"We are asking delegates to consider which candidates have the closest ties to Bay Street, which candidates draw their support from big corporations. Our new Premier must put people before profits,” says Thomas.
Toronto (25 Jan. 2013) — Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE) President Warren (Smokey) Thomas will be on hand early Saturday morning to greet the Ontario Liberal Leadership Convention delegates as they arrive at Maple Leaf Gardens. Thomas will be joined by Vice-President/Treasurer, Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida as well as members of the OPSEU Executive Board and hundreds of members from all over Ontario.
A rally will held outside Maple Leaf Gardens, 60 Carlton St. in Toronto on Saturday, January 26 from 7 a.m. until 9 a.m.
“It is time for an Ontario Premier who stands for the 99 per cent,” says Thomas.OPSEU/NUPGE members will be handing out flyers and stickers as delegates arrive, and asking them NOT to choose a leader like Dalton McGuinty.
“Ontario needs a Premier who values our democratic rights and will stand up for the best interests of the people of this province. We are asking delegates to consider which candidates have the closest ties to Bay Street, which candidates draw their support from big corporations. Our new Premier must put people before profits,” says Thomas.
“It’s time to put a stop to Ontario’s growing income inequality,” says Almeida. “Concentration of wealth in the hands of the few has been the trend for too long. As union members, we know what it means to fight for living wages, for human rights, to stand up for the little guy. And we expect nothing less from our political leaders.”
Buses of OPSEU/NUPGE members and concerned citizens depart as early as 2 a.m. to make it in time for the early morning rally. Attendees are coming from as far away as Sudbury, Kingston, Ottawa, Orillia and Barrie.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE