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2014-06-10 at 15:10

Unifor local backs Liberal candidates

By tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY -- In something of a surprise move, Unifor Local 229 has thrown its endorsement in the provincial election campaign behind the two Liberal candidates in the Thunder Bay area. 

Local President Kari Jefford says the decision to abandon their traditional trade union support came only following incredible debate and meetings with local NDP and Liberal candidates.

A vote by the Local membership was unanimous in favour of Liberal support. 

Jefford says the Liberal budget  would have provided important investments in public services and infrastructure.  She adds that it is clear the NDP Leader Andrea Horwarth is not listening to her supporters.  

Jefford also says that it's their belief that a vote for Bill Mauro or Michael Gravelle is a vote for a northern voice. 

Unifor Local 229 represents 3,500 health-care and educational workers across the region.

(Thunder Bay Television)

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worldtraveller321abc says:
No one in their right mind should ever vote for Liberals. Liberals are just as guilty at destroying jobs in Ontario as PC will do. Look at the modernization plan of the OLG casinos. Many many good jobs lost in the horse racing industry in Ontario. After the liberals closed some profit making race tracks. People's pensions and jobs are the issue here folks. Why would you want a company to take over a casino. It will reduce wages and staff. and anyone who has worked for OLG will be left on the street.
Also this will add to the 100 000 jobs lost in Ontario. More like 200 000 jobs. So Really only one saying good things in this election is the Orange Crush. IF your smart and educated and care about the working class. NDP please!
6/11/2014 2:10:22 PM
yqtyqt says:
Yes, I agree. Squeeling pigs at the taxpayers trough. Making sure that they are being well paid by taxpayers.

Although wynne claims that they are 100% efficient and they are is no room to cut, I think taxpayers know a different story. Hudak is proposing an 8% reduction through attrition. All businesses / employers have tightened their belts over the past 2 liberal terms as they've watched their hydro bills, payroll taxes & benefits, and government waste increase out of control.

Wynne has no sense of the burden she's putting on taxpayers including the elderly and those that struggle. She's chased 300,000 private sector jobs out of Ontario.

Most Ontarians realize its time for a change. Get out and vote for a change. Any change is better than what we have today.
6/11/2014 1:50:35 PM
NorthernGuy says:
A few things here:

1)YellowSnow13 -- The gas plant will be built in Sarnia, creating about 400 jobs. All 3 major parties wanted the location changed.

2) The public sector is 7 of the top 8 employeers in Thunder Bay. The jobs Hudak and Horwath want to cut (the NDP also said they would be getting rid of 8 ministries, including potentially northern development and mines) are extremely important to this city and region.

Government cuts would really hurt us up here.
6/11/2014 11:43:46 AM
Curious says:
The greed of unions is why companies have packed up millions of jobs and taken them to foreign countries. Now they have the odasidy to tell us what is good for "us"?? It is their own pocket books they are worried about. Less jobs is less spending Monet for them.
6/11/2014 9:07:42 AM
YellowSnow13 says:
Hockeyday, the 100,000 jobs you wrote about is suppose to happen by not replacing retiring people. So once you are retired, nobody is filling your shoes. Now, are you still scared? Did you see the budget the Liberals put out. What a joke. Lets just put Ontario so far into debt it really hurts. I'd really like my taxes to go up as Andrea baby stated on CBC radio last Wednesday. Just because you don't like the guy doesn't mean he's not trying to do what is good for Ontario. The PC platform is the better platform in the long run. The others are just trying to buy votes by putting Ontario into the RED!
6/11/2014 8:54:03 AM
mikethunderbay says:
Actually Tim Hudak has said that 10-15,000 of those that are expected to retire shortly would not be replaced. But who can trust those numbers when every economist who looks at his plan says its a joke.
Also expected are 2,650 cuts in Thunder Bay and we would see our unemployment rate go from one of the best in the province around 6.7-6.9 I believe to nearly 10. That sounds great for our local economy........ The choice is pretty clear here I think, the two local reps have delivered more for tbay and northern ontario than any other time in our history and the conservatives would kill the tbay economy and the ndp are expected to get around 15-17 seats and remain the third party.
6/11/2014 4:40:57 PM
moi says:
I will be voting for Tamara Johnson and the Libertarian Party.
6/11/2014 8:48:13 AM
hockeyday says:
Wake up people, Thunder Bay and NWO cover a huge area with low population. We need and get more government assistance than any part of the province and Hudak wants to eradicate it and not showing up for northern debate should speak volumes. A union doesn't vote for its members, but similar to a contract they have a right to voice an informed opinion especially when Hudak is the most right wing fanatic to ever run in this province. His plan cut 100,000 jobs and base his entire laughable job plan on multiplying jobs by 8 to round off at a million. Its crazy anyone from the north would support this guy and my advice turf him now and maybe PC's will find a moderate candidate worth consideration for next election.;
6/10/2014 11:46:34 PM
lori says:
S.Duncan calls them pigs
betterbob, calls them thugs
common cents call tim the hatchet

last time I checked they were people. why can't our discussions avoid this kind of language.

But S Duncan continues to demonstrate that when it comes to boorish school yard language, he is the king.

In a related news report one of the reasons given for this action was the lack of consultation between the NDP leader and the local candidates. The union did not appreciate the conduct of the NDP leader. That seems a specific reason to take an action and speaks directly to the leadership of the party. They recognize that andrea is trying to out conservative Tim Hudak.

There are many unions that are not supporting the NDP and I would suggest it is because of their belief in where they want to see Ontario go, not some misguided ideology. not every UNIFOR member will vote Liberal. They never all voted for the NDP. They have made a statement about Andrea. That says enough for me.
6/10/2014 11:33:28 PM
itmatters says:
Ummmm....This cannot be unanimous when all of us did not vote. Unifor does not speak for all of its Union Members. Just an FYI.
6/10/2014 9:09:16 PM
Shane Caker says:
How can a union make up the minds of 3500 members? LOL. I belong to a union but I have a mind of my own, thank you.
6/10/2014 8:03:11 PM
YellowSnow13 says:
I guess Unifor doesn't care that billions of dollars were wasted on a plant that is never going to exist. I guess they don't care about the Ornge scandal and the millions it wasted. How much medical equipment could of been bought for a BILLION dollars? I'll show you what a billion looks like 1,000,000,000.00. That's a lot of zeros. Now multiply that by 3.
I see Unifor can be bought with promises from the Liberal party that will put Ontario in further debt. I am really disappointed this union felt it necessary to come out with a statement like this.
6/10/2014 7:12:56 PM
common cents says:
100% agreed, a vote for the NDP supports
Tim the Hatchet Hudak!
6/10/2014 6:54:17 PM
captain says:
In keeping with my other commentary it is surprising that a local union leader would speak so harshly against the leader of the NDP. More telling was the statement that this was a unanimous endorsement by their membership. Now that might not mean 100%, but I would hazard a guess it was well over 75% for them to make that statement.

The NDP has lost it's way in a quest for power. They have given up on any position and are trying to be all things to all people and they stand for little.

My favourite part of their platform is the HST. They cannot possibly get rid of it, yet they announce it at every event.

Like the Liberals or not, it is hard to argue that our region has been very well served by these two MPP's.

We all say we want a strong voice. It is obvious that these two men have been heard loud and often.

it is hard to imagine what this city would have been like without all of the government support they have brought here.
6/10/2014 6:30:06 PM
betterbob says:
Of course they do! Union Thugs. Lining their pockets with our hard earned money.
6/10/2014 6:00:18 PM
S Duncan says:
The liberal budget doesn't promise investments.

It promises HANDOUTS to union pigs in exchange for their vote.

Its called vote buying and the Ontario public isn't so unaware of it anymore because its become way too obvious.

bye bye liberals!
6/10/2014 5:24:57 PM
jonthunder says:
This union support for the liberals reeks of nothing else than personal greed at the expense of everyone else in the community and Ontario. On this basis, Ontario can never repairs its desperate financial situation and offer the most and best for all Ontarians going fowward. Shameful Greed.
6/10/2014 5:22:36 PM
sprintfan says:
I find it to be quite a double standard that unions have no problem endorsing political parties, yet I have no doubt they'd be the loudest screamers if corporations were to do the same! I'm not anti union, but an totally ani-double standard!
6/10/2014 5:10:12 PM
Stucky says:
You are kidding, right?

Corporations are the biggest influencers of election outcomes.

6/11/2014 8:07:22 AM
Tbaylifer 1 says:
I can understand this unions support knowing the result of a conservative government after this provincial election, on frontline healthcare workers. They went though the cuts of the Harris conservatives which we are still dealing with today.
6/10/2014 3:40:03 PM
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