Missed what happened in Sudbury on January 8 during the All Together Now! campaign's townhall meeting? Watch the online videos to find out.
Ottawa (12 Feb. 2013) - Over 500 hundred union members gathered in Sudbury on January 9, with another 2500 participating via a teleconference, to talk and learn about the growing problem of income inequality.
The forum was sponsored by eight labour unions - National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE), Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO), Ontario Nurses Association (ONA), Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association (OPFFA), Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE), Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Society of Energy Professionals and the United Steelworkers (USW) - brought people together who are concerned about the expanding gap between the wealthy and the shrinking middle class.
As panelists James Clancy, NUPGE National President and Janet Gasparini, executive director of the Social Planning Council of Sudbury pointed out that as governments and employers attack labour and collective bargaining, refuse to create a forward-thinking modern industrial strategy and reform the tax system, more and more families and communities will suffer from the effects.
Footage from the event cover the ATN thinking on the issues but the most compelling stories are those from the workers who shared their personal experiences of helping people who are struggling with inequality while suffering from the same issues themselves.
Watching these videos will make you feel like you were there and inspire you to get more involved.
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