Hosted by Niagara Region nurses and administrative staff from OPSEU Local 294.

Everyone welcome! Bring friends and family. Free admission, food and refreshments.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

6:15-7:00 p.m. Meet and Greet, food and refreshments
7:00-9:00 p.m. Town Hall

Grantham Lions Club Hall, 732 Niagara Street, St. Catharines

We want to hear:
• Your stories as home care patients and families
• Your stories as health care providers in our community
• How you feel about the current state of home care in Ontario
• How you think the home care system can be improved

The home care nurses and administrative staff from Local 294 have a deep commitment to community-based health care. We know the system is not working well for everyone. Let’s work together to make it better.

Deb Tungatt, OPSEU Region 2 Vice President.

Cindy Forster, MPP (Welland); Wayne Gates, MPP (Niagara Falls)
Natalie Mehra, Executive Director, Ontario Health Coalition
Sue Hotte, Co-Chair, Niagara Health Coalition
Smokey Thomas, President, OPSEU; Eddy Almeida, 1st VP/Treasurer, OPSEU
Others to be announced.

For more information, please contact Local 294 at opseu.L294@gmail.com.

Guest column appearing in the Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton Sun newspapers

NDP lost election by veering to the right

Sid Ryan, President of the Ontario Federation of Labour
Special to Postmedia Network (Sunday, October 25, 2015 08:10 PM EDT)
Click here to read and share the column from the Toronto Sun website.
There were many factors that played into Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s unexpected majority government.
But in the opinion of this lifelong union activist and former NDP candidate, neither the much-maligned niqab, nor cynical strategic voting, played as much of a role in the NDP reversal of fortune as the decision to abandon its social democratic roots.
When the NDP holds a post mortem on the 2015 federal election, it can mark Tom Mulcair’s Aug. 25 visit to a small factory in London, Ontario as the day its promising lead in the polls took a nose-dive.
On that fateful day, Mulcair shocked his political base by announcing the NDP would deliver four years of balanced budgets, despite record low borrowing rates and growing evidence that Canada was slipping into another recession.
The Liberals pounced on this announcement, accusing the NDP of adopting a “Stephen Harper budget” that would inevitably lead to “severe austerity” measures.
Trudeau countered with an ambitious proposal to run an annual deficit of under $10 billion over three years to finance a multi-billion dollar public infrastructure investment program that would create thousands of jobs.
By thumbing his nose at the neo-liberal fiscal orthodoxy that has gripped this nation for two decades, Trudeau boxed the NDP into the same fiscal corner as the most unpopular prime minister in living memory.
Trudeau outflanked Mulcair just as Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne had done in last year’s Ontario election, when she masqueraded as more left than Andrea Horwath’s NDP.
Fool me once, as the saying goes.
It was a masterful play that came at a time when the polls were reporting that 70% of Canadians were looking for change and many were considering the NDP.
This NDP budgetary misstep also revealed an inherent contradiction in Mulcair’s plan that undermined other popular planks in the NDP platform.
In particular, it gave rise to closer inspection of the crown jewel of the NDP platform – a $15-per-day universal childcare program.
What became apparent was that the protracted eight-year roll out for these one million childcare spaces was a direct result of Mulcair’s self-imposed fiscal constraints and his reticence to increase taxes on the wealthy.
In essence, the message to voters was one of fiscal conservatism over progressive public policy.
Suddenly, the Liberals, not the NDP, were able to present themselves as the agents of “real change”.
Many NDP members are asking themselves why their party tried to win government by accepting the campaign strategy of its opponents, rather than seeking to redefine politics.
Early in the marathon election campaign, Conservative-weary voters proved they were ready for some risk taking.
Early polls rewarded the NDP for adopting a principled opposition to Bill C51, committing to a $15 federal minimum wage and calling for the abolition of the Senate.
It was not the time to quit while they were ahead, or to be coy about their core values as social democrats, not when most voters were looking for bold change.
South of the border, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is making headlines and inspiring a generation with a bold critique of capitalism.
Across the pond, the moribund U.K. Labour Party has been reinvigorated with the election of Jeremy Corbyn and his unapologetic advocacy for a “return to the welfare state.”
New Democrats would be wise to wrap themselves in their social democratic values, rather than going to such great pains to disguise them.
This election served as a stark reminder that the NDP path to electoral success is inextricably tied to the courage of the party’s convictions.
— Sid Ryan is president of the Ontario Federation of Labour
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With the global economic crisis still hitting working people hard in every part of the world, trade unions around the world will once again organise mobilisations, events and activities on October 7 to demand decent jobs and full respect for workers’ rights.
Just 7% of working people in the formal and informal sectors are union members, yet hundreds of millions more want the security and protection that unions provide. ... read more

At Brock University, both CUPE 4207 and  BUFA will be holding info tables on October 7th to illuminate the critical situation in post-secondary teaching. In Canada 1 of 3 professors is temporary of part-time. See more here.

Defend Auto and Auto Parts Sector Jobs

RALLY this Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 30,  at 3 PM 

in front of MP Dykstra's campaign office on 22 Geneva Street in St. Catharines

The Federal government is close to signing a new free trade agreement (Trans Pacific Partnership) the terms of which will result in auto and auto parts job losses and plant closures on a bigger scale than the North American Free Trade Agreement.  The Economist magazine recently reported that over the last 15 years an estimated 20,000 workplaces and 500,000 manufacturing jobs were lost in southern Ontario.  NAFTA facilitated this by gutting domestic content requirements and by treating production in Mexico to be North American.  The Trans Pacific Partnership now being secretly negotiated with twelve other countries will sharply lower auto and auto parts domestic content requirements even further. 
      This will decimate what’s left of auto and auto parts production here by enabling corporations to continue the race to the bottom by globally seeking cheaper and cheaper production and labour costs.   Unifor estimates it could result in the loss of another 26,000 auto and auto parts jobs in Canada.  Many would be here in Niagara accelerating the exodus of youth from the Niagara Region due to a lack of job opportunities.
      We cannot stand for this and must make our voices heard now.  We must demand that any and all future trade agreements secure the future of the auto and auto parts industries in this country as a way to secure the economic future of the Niagara Region.

Issued by: 
Bruce Allen, President of Unifor Local 199

The time for change is now


Never before have we been this close to defeating Harper and electing a federal NDP government. Ontario is essential to the outcome of this election and in the Niagara Region - everyone is watching the Niagara Falls, and Niagara West ridings.

Please join us at a Niagara labour canvass on Tuesday September 29, 2015 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm in support of Carolynn Ioannoni, and Nameer Rahman our NDP Candidates in Niagara Falls and Niagara West.

When:    Tuesday, September 29th, 2015     5 pm - 8 pm
Where:   Niagara Regional Labour Council  1 Ormond Street South, Thorold

RSVP at: http://ofl.nationbuilder.com/niagara_canvass

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL), in co-operation with the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), the Niagara Regional Labour Council, affiliates, and our community partners are mobilizing workers in support of NDP candidates. We have scheduled labour canvasses across the province and we need your support to ensure they deliver maximum impact. Help us by volunteering for these canvasses and recruiting others to join you.
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to call Rob Halpin in my office at 416-707-9014.

In solidarity,

Sid Ryan
Ontario Federation of Labour