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

A Message from ONTARIO FEDERATION OF LABOUR

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
President
Ontario Federation of Labour

LABOUR DAY September 7

The NRLC will participate in the St. Catharines annual Labour Day Parade on September 7th.
Participants should gather at 9 AM at the Pen Centre parking lot. Look for the Niagara Regional Labour Council's trailer, this time carrying House of Labour.

It will look like this, only much better!

Here is reposted OFL Labour Day 2015 statement:

It's Time for Workers to Demand the Change They Want


Every generation of parents, from Canada’s First Peoples through each wave of immigration since, have trusted that hard work would deliver a brighter future and improved fortunes for their children and their grandchildren. However, despite record levels of education, today’s youth will become first generation in history to expect a lower standard of living than their parents.
For most of the last century, high school students could expect to graduate into well-paid jobs in manufacturing or other sectors that allowed them to buy a home, support a family and join the middle class. Their counterparts today are graduating from college or university with unprecedented levels of student debt only to wind up wallowing in low-paying service jobs that offer no security, limited benefits and little room for advancement.
Over nearly a decade in office, the Harper Conservatives have engineered a dramatic reversal of fortune across Canada that is driving down wages and threatening to leave future generations behind. For the first time since the 1950s, employment rates have dropped and new job creation has hit the skids. Even in Canada’s economic epicenter, barely 50 percent of workers can take comfort in full-time, permanent jobs.
For the country’s labour unions, this alarming workforce transformation is triggering a profound re-imagining of the labour movement. We are confronting the harsh reality that declining union density and an increasingly precarious workforce are dragging down wages and benefits faster than union standards can pull them up. Unions can no longer respond through self-preservation at the expense of other workers. A truly universal labour movement requires a bottom-up approach to worker action that is driven by a movement of all working people, the unemployed, the precariously employed, the retired and the many diverse communities who are being marginalized within today’s economy. The Ontario Federation of Labour, which has historically only given voice to unionized workers, is now partnering with diverse and vulnerable communities to mount a vigorous defence for the rights and interests of every worker.
For Canada’s voters, the fa├žade of the Conservative economic restructuring has crumbled away. A falling Canadian dollar, plummeting oil prices and the recent backslide into a second recession give the lie to the Conservative claim to be sound fiscal managers. However, for many Canadians, it is the deepening income inequality, wage stagnation and cuts to social programs that are causing voters to look for a more balanced road to shared prosperity.
When Albertans went to the polls last spring in Canada’s Conservative heartland, the result was the punishing defeat of a 40-year-old Conservative Dynasty and an unprecedented mandate for the Alberta New Democratic Party. Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley campaigned on a bold commitment to corporate tax fairness, the environment and a $15 minimum wage – the same hallmarks of Thomas Mulcair’s platform for Canada’s NDP.
What was mistaken at first as simply an Alberta election upset, is looking more and more like a federal forecast. Those who are fed up with corruption in Ottawa, blanket support for corporate Canada and an inexcusable indifference to inequality are seeing the NDP as the better choice.
Around barbecues and campfires across the country, Canadians may be inclined to spend this Labour Day weekend lamenting the end of summer but there is also cause to look optimistically towards the future. The federal election on October 19 will provide and opportunity for voters to chart a new course for Canada. In the weeks and months that follow, we must work together to make the Canadian economy work for everyone.