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Unifor disappointed as Kenney presents support for corporations and slim pickings for workers

June 29, 2020 - 12:00 AM

June 29, 2020

EDMONTON – Unifor urges Premier Kenney to change course and invest in workers instead of further padding corporate profits. 

“Alberta’s workers are looking for leadership, and instead, Kenney launches an incomplete plan that squeezes education, and school boards, and proposes two-tiers of minimum wage. That’s not going to cut it,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “While Albertans are supporting one another, the least he can do is recognize that this crisis is the time to invest in Albertans, not funnel more profit off of workers’ backs into the pockets of corporate bosses.”

In the June 29 announcement, Premier Kenney floated possible changes to labour relations legislation that would no doubt take from workers, and refused to commit to not making deeper cuts to public services that are supporting the province through the COVID-19 pandemic.

“While details are sparse, his message is clear. Kenney is still turning his back on workers in order to hold the hands of corporate Alberta,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor Western Regional Director. “A fair economic recovery can build public services that this province needs, and protect labour standards while providing the conditions that business needs to grow. Don’t let anyone tell you that we cannot achieve both.”

On June 24, Unifor released its Road Map for a Fair, Inclusive and Resilient Economic Recovery. Our bold plan is available at buildbackbetter.unifor.org, and focuses on five key economic areas to not only rebuild the economy, but also to support Canada’s workers.

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change

For further information: contact Sarah McCue, Unifor National Communications Representative at 416-458-3307 (cell) or sarah.mccue@unifor.org.