Labour leaders needs to make themselves more visible if they hope to fight off the attacks on working people in this country, Unifor National President Jerry Dias told a recent Leadership meeting in Toronto.
"We need to be out there, making our voices heard. That's how we make a difference," Dias said.
Many of the industries that Unifor represents are facing challenges these days, including the media, Dias said, speaking at the offices of Local 87-M, which represents workers at Ontario's top newspapers.
Those challenges won't be met without talking to our members, Dias said, adding we can't stop there. It is vital, he said, that labour leaders also talk to non-members, to politicians and to business people.
That's how change is made, he said.
"Unifor was born to change Canada," Dias said.
"And we are going to build Unifor by being an organization that are members are proud of."
Toronto mayoral candidate and former NDP MP Olivia Chow also spoke, saying governments can do more to help young people find jobs and build a future.
"To start with, we can require that any company getting a city contract have apprenticeships for young workers," said Chow