Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

October 19, 2006 15:44 ET


Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1250 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto -- October 24 & 25, 2006

Attention: Assignment Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 19, 2006) - The Ontario Federation of Labour is convening an urgent summit on job loss in the manufacturing sector bringing together labour leaders, laid-off workers and economists to sort out what has happened to all the jobs.

Manufacturing and the resource-based sector is in crisis. Thousands and thousands of workers are being laid-off and their workplaces closed impacting whole communities in some of the most economically vulnerable parts of the province.

The OFL's two-day summit will outline the scale of the job losses, the impact on communities and the Ontario economy, the impact of global policies and what can and should be done.

What Ontario needs and doesn't have is a Jobs Strategy - the McGuinty government has been silent on this crisis - silent. No jobs strategy to put people back to work - no willingness to even discuss the impact on these workers and communities.

Here's who coming:

Tuesday, October 24

9:00 a.m.
OFL President Wayne Samuelson opens the Summit

9:30 a.m.
The magnitude of the job loss and how it affects people and communities:

Wayne Samuelson, Chair

Wayne Fraser, Director of District 6, United Steelworkers (USW); Cec Makowski, Ontario Region Vice-President, Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP); Dave Ritchie, General Vice-President, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM)

Leah Casselman, President, Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU):
The impact of manufacturing job loss on public services and communities.

12 noon - 1:30 p.m.
Leo Gerard, International President, United Steelworkers
Leo Gerard is a former United Steelworkers leader from Ontario now serving as elected International President, United Steelworkers (USW).
The USW is the largest industrial union in North America and the dominant union in paper, forestry products, steel, aluminum, tire and rubber, mining, glass, chemicals, petroleum and other basic resource industries.

1:30 p.m.
Root causes of job loss in manufacturing -
PANEL discussion

Terry Downey, OFL Executive Vice-President, Chair

Ron Blackwell, Senior Economist,
The American Federation of Labor and
Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
Global restructuring in Manufacturing

Andrew Jackson, Senior Economist, Canadian Labour Congress (CLC)
Manufacturing crisis in Canada - root causes

Wednesday, October 25

9:00 a.m.
Ken Georgetti, President, Canadian Labour Congress (CLC)
Job loss - a National Perspective

9:30 a.m.
Options for a Jobs Strategy
Ken Georgetti, Chair

PANEL: Andrew Jackson, Canadian Labour Congress; Keith Newman, Communications, Energy and Paperworkers; Scott Sinclair, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives; Janet Dassinger, UNITE-HERE

12 noon - 1:30 p.m.
Irene Harris, OFL Secretary-Treasurer, Chair

Guest Speaker - Howard Hampton, Leader, Ontario New Democratic Party
What the Government is doing, what it should be doing and the coming provincial election.

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
IDEAS FOR ACTION to tackle the crisis of job loss in the manufacturing sector

Wayne Samuelson, OFL President

Instead of talking to workers and communities that are suffering after the factories and mills have closed - instead of developing a Jobs Strategy for the province and bringing all the players to the table Premier Dalton McGuinty, working with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, has organized the Ontario Economic Summit on October 24 & 25. McGuinty's solution to the jobs crisis and that fact that one in ten manufacturing jobs in Ontario have been lost is to charge select invitees thousands of dollars to go to a resort in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

While this group is busy patting each other on the back at a resort the real discussion, including those who are feeling the pain of layoffs and closures will be meeting to discuss the real issues and solutions.

Ontario Federation of Labor's Summit on Job Loss in the Manufacturing Sector


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Contact Information

  • Dana Boettger, OFL Communications Director
    Primary Phone: 416-441-2731
    Secondary Phone: 416-443-7665