Locked out OLG workers to rally at Woodbine Racetrack to tell Premier Kathleen Wynne to stop gambling away their future



TORONTO, Sept. 23, 2015 /CNW/ - Locked out OLG workers - members of Unifor working at Sudbury Downs, Casino Brantford and Woodbine Racetrack – along with supporters will rally at the Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto to urge Kathleen Wynne to send the OLG back to the bargaining table.

As part of OLG's 'modernization plan', which has been backed by the Wynne government, the retirement security of roughly 1000 Unifor members is at risk. Because of the privatization plan, OLG workers are no longer eligible for their current pension plan, but the OLG refuses to negotiate the terms of a new retirement plan for their employees and has chosen to lock out its workers.

Future financial stability for these dedicated workers has been thrown out the window, but Unifor argues that the premier can and should act. Wynne claims to be a champion of retirement security, often citing the importance of predictability, but through her government's privatization plan she is looking to make a profit by taking that predictability away from OLG workers. 

What: Rally to support locked out OLG workers

Where: Woodbine Racetrack, 555 Rexdale Blvd, Toronto

When: Thursday September 24, 1pm

Who: Jerry Dias, Unifor National President

Katha Fortier, Unifor Ontario Regional Director

Chris Buckley, Unifor National Representative, Candidate for OFL President

Locked out OLG workers will be available to speak to media     

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing more than 310,000 workers, including over 17,000 in the hospitality and gaming sector. It was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union merged.


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