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ADVISORY: Campaign to Stop Tim Hudak Comes to Kitchener, Waterloo & Guelph With Monday's Urgent All-Union Meeting

KITCHENER, ONTARIO and WATERLOO, ONTARIO and GUELPH, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 04/04/14 -- A province-wide campaign, launched last month against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, will be rolling into Kitchener with an urgent all-union meeting Mon., April 7. Calling Hudak's claim that he has shelved his anti-worker scheme a dishonest tactical maneuver, Ontario's labour movement is forging ahead with plans to travel the province and expose Hudak's hidden agenda.

"Mr. Hudak's entire platform is centred on dismantling the labour movement to clear the way for a low-wage economy," said OFL President Sid Ryan. "He isn't fooling anyone. No matter how he tries to massage his message, Tim Hudak is still committed to the same extremist policies that would divide our workplaces, weaken workers' voices and drive down wages for everyone."

The Ontario Federation of Labour and regional labour councils are planning upwards of 20 meetings to train workers to educate their colleagues, families and neighbours about Hudak's hidden agenda. The campaign launched in Durham with more than 300 workers, and meetings continue to be packed.

While the meeting itself is closed to reporters, a media conference will take place at 6:30 p.m. Photo opportunities and interviews can be arranged in advance.


What:     Media Conference in advance of the Kitchener, Waterloo and Guelph 
          Regional Meeting to Stop Tim Hudak                                
                                                                            
When:     6:30 p.m., April 7                                                
                                                                            
Where:    Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex, 400 East Ave.              
                                                                            
Details:  For more information about the campaign, visit:                   
          http://www.rightsatwork.ca/                                       

"Hudak wants to force workers in the Waterloo region to compete with workers in low-wage jurisdictions in a race to the bottom, so he wants to eliminate the workplace rights that stand in the way of his plan," said Waterloo Regional Labour Council President Marc Xuereb.

"We are going to bring the message about Hudak to every union member and especially members who have voted for the Conservatives in the past to say 'not this time, Mr. Hudak,' said Guelph and District Labour Council President Janice Folk-Dawson, "We will be telling our co-workers, friends and neighbours exactly what a Hudak government has in store."

The OFL represents 54 unions and one million Ontario workers. For information, visit www.OFL.ca and follow the OFL on Facebook and Twitter: @OFLabour.

Contacts:
OFL
Sid Ryan
President
416-209-0066
@SidRyan_OFL

OFL
Lynn Simmons
Communications
416-795-1427

Contacts:
Guelph and District Labour Council
Janice Folk-Dawson
President
519-766-8376

Contacts:
Waterloo Regional Labour Council
Marc Xuereb
President
519-588-0199

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