rabble blogs are the personal pages of some of Canada's most insightful progressive activists and commentators. All opinions belong to the writer; however, writers are expected to adhere to our guidelines. We welcome new bloggers -- contact us for details.

Hardship looming, union stands firm

Please chip in to support more articles like this. Support rabble.ca in its summer fundraiser today for as little as $1 per month!

Times are getting tough for the CF61 TD Centre employees, but not tough enough to break their will to remain on the picket line until they get a favourable ruling from the Ontario Labour Relations Board. But the picket, in its ninth month, is approaching a crossroads.

The CF61 Hardship Fund was recently depleted when disbursements were made to needy locked out and terminated workers.

On June 14, after the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Local 2003 (CEP) and Cadillac Fairview (CF) had failed to reach a collective agreement for either the maintenance/skilled trades or the engineers/building operators, all 61 Toronto-Dominion (TD) Centre workers were locked out by their employer.

CF arranged for third party service providers to carry out all the work during the work stoppage.

A month later, all TD Centre workers were abruptly terminated when CF decided to enter into a permanent agreement with third party service providers.

Since June, the CF61 have picketed during the heat, rain, cold and snow, but are losing some of their members’ participation due to financial hardships. “Losing too many members would be a devastating blow to the many dedicated men on the picket line fighting for their jobs,” said the CF61 Solidarity group.

“We need support on the morning picket line from our other union brothers and sisters to help lift morale on the picket line in downtown Toronto. Please come down to the garageway on the north side of Wellington Street between Bay and York Streets between 7 am and 11 am, Monday through Friday.”

The Ontario Labour Relations Board hearings won’t commence until April and the union said it could be months until the Board makes a ruling.

“If you can’t come to the picket line then donations would be greatly appreciated to help with the financial hardships these dedicated picketers are going through every day of their lives for the last eight and a half months,” said the union.

Donations can be sent to: The CF61 Hardship Fund, c/o Larry Lynch, Business Manager, CEP Local 2003, 105-2065 Dundas Street East, Mississauga, Ontario, L4X 2W1

Thank you for reading this story…

More people are reading rabble.ca than ever and unlike many news organizations, we have never put up a paywall – at rabble we’ve always believed in making our reporting and analysis free to all, while striving to make it sustainable as well. Media isn’t free to produce. rabble’s total budget is likely less than what big corporate media spend on photocopying (we kid you not!) and we do not have any major foundation, sponsor or angel investor. Our main supporters are people and organizations -- like you. This is why we need your help. You are what keep us sustainable.

rabble.ca has staked its existence on you. We live or die on community support -- your support! We get hundreds of thousands of visitors and we believe in them. We believe in you. We believe people will put in what they can for the greater good. We call that sustainable.

So what is the easy answer for us? Depend on a community of visitors who care passionately about media that amplifies the voices of people struggling for change and justice. It really is that simple. When the people who visit rabble care enough to contribute a bit then it works for everyone.

And so we’re asking you if you could make a donation, right now, to help us carry forward on our mission. Make a donation today.

Comments

We welcome your comments! rabble.ca embraces a pro-human rights, pro-feminist, anti-racist, queer-positive, anti-imperialist and pro-labour stance, and encourages discussions which develop progressive thought. Our full comment policy can be found here. Learn more about Disqus on rabble.ca and your privacy here. Please keep in mind:

Do

  • Tell the truth and avoid rumours.
  • Add context and background.
  • Report typos and logical fallacies.
  • Be respectful.
  • Respect copyright - link to articles.
  • Stay focused. Bring in-depth commentary to our discussion forum, babble.

Don't

  • Use oppressive/offensive language.
  • Libel or defame.
  • Bully or troll.
  • Post spam.
  • Engage trolls. Flag suspect activity instead.