Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow spoke at a Kingston and District Labour Council event at Lake Ontario Park on Saturday afternoon. The other speakers at the BBQ & Family Day gathering were Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) president Hassan Yussuff, Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) president Robyn Benson and Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) secretary-treasurer Nancy Hutchinson.
Barlow spoke in solidarity with workers and unions saying there is now a new “muscle” in the labour movement.
The OFL secretary-treasurer tweeted, “Energizing Political Action BBQ in Kingston, @MaudeBarlow reminds us we must Vote 2 save Canada.” Adam Jackson tweeted, “Maude Barlow ‘concerned that the fair elections act makes it harder to vote.” And PSAC Ontario tweeted, “Inequality has grown under @pmharper [says] @MaudeBarlow.”
The promotion for the gathering noted it was open to all union members including those from the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC), the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers (UCCO), the Union of National Defence Employees (UNDE), the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), plus many others.
The Kingston and District Labour Council represents over 40 member local unions in the Kingston region with a membership totaling almost 10,000 workers. The labour council is active in employment, municipal, provincial and social issues. For more on their work, please follow them on Twitter here.
Photos from yesterday’s event at Lake Ontario Park.