Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

June 15, 2005 06:50 ET

VISUAL MEDIA ALERT Labour Leaders as Fashion Models

Attention: News Editor MONTREAL LABOUR LEADERS AS FASHION MODELS --(CCNMatthews - June 15, 2005) - You will not believe it until you see it: Ken Georgetti, president of Canadian Labour Congress as a fashion model! UNITE HERE Canada will celebrate union-made uniforms and apparel in a brief, entertaining fashion show on Wednesday, June 15 in Montréal during the Canadian Labour Congress' triennial convention. Union leaders and workers will model a range of clothing from wedding dresses to hockey uniforms that demonstrate the ingenuity and value of Canada's garment industry and its workers.

Cheap exports from Chinese sweatshops are flooding Canada's market and threatening 100,000 well-paying Canadian apparel jobs. UNITE HERE, joined by industry employers and other unions, has called on the Canadian International Trade Tribunal to impose import limits but the trade ministry has yet to act. In contrast, the European Union and China just this week agreed to limit surging Chinese clothing exports, settling a dispute that threatened to cause a major trade disruption. The United States, Peru and Turkey have already negotiated similar agreements.

Models will include the executive leaders of the Canadian Labour Congress: Ken Georgetti, president, Hassan Yussuff, secretary-treasurer; Barbara Byers, executive vice-president; Marie Clarke-Walker, executive vice-president.

Deborah Bourque, president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers;
Sharlene Stewart, president of Local One, SEIU;
members of the International Association of Fire Fighters.

WHEN: 1:30 pm

WHERE: room 220, level 2, Palais des Congrès, 201, av. Viger Ouest, Montréal.

The Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the labour movement, represents 3 million Canadian workers. The CLC brings together Canada's national and international unions along with the provincial and territorial federations of labour and 137 district labour councils. Web site:

The Convention, which meets every three years, is the supreme governing body of the Canadian Labour Congress, which was founded at its first convention in 1956.

Jean Wolff, (613) 878-6040
Jeff Atkinson, (613) 863-1413
Thao Dao, (514) 887-3463 UNITE HERE /For further information: Jeff Atkinson, 613-863-1413
Thao Dao,514-887-3463 UNITE HERE/ IN: LABOUR

Contact Information

  • Jean Wolff, Director of Communications Department, Canadian Labour Congress
    Primary Phone: 613-878-6040