CAW Priorities for the Upcoming Ontario Budget

February 9, 2011, 11:05 AM EST


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CAW President Ken Lewenza presented a pre-budget submission to an Ontario government panel on February 1 outlining the union's priorities for the upcoming provincial budget.

The submission stresses the ineffectiveness of corporate tax cuts in stimulating the economy and creating new jobs. It also focuses on the importance of skills and labour adjustment programs and among other recommendations calls for the implementation of a wage earners' protection program to guarantee the payment of back wages, vacation, termination and severance benefits to displaced workers in the event of a bankruptcy.

Further, it highlights the important economic benefits of the automotive support program that helped with the rescue of GM and Chrysler, "already proven to be one of the most effective investments of taxpayer dollars in history."

Public funding of health care is a crucial highlight as are a number of proposals to improve and strengthen social programs and economic inclusion, while reducing poverty.

To read the complete submission, please go to www.caw.ca/en/9853.htm

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