Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

February 01, 2010 17:01 ET

Testing Shows Ontarians Are Behind OFL's Jobs Message

OFL president Sid Ryan to appear before Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs

1:45 p.m., Tuesday, February 2

Committee Room 151, Main Legislative Building, Queen's Park

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 1, 2010) - OFL president Sid Ryan will deliver the same message in pre-budget consultations tomorrow as the one folks across Ontario are hearing on the radio this week: next month's budget must be a 'good jobs' budget.

That's the only way to pay down the deficit, and a failure to make jobs the priority would threaten the still-fragile economic recovery, says Ryan.

"Paying down the deficit won't create good jobs, but creating good jobs will pay down the deficit," he says.

The ad campaign is part of the OFL's Communities that Work campaign. Tested with members of the public, the 'good jobs' message was in step with what Ontarians are saying: the first step to dealing with the deficit is to get people working and keep them working in good jobs.

In his presentation to the committee, Ryan will caution against selling profitable assets such as Hydro, the LCBO, or the OLG. He will also address the five steps to good jobs:

  • Support private sector job creation, including green jobs;
  • Don't cut public services;
  • Support good jobs through more training, re-training, and childcare;
  • Don't cut corporate income taxes;
  • Support workers who are trying to get by with insecure work such as temporary, insecure, casual, or part-time jobs.

Ryan will be available for comment following his presentation to the committee.

The OFL is the umbrella group for public and private sector unions representing more a million working people.

Facts to consider:

  • Ontario has lost 200,000 jobs since the beginning of the recession, most of which were full-time (176,000);
  • The province has seen a huge rise in temporary and self-employment -- 20,500 and 25,000 respectively from 2008 to 2009;
  • Ontario already has the second lowest program spending of any province or territory in Canada.

For information or to hear the ads: www.communitiesthatwork.ca

Contact Information

  • Ontario Federation of Labour
    Patrick (Sid) Ryan
    416.209.0066 (mobile)
    Ontario Federation of Labour
    Sheila Keenan
    Communications Director
    416.443.7665 (direct) or 416.737.5798 (mobile)
    Ontario Federation of Labour
    Mike Belmore
    Communications Director
    416.443.7658 (direct) or 905.308.4300 (mobile)