousands of Ontarians whose lives are devastated by your lack of action."

Meet Donna:

"My husband and son-in-law both work at this plant – that is they did - so that's two families that are struggling. We're just managing to make our mortgage payments. We haven't been on summer holidays for two years and I haven't bought any new clothes or shoes since this began and let me tell you, shopping for groceries is a whole new and difficult experience. Your whole life gets turned upside down.

"My son-in-law and daughter couldn't put their boys into any summer sports and there were no new clothes for school for the last two years. They also cancelled their cable and internet. I tell you there's nothing normal about our lives now. Two months ago I was told that my workplace was closing down and moving its operations. I came down to the picket line in tears and told my husband.

"I'd like Mr. McGuinty to know that the men and women out here kept this plant running and growing and made it what it is. My husband worked here for 16 years. Now we've been pushed outside for two long years watching other people take our jobs. It's not right. That anti-scab legislation would make a world of difference."

Engineered Coated Products (ECP) remains closed for the second day as the three-day solidarity action strengthens. Canadian Autoworkers join the picket lines today to demand an end to the two-year nightmare created by ECP's use of scabs to avoid its legal responsibility to bargain a collective agreement.

All unions are demanding the government restore anti-scab legislation.

Today marks 753rd day of the strike with no government action to remedy the situation.

Contact Information

  • OFL
    Sid Ryan
    Lynn Simmons
    Communications Director