Workers Demand Ontario Labour Minister Protect Severance

July 23, 2009


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Workers Demand Ontario Labour Minister Protect Severance
Workers Demand Ontario Labour Minister Protect Severance
dated July 23, 2009


Mississauga, Ontario
Juky 23, 2009
      

Mississauga, Ontario
July 23, 2009


Jerry Dias
Assistant to CAW President

       "If you take a look at this crowd right here, we have workers here from Progessive Moulding; the largest group of workers in Ontario that have lost their jobs and have not received a dime of severance are our non-union brothers and sisters from Progressive Mouldings. Over 2,400 workers, 97 % of the plant which is predominately immigrant workers. So what we are doing today is we are going to bring the voices of the workers to the politicians."

Anthony Sinasac
Former Product Action worker

       "I came from an American based company called Product Action. We had two to three thousand employees. February 13th they just closed the doors in both Canada and the U.S. I'm owed personally over $10,000."


Ray Grummett
CAW Local 397 Former Alumetco Worker

       "It's morally wrong from companies to close and just leave your workers out in the cold. It's also morally wrong for governments to ignore us."

Alan Madramootoo
CAW Local 1524 Bauer Industries

       "We had guys who worked there for 47 years. They let us all go with no severance, no vacation pay, no weeks pay. Nothing."

Glen Annett
CAW Local 1524 Crowe Foundry Plant Chair

       "There are a lot of us that are owed about $30,000 and we're not going to see a cent unless this member of parliament here starts doing what's right for the people that are losing their jobs."

Mike Melo
CAW Local 195 Aradco Plant Chair

       "How does the government which has been elected by the Canadian work force do this to citizens who trust in them to serve and protect their needs and their interests? They should be ashamed of their actions and the legislation needs to change to protect the Canadian work force, not the major corporations."

 

Fa Lim
PMP Spokesperson

       "We demand that Peter Fonseca will change the law, will take action to protect working Canadians."

Brian Nicholl
CAW Local 199 Edscha Plant Chair

       "We have to join the fight, keep the fight going because every single person here and every single person, unionized, non-unionized deserves their dignity and their money at the end of the day."

Ken Lewenza
CAW National President

       "Brothers and sisters, it is an emotional day today. But it is also an inspiring day for the CAW. It is an inspiring day because we are the voice or the advocates for the members we represent. We are the voice of reason for those that we don't represent in the non-union environment."

Anthony Sinasac
Former Product Action worker

       "If it wasn't for the efforts of the CAW in supporting the non union people as well by extending their arms and inviting us to functions like this we would be very lost."

 

Ken Lewenza
CAW National President

       Believe me brothers and sisters the presence of you here today is making a difference in the hearts and minds of politicians. Are they thinking as progressively as we want them to today? No they are not. But if we continue to mount a campaign on human rights, on respect, on dignity then at the end of the day workers will be protected in the province of Ontario."

CAW Fighting Back Makes A Difference.


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