CURC activists make strides in Hamilton-Burlington-Oakville

The Hamilton, Burlington and Oakville Area Council of CURC has been very active since its formation in 2008. It has held public forums on the issue of improved pensions for retirees and met with local Members of Parliament to lobby on this point.

They met twice with MPs David Sweet (Conservative – Ancaster, Dundas, Flamborough and Westdale) and Mike Wallace (Conservative – Burlington). Both MPs were presented with a brief along with background materials and examples of how many seniors and former workers are suffering as a result of inadequate pensions and retirement-security provisions

Its members attended both the CURC National Convention in 2009 and the OFL–CLC Pension summit where the pension issue was again the chief focus.

They have written Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty on this issue. They have also pushed the NDP, not only by lobbying the federal party but also by submitting resolutions to the Hamilton Mountain NDP Riding Association and ONDP Provincial Council on the issue. Both were adopted unanimously.

They also presented a brief to Sophia Aggelonitis, Liberal MPP and Minister of Consumer Services. She forwarded it to Dwight Duncan, Ontario Minister of Finance.

The Area Council has also held information sessions for its members on prostate cancer, strokes and stroke prevention. They were out in support of local unions in Hamilton area who were locked out or on strike. They were part of group that successfully got Ontario government to reverse its decision to eliminate the Victorian Order of Nurses and OPSEU from bidding on contracts for homecare services.

They also participated in a May Day rally for jobs.

They participate in Labour Day activities by marching with the individual members’ unions and by setting up of an information table about CURC.

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