Rallying cry: “Learn from Walkerton – Rebuild public services”
TORONTO, March 23– More than 2,000 union members rallied Saturday in a downtown square across from the Convention Centre where the Tories were electing their new leader.
The crowd was bolstered by about 1,500 OPSEU members who travelled to Toronto by bus from as far away as Sarnia, Smiths Falls, Sudbury and points in between.
The OPSEU members marched to the rally, led by President Leah Casselman and Marg Simmons, chair of the OPS Central Bargaining Team. The march began about six blocks away and headed downtown on King Street before joining other Ontario Federation of Labour unions at Simcoe Park.
“Our members do not work for the Tory party, they work for the public of Ontario,” Casselman told the rally. “This is something that the new Premier must remember.”
The rally, hosted by OFL President Wayne Samuelson, featured guest speakers representing people affected by the Tory policies, including the Concerned Citizens of Walkerton, the family of Dudley George, and the Ontario Coalition for Social Justice.