Locked out CF workers draw Michael Moore
Locked out CF workers draw Michael Moore TORONTO (September 15, 2009) -- As he entered the Toronto International Film Festival this week, filmmaker Michael Moore was welcomed by locked-out Cadillac Fairview workers, who have asked him to come and speak at their picket line. See the YouTube video on the workers’ Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=129967363285 The 61 Toronto Dominion Centre employees, who were locked out and then fired by their employer, Cadillac Fairview, need your support too. Click here to support the locked-out members of CEP Local 2003 by sending this letter by regular mail (pdf to print - http://www.cep.ca/reg_ontario/files/cadillacfairviewletter.pdf) or cut and paste (http://www.cep.ca/reg_ontario/files/cadillacfairviewletter.html) it to send by e-mail to the President and CEO of Cadillac Fairview: Peter.firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to sign your name. Cadillac Fairview Corporation announced the mass termination of all of its maintenance and skilled trades employees at the TD Centre in mid-July. The members of CEP Local 2003 were locked out by the company on June 14 after it tabled a final offer that proposed to eliminate employees, force workers to re-apply for their jobs, restrict union representation and undermine bargaining rights. After four weeks of a lockout, the company sent a letter to all locked-out employees stating that it was pleased with the contractor hired to do the union members’ work and is terminating all 61 employees, including those on sick leave and long-term disability. The workers are long-term employees with an average of more than 20 years’ service. “A number of you have committed your entire working life to this employer and to be tossed out on the street and terminated as if you had no rights whatsoever is outrageous and we won’t stand for it,” CEP’s Ontario Regional Vice-President Bob Huget told a rally in support of the workers, Aug. 27th. Click here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDQQTua53Zs) to watch the video of the August 27th rally. Cadillac Fairview has assets of $16 billion and is this last fiscal year was its most lucrative ever with nearly $1 billion in profits. Company properties include the TD Centre, Eaton Centre, Pacific Centre, Sherway Gardens, to name a few. The company is wholly owned by the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan. At the rally, V-P Huget praised the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation and the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario for their unwavering solidarity and efforts to convince the CF Board of Directors to get back to the bargaining table. Huget noted that the entire Toronto labour community has really come together, including CUPE 79 and 416, the Toronto District Labour Council, the OFL, OPSEU, NUPGE, the Canadian Media Guild, USW and the NDP. “These brothers and sisters regularly support us on the picket line and offer their valuable time and resources,” he said. Local 2003’s Shop Steward, Steve Craig has learned one very important thing out of all this -- “albeit at great cost to the group and me,” he said. “Although it may be your skills and abilities that land you a job, if the employer decides for whatever reason to toss you out on the street it will be solidarity that gets you back inside to the bargaining table.” In September, the CEP and CF are scheduled to attend the hearing before the OLRB on the bad faith bargaining charges brought by the union.