For Immediate Release, Grey Bruce Labour Council
August 6, 2019
The Ontario government of Doug Ford is taking five months away from the Ontario Legislature. For Grey Bruce Labour Council President, Kevin Smith, “a five-month break from the Ford government is not all bad. At least the harm they can do is limited”. MPP’s may spend some time in their constituencies during this time, but there is no doubt that Labour Councils will be working in these constituencies over the five months and beyond.
The Ford government has spent its first year taking Ontario backwards. The Ford record of placing friends and cronies in “plum” jobs, undermining and underfunding public services, attacking labour and employment standards legislation, weakening occupational health and safety law, placing development above the environment and much more is recorded and updated regularly in the Ontario Federation of Labour “Ford Tracker” Dave Trumble, Labour Council VP, at the recent rally in Kincardine called out the Ford government and his cowardly caucus as “truly not for the people”.
Labour Councils all around Ontario are making sure that Conservative MPP’s know that Labour Councils and their coalitions of concerned citizens are not going anywhere. The Grey Bruce Labour Council is staking its place in this activism. A 4PM rally is planned at, MPP, Bill Walker’s Owen Sound office on August 13th.
Summer may be a time when numbers at rallies may suffer, but the Grey Bruce Labour Council will be counted this summer and onwards. Doug Ford and those who stand with him and his caucus must understand that decades of social progress in Ontario will not be rolled back without meeting ongoing resistance.
If left unchallenged Doug Ford and his cronies will make Ontario unrecognizable. “The People” will not be the ones to benefit.
All union affiliates and concerned citizens are invited to the August 13th rally. The rally is set to run from 4-5PM with a brief opportunity to participate in a BBQ at the OPSEU office at 100-1717 2nd Ave E, Owen Sound ON N4K 6V4 after the rally.
The Ontario Government of Doug Ford has been wrecking ball of repugnant attacks on education, healthcare, labour law, health and safety law, the environment, Indigenous relations and much more. In addition, the Ford government’s handling of the provincial coffers has lead to 60 percent of Ontario residents seeing the government as corrupt (according to recent media stories). The Ford government, elected by a minority of Ontario voters, has acted without a mandate on numerous initiatives.
The government is now taking a five month holiday from Queen’s Park. This is not necessarily bad as when they are not in session they cannot enact more regressive legislation. Legislation that hurts many, but makes the narrow cross section of Ontario Conservatives still supporting the Ford government happy. Why would this narrow cross section be happy with the most regressive government in a generation? As this narrow cross section is #notforthepeople, they will be recipients of the Ford version of the gravy train.
Rallies such as that today at #LisaThompsonnotforthepeople office and the August 13th rally at #BillWalkernotforthepeople office in Owen Sound is to tell these MPP’s that when they do return to work, we will be waiting for them and we will hold them accountable.
Many thanks to all the affiliate unions that attended today, The Society of United Professionals, OSSTF, OECTA, the PWU, OPSEU, Unifor, but a huge “shout out” to the Society for showing up in large numbers.
97% Strike Mandate
Bruce Power Local members of the Society of United Professionals voted an overwhelming 97 percent in favour of striking last night. The 1,200-member local, which represents Bruce Power engineers, supervisors and other professional workers, has been in contract renewal negotiations with Bruce Power since November.
“A 97 percent strike vote is an overwhelming mandate for our bargaining team and I hope the company takes this as a sign that it’s time to come back to the bargaining table with a fair offer,” said Bruce Power Local Vice President Mike Gade, who is leading negotiations for the union. “As local residents, our members are deeply committed to the Bruce and Grey communities. With this strike vote, we want our friends and neighbours to know that we are willing to do what it takes to keep good jobs here today and for generations to come,” continued Gade.
Key issues at the bargaining table include ensuring good jobs for the next generation of Bruce Power employees, career development opportunities, and improving health and safety at the plant.
A Ministry of Labour-appointed conciliator will assist negotiations in sessions scheduled for June 24-26. If the parties cannot come to an agreement during that time, a “no-board report” will be issued. On the 17th day following the issue of a no-board report the parties would be in a legal strike-lockout position.
For more information, Society members are asked to contact your Delegate or Communication Action Network (CAN) representative.