In these times of unprecedented attacks of working men and women in Ontario, their lays an opportunity to mobilize and bring attention to the unjust decisions being made by big business and government leaders looking to undermine unions. We have all felt the results of the financial crisis and the government’s lack of addressing unfair trade, unemployment eligibility, our pensions and protecting Canadian jobs.

Then there’s the media. Reading the papers, on-line stories and radio call in shows, most have depicted Canadian Auto Workers as being the problem of the crisis. We all know that is not true. We have won countless awards for our productivity, quality, and recognition worldwide. We have brought billions of dollars to General Motors shareholders and provided enormous tax money to governments at all levels. We know that we could not have done this without our incredible ability to work together with everyone involved in the manufacturing of a vehicle. From the hard work of our brothers and sisters at local feeder plants to transportation drivers to skilled trades all of these enable us to produce incredible cars and trucks. Now we are somehow responsible for global financial fallout?? I don’t think so!

Unemployment insurance that we contribute to throughout our working lives is not helping laid off workers. The weeks of eligibility are not sufficient to cover the amount of jobs being lost. Weeks of eligibility must be 50 weeks across the country not by the region in which you live. Benefits are not nearly enough to survive on. Many of our local members are just getting EI and that benefit rate is not reflective of the loss of wages they experience. We need to implement a guarantee of 65% of your best 12 weeks in a calendar year. That’s if you qualify. Some of our members have been disqualified from receiving the employment insurance benefit. The hours of eligibility should also be the same across the country. 360 hours to qualify would help everyone from contractual workers, part time workers and many single parent homes that often have to balance childcare and work by themselves.

Pensions are under attack on the members who helped build the mighty Auto industry in North America. Men and Women who brought enormous wealth to these corporations and country are now facing attack. How many widowers will be forced into poverty as a result of the pensions being ripped away from them? Is there enough space under bridges for our seniors and pensioners? Perhaps these are the questions members of parliament should think about in their lack of attention to protecting the pensions of past workers in our society.

We MUST unite to tackle these and many more injustices taking place in Canada today. I am looking to formulate a list of all members of our great local union. This list would allow us to quickly mobilize in time for many fight back campaigns. We gained worldwide attention in our ability to fight back against the closure of the truck plant. I was very proud of everyone who supported, joined in, and came together very fast. A lot of us developed great memories of those days in June. Your local union has a long history of building a better society for members and the community. Much of this work was done by our past retirees. It’s time for you to stand up now and show your pride.

Are You Interested????
Please submit your name, city, and phone number or email to mobilizetoaction@gmail.com or call.
I will use this information to mobilize everyone interested in rallies, support and getting our messages out there.

Start responding to letters in the paper, online or call in shows. Respond to blogs, facebook, unionbook and every tool you can make use of. If you are are retired, laid off or looking to mobilize to secure a better world and community contact us.

The time for Me Me Warfare where you look after yourself and not your community is over. We are all in this together!!! Let’s start acting that way.

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