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Unifor commits to make Ontario election count for workers

May 9, 2018

TORONTO – Unifor members across Ontario launched an ambitious plan to mobilize workers for the provincial election, to stop Doug Ford and the conservatives. 

“There is too much at risk for working people not to take definitive action,” said Naureen Rizvi, Unifor Ontario Regional Director. “Unifor has a plan to activate all 160,000 of our members in Ontario. This is about electing a government to protect workers’ rights and human rights. It’s about protecting public services and improving the lives of working people with good jobs and fair wages.”

The union, representing workers in every major sector of Ontario’s economy, is organizing a province-wide mobilization campaign for members. Under the banner of Make it Count, Unifor is communicating directly with workers on how to make their vote count in this election to win a better and more progressive future.

“Unifor members will stop Doug Ford and his dangerous, conservative, backward views from becoming realized,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “His right-wing, anti-worker vision is not the future that working people in this province want or deserve.”

Across the province, 28 member organizers are working with Unifor locals to connect with union members and talk about the type of future workers want in Ontario.  With a focus on activating electoral participation, Unifor’s campaign focuses on four main issues established by members at the union’s Ontario Regional Council in December. Unifor will push to stop the conservatives, demand a protection of public services and investments for health care, pharmacare and universal child care, and seeks to protect and expand workers’ rights and standards including the $15 an hour minimum wage. For more information on these priorities, visit uniforvotes.ca.

“Unifor members pushed this government for every inch of progress that workers have made. That progress will be defended and improved by Unifor members, through their activism and their votes,” said Rizvi. “The significance of this election cannot be overstated. We’re here to make an impact.” 

For more information, please contact Unifor Director of Communications Denise Hammond at denise.hammond@unifor.org or at 416-707-5794 (cell).