I would like to thank Local 8300 for sending me to attend the Pharmacare Lobby. It was a very interesting opportunity and a very important bill to support. On Monday afternoon we listened to presentations about the Bill. People explained the details of the Bill and why it is so important to have it passed. In the evening, we were given pointers and information to help us lobby. We were then sorted into groups and given are schedules for the next day. We discussed in our groups our plans of action for the next day and then it was time for supper and back to our rooms to read up about our MPs that we would be lobbying.
On Tuesday we met with four MPs, but one cancelled. It was still a busy day as each MP was in a different building. At the end of the day we met back with the other lobbyists to discuss how are meetings went.
My feelings were that the MPs agreed we needed a Pharmacare Bill, but they just want to do a patchwork instead of a universal. The Bill for Pharmacare being presented should be Universal Accessible Comprehensive Publicly-administered and Portable. The advantages of this bill would benefit all individuals as well as employers.
Sisters and brothers,
I am writing to you today with an urgent call-to-action. Our sisters and brothers at the GM Oshawa Assembly Plant, associated IPS facilities and dealerships across the province, and in the wider auto community, need your help. Your participation is needed at a rally in Windsor this Friday, January 11.
Since GM announced its intention to end production at the Oshawa Assembly Plant, violating the 2016 collective agreement, your union has done everything within our power to reverse GM’s decision.
There has been an outpouring of support from Unifor members in all sectors but there is still more work to be done.
This Friday, January 11, GM will host an investor event to pitch its future corporate direction. GM’s direction includes the plan to shut down GM Oshawa, affecting thousands of Unifor members and workers in Canada. GM’s big plan to line the pockets of investors also includes ramping up production in Mexico, exploiting low-paid workers there. This is the wrong direction for the company. Unifor is hosting a rally in Windsor, Ontario on January 11 to tell GM to keep Oshawa open and keep good jobs in Canada.
The rally will take place on the Windsor riverfront overlooking General Motors head quarters in Detroit. RSVP to the rally and show up to tell GM that you stand united with Canadian autoworkers. With your help, Unifor members can elevate our message – We call on GM to reverse their decision. If GM wants to sell here, it must build here.
Busses are hired, leaving from many cities across Ontario, but space is limited. Local unions are encouraged to coordinate carpooling, public, and other forms of transportation to assist members in attending the event. Unifor members, Unifor family members, and community allies, to reserve your spot on one of the busses listed below, please email Membership Mobilization and Political Action Director Josh Coles at Josh.Coles@unifor.org. Unifor Retirees, please email the Director of Retired Workers Barb Dolan at Barb.Dolan@unifor.org.
All buses will arrive in Windsor at 10:30 a.m. then will depart Dieppe Gardens at 1:00 p.m.
Brampton: Unifor Local 1285, 23 Regan Rd #1, Brampton, ON L7A 1B2. Bus leaving at 7:00 a.m. sharp.
Kitchener: Unifor Halls: 600 Wabanaki Dr, Kitchener, ON N2C 1J1. Bus leaving at 7:30 a.m. sharp.
London: Unifor National Office: 140 Pine Valley Blvd, London, ON N6K 3X3. Bus leaving at 8:30 a.m. sharp.
Oshawa: Unifor 222 Hall, 1425 Phillip Murray Ave, Oshawa, ON L1J 8L4. Bus leaving at 6:00 a.m. sharp.
St. Catharines: Unifor Local 199 Hall: 124 Bunting Rd, St. Catharines, ON L2P 3G5. Bus leaving at 6:30 a.m. sharp.
If you have any trouble attending, please reach out to Josh Coles about how to get to the rally. For more ways to support the campaign, please visit www.SaveGMOshawa.ca.