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The Canadian Auto Workers union has launched the Save Our Severance campaign. As the economic crisis continues to take its toll on workers, far too many of them experience the double shock of losing their job and having to fight their employer to regain unpaid wages, severance and other separation monies owed.
This practice, which is becoming startlingly common, is absolutely unjust. As we speak, workers are protesting at two auto parts facilities in Windsor to take back severance owed since their employer has refused to pay. Similar scenarios have played out in other communities as well, as plants have closed and employers attempted to run away from their responsibility to workers.
In response, we are calling on Ontario Labour Minister Peter Fonseca and the Ontario government to establish a provincial wage earner protection program, to help laid-off workers who are left vulnerable to this practice.
The McGuinty government has already acknowledged that more needs to be done to help workers. The March 26 budget is a perfect opportunity for them to live up to their commitments.
Time is of the essence, so please ACT NOW! Here’s what you can do now:
Visit the CAW Save Our Severance campaign site: http://www.caw.ca/en/7102.htm
Information on this issue is available for download, with more to come.
Send a letter to Minster Fonseca, Premier McGuinty and your local MPP encouraging them to take immediate action to establish a provincial wage earner protection program: http://petition.web.net/caw/node/5
Join us for a series of demonstrations and rallies on March 23, 24 & 25 in the lead-up to the budget. Information will be made available on our website, so please check it regularly for an action near you.