Unions fear attack on jobs will undermine economy, throw seniors into poverty
Labour leaders from across Alberta will be keeping a close eye on the federal budget today to assess the impact it will have on working families in the province.
"The federal government has an opportunity today to make the Canadian economy stronger and to make it work for average Canadians," says Gil McGowan, president of the Alberta Federation of Labour (AFL), which represents 145,000 workers.
"This budget could be used to help create good jobs – the kind of jobs that support families. We fear, however, that the Harper government will do the opposite and destroy jobs, which will weaken an economy they have described as fragile," he says.
"We also fear that the budget will undermine the retirement security of Canadians by cutting back on Old Age Security benefits to seniors, which risks throwing more elderly citizens into poverty."
Budget Watch 2012 events will be held in Edmonton, Calgary and Red Deer this afternoon. McGowan will be among labour leaders at the Edmonton event and will be available for comment. Other labour leaders will be available at the Calgary and Red Deer events.
- BUDGET WATCH 2012, EDMONTON
LOCATION: CUPE 474 Meeting Hall, 10989 – 124 Street, Edmonton.
- BUDGET WATCH 2012, CALGARY
LOCATION: Greenwood Inn, 3515 – 26 Street N.E., Calgary.
- BUDGET WATCH 2012, RED DEER
TIME: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
LOCATION: Unit 4, 7464 – 50 Avenue, Red Deer.
Gil McGowan, AFL president, 780-218-9888
Amanda Freistadt, CLC Prairie Representative, 780-904-0517