Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

February 01, 2010 05:00 ET

Unions Launch Jobs Campaign on Eve of Budget Hearings:

Good Jobs' Budget Needed to Speed Up and Consolidate Economic Recovery

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 1, 2010) - Unions in Ontario are pressing for Premier Dalton McGuinty to make next month's budget a 'good jobs' budget with a campaign starting with a series of radio ads launched this week.

"The top priority for the Ontario government must be to preserve and create good jobs," says Ontario Federation Labour president Sid Ryan. "That's how we'll pay down the deficit and speed up and consolidate the economic recovery. It's the only sustainable way to really help the government's bottom line.

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

Ryan warned that Ontario's fragile economic recovery could be threatened by short-sighted decisions to cut public services or sell off profitable assets such as the LCBO, Hydro or the OLG.

"Billions of dollars has been spent on infrastructure to stimulate the economy," said Ryan. "We don't want to see that progress reversed in this budget by cuts or sell-offs. Asset sales will do nothing to create good jobs, but will take revenue away from government and increase deficits and debt over the long term."

This week, the OFL launched its "Communities that Work" Campaign, taking to the airwaves in a province-wide blitz to deliver the message.

Some quick facts to consider:

  • Ontario has lost 200,000 jobs since the beginning of the recession, most of which have been 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;
  • Ontario is ranked in 55th place in terms of education per-student spending out of 60 provinces and U.S. states, behind Kentucky, Alabama and Arkansas;

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

Spokespeople from communities across the province are available for comment.

Contact Information

  • OFL
    Sid Ryan
    Sheila Keenan
    Mike Belmore