Campaign for Democratic and Economic Rights

December 17, 2012, 3:45 PM EST


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The Ontario Federation of Labour and community allies have launched a campaign to defend democratic and economic rights in the province. The campaign will bring the fight for rights and democracy directly to the doorstep of every Member of Provincial Parliament in the lead up to the Ontario election. It has already started with regional town hall community meetings across the province and it will culminate in a mass rally at the Ontario Liberal Leadership Convention in Toronto on January 26, 2013.

This fall, the McGuinty Liberal government, with the backing of Tim Hudak's Progressive Conservatives, passed Bill 115 - an unprecedented law stripping educational workers of their most basic democratic rights. By cheating teachers and educational support staff of the right to strike and the right to bargain collectively with their employer, the Liberals and Conservatives have established a precedent that threatens the rights of every worker in Ontario.

Now the Ontario Legislature has been prorogued while public services and workers' rights continue to hang in limbo.

With a possible provincial election on the horizon, workers and community members across the province can demand new priorities for Ontario that put people ahead of corporate profit.

Upcoming community meetings include:

  • Saturday January 12, 2012 Niagara @ CAW Hall 124 Bunting Road,  St Catharines.  Meeting 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Pizza and refreshments at Noon. Everyone welcome. 
    Info - contact the Niagara Labour Council: Daniel Peat (905) 892-6524  or Nrl.clc@gmail.com or Bruce Allen, (905) 933-2811 or ballen@cogeco.ca
  • Wed. Jan. 23, 2013: Ottawa @ Ottawa City Hall (Champlain Room), 111 Laurier Ave. West. Meeting: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Pizza and refreshments provided. Everyone welcome.
    Info: Jennifer, 613-233-7820 or jennifer@ottawalabour.org
  • Thur. Jan. 31, 2013: Mississauga: @ Mississauga Valley Recreation Centre. 1275 Mississauga Valley Blvd Mississauga. Meeting: 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Food and refreshments provided. Everyone welcome.
    Info: Motilall Sarjoo (SARJ), 416-709-6352 or msarj@rogers.com

Dates and locations still to be announced: Kingston, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Peterborough, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury. To find out about a city near you, please contact your local labour council.

Get involved in the campaign! Visit: www.ofl.ca/index.php/campaigns/DemocraticRights

To view or print the OFL Rally poster please click here

 

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