CAW Members Rally Outside Ontario Liberal Leadership Convention
January 28, 2013, 12:45 PM EST
Hundreds of CAW members took part in the massive protest by labour and community groups outside the Ontario Liberal leadership convention January 26 calling for democracy, negotiating rights, good jobs and public services.
The Rally for Rights and Democracy brought together high school and elementary teachers, CAW, CEP, Steelworkers, CUPE, OPSEU and members from a broad range of other unions. In addition community groups representing students, seniors, Aboriginal peoples, environmentalists and many others attended demanding economic and democratic rights, an Ontario Federation of Labour release states.
CAW members from across Ontario took part in the protest rally at Allan Gardens in downtown Toronto which included a march and demonstration outside Maple Leaf Gardens, where Ontario Liberals were holding their leadership convention. Liberal convention delegates elected Kathleen Wynne as the new Liberal Party leader and Ontario Premier.
CAW members from Windsor, Kitchener, Ottawa, Oshawa, the Greater Toronto Area, Grey-Bruce County and other parts of Ontario attended the rally, which attracted 30,000 participants.
CAW President Ken Lewenza said the imposition of teacher contracts under Bill 115 was "undemocratic." He stressed the provincial government had no right to impose contracts onto teachers through legislation and instead should have negotiated agreements.