The goal of Unifor’s Good Jobs Summit next fall is to change the debate about what Canadians expect from their country and the economy, the recent Prairie Regional Council heard.
“Our finance minister says there is no such thing as a bad job,” Fred Wilson, Unifor’s director of strategic planning, said March 1. “If people believe that, if that’s all our young people expect, we won’t win the debate about changing this country,” he said.
The Good Jobs Summit will focus on young workers and students, Wilson said, because they are being offering little more than low-paying and precarious work, and have been raised to expect to never have a stable long-term job.
The summit, to be held next October at Toronto’s Ryerson University, will bring together stakeholders from a cross the economy – including labour, government, employers and advocacy groups – to debate ways to create stable jobs that can support a middle class family and offer hope to young people.
“We don’t just want a debate with ourselves,” Wilson said.
Wilson said the summit will be the launch for an ongoing debate about good jobs in Canada and raising the expectations of Canadians about the kinds of jobs available to them.
Delegates to the Prairie Council voted unanimously to support the Good Jobs Summit and to organize events in their communities leading up to the fall summit.