TORONTO- Unifor pledges to be a strong workers’ opposition to Doug Ford’s conservatives following a majority win in the 2022 provincial election.
“Doug Ford should not be too comfortable with tonight’s results. This second mandate cannot erase the pain and damage of his first four years of government,” said Naureen Rizvi, Unifor Ontario Regional Director. “I hope that with this new mandate, Ford takes the opportunity to reverse his former attacks on workers, repeal Bill 124, invest in public health care and address the rising costs of living for Ontario’s workers. If not, then Unifor will be his governments’ most vocal opposition.”
Strong, reliable public services are a social good that all workers rely on. Unifor opposed Ford’s early cuts to health care and education affected all workers, and continues to call for a reversal of Bill 124’s wage restrictions that strip workers, including health care workers, of their bargaining rights.
Unifor’s comprehensive voter engagement campaign saw member organizers deployed in key swing ridings. On the doorsteps, on the phones and over texting, the union reached out to more than 55,000 members in these ridings.
“Unifor engages with members around elections because government actions, like Bill 124, directly affect their working conditions and quality of life. Those connections made by our member organizers are the core of our campaign and the key to building worker power within our union,” continued Rizvi.
The union congratulates Unifor Local 199 member and former local President Wayne Gates for his re-election in Niagara Falls.
Before and during the writ period, Unifor produced ads that asked voters not to give Ford a second majority government, featured on fordfailedus.ca. This ad campaign targeted voters across the province, including in key regions, to share Ford’s failures and urge workers to get out and vote.