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CEP, CAW Unions Plan Friday Rally in Toronto Against Verizon “Takeover”

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The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers (CEP) and the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW), two of the largest unions in Canada plan to rally this Friday in downtown Toronto against a Verizon “takeover”.

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As for the Verizon rally, union presidents had this to say:

“Opposition to allowing Verizon to take over our Telco industry is growing every day,” says CEP President Dave Coles. “The deal will give Verizon the green light to piggyback on technology built by and for Canadians, and put thousands out of work.”

“There is the falsity being circulated right now that allowing Verizon in Canada will automatically lower costs for consumers,” says CAW President Ken Lewenza. “Not only will this not be the case, Canadian jobs are at stake.”

CEP President Dave Coles told the Huffington Post the rally isn’t to defend Rogers, Telus and Bell–but rather standing up for Canadian jobs and security:

“We’re offside with [Bell, Rogers and Telus] on all kinds of issues. We’ve had big strikes. This isn’t an industrial relations issue, this is a nation-building issue. You can be on the same side yet disagree on all number of things, that’s what a democracy is about,”

Cole went on to explain he expects to see 2000 to 3000 people “at least” to show up, to essentially send a message to Ottawa:

“It is to bring attention to the total failure of the Harper Conservatives’ Canadian telecommunications strategy.”

“There’s nothing factual that is coming out of the Conservatives, particularly the prime minister’s office, that has anything related to reality.”

Both unions have formed a new union called Unifor, which aims to “advocate for and defend the rights of working people, in more than 20 economic sectors and in communities across Canada,” and will formally unite at a convention on Saturday, making it the largest private sector union in the country.

Previously, we have seen other unions publicly protest Ottawa’s wireless plans, such as the Telecommunications Workers Union (TWU), representing workers from Shaw and TELUS across Canada. The CEP also previously addressed national security concerns regarding Verizon just over a week ago.

The rally is set to take place at 141 Yonge Street (corner Richmond) on Friday, August 30 at 12:30PM. Who’s going? Who’s not going?

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  • Jake

    I wish I was in Toronto so I could go…. and hold up a sign that said “Keep Telecommunications jobs in Canada… STOP The Big 3 from OUTSOURCING!”

  • Jay

    EXACTLY

  • FragilityG4

    Does anyone listen/care what a union has to say??

  • K3

    1. [unions in Canada plan to rally this Friday in downtown Toronto against a Verizon “takeover”. ]

    Do they receive anything by “rallying” ? Also Verizon capable of a “take over” is a

    interesting new add in or have I missed something?

    2. [ Opposition to allowing Verizon to take over our Telco industry is growing every day ]

    Only by those that are compensated to oppose it, and there’s that take over thing again.

    3. [ built by and for Canadians, and put thousands out of work. ]

    YA Eh we dont share up here so piss off eh- Also did he say he was worried about Canadian jobs, I recall last speaking with allot of accents when calling the current carrier here. ????

    3. [[[[[ There is the falsity being circulated right now that allowing Verizon in Canada will automatically lower costs for consumers ]]]]]

    It’s more of adding one more option to the pool a Canadian consumer can look at to make the best choice suited for themselves.

    4. [ CEP President Dave Coles told the Huffington Post the rally isn’t to defend Rogers, Telus and Bell–but rather standing up for Canadian jobs and security ]

    All accents last time calling carrier……

    5. [ Cole went on to explain he expects to see 2000 to 3000 people “at least” to show up, to essentially send a message to Ottawa: ]

    What are they getting in return or what falsities are they themselves being given.

    6. [ Both unions have formed a new union called Unifor, which aims to “advocate for and defend the rights of working people ]

    For what country and if Canada are these working people born with in our borders or from some far off away place? Also is there a strike pay or any other compensation?

    7. [ The CEP also previously addressed national security concerns regarding Verizon just over a week ago. ]

    A petty last attempt to grab on to anything that will paint Verizon in a negative light much the same as the new use of ” TAKE OVER”. ????

    [ The rally is set to take place at 141 Yonge Street (corner Richmond) on Friday, August 30 at 12:30PM. Who’s going? ]

    Anyone who’s believing the BS from the current carriers or those that are being compensated to do so.

    ????????????

    As said even if Verizon plans are on the same level, already open to switch here based on the show alone that the big three have put on to date. Never realized until now just how much whining was admissible in the business world.

  • Stéphane Lachance

    I might pass by if you guys need a few photos. No promise that I won’t be snickering at them while I take the pictures.

  • Please do if you can! 🙂 send them to tips@iphoneincanada.ca and we’ll check them out 🙂 thx

  • ward09

    I guess these unions feel that good jobs can’t be provided by American companies operating in Canada. Oh except for GM… and Ford… Chrysler too…

    Why are they having g a rally again?

  • Volder

    How much are they paid for that?? Im broke now and want some money too. 😉
    Verizon all the way!

  • hub2

    “You can be on the same side yet disagree on all number of things, that’s what a democracy is about”

    Exactly. And this is why I support the “Harper government” on this issue. Shame on these unions for being so myopic and not considering the big picture.

  • 1His_Nibs1

    I wish I lived in T.O. too but I wouldn’t bring a sign, I’d bring rotten eggs because this has that stench all over it. Unifor huh? Maybe these unions should have formed that back in the early days of the 21st century when offshore outsourcing began to pick up steam. Typical archaic thought process of union bosses…..don’t look forward look to the past. I couldn’t even be bothered to read any of this article. I just read the headline to this post as I’m so done with the big 3 and anyone else they can drum up’s rhetoric.

  • reformcanada

    Unions once again showing their true colours. Competition and free market are their biggest fear of all.

  • prshan

    Verizon’s iPhone 4S, and 5 comes fully UNLOCKED WITH 2 YEAR CONTRACT $199 meaning they don’t pay unlocked fee its FREE

    when they sign up VERIZON 2 year its fully unlocked put PUT SIM anywhere u want but the catch YOU LOCKED to Verizon

    BIG 3 here charges here to UNLOCKED IPHONE after 90days

    BELL $75

    ROGERS $50

    TELUS $35

    VERIZON FREE

    BIG 3 is ripping us now

    Verizon has 2 upper hand against BIG 3

    NORTH AMERICAN roaming PLAN

    Unlocked iPhone

  • Russell

    That is so true. lol

  • The big three can’t even compete with some of the lower tier American telcos like AT&T or Time Warner. Verizon is the best thing with the most to offer and their service is and customer support is outstanding – I speak from
    experience, check your facts people.

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