Labour Community Coming Together To Support One Of Its Own

Release Date: 
May 26, 2009

OTTAWA – Organized labour and others are coming together at noon today to show their solidarity with the 24 employees of Cision Canada (formerly Bowdens Media Monitoring) members of CAW Local 567 who have been on strike since May 5, 2009.

“This is an employer who continues to profit yet expects employees of the firm to make major concessions”, said Harry Ghadban in reference to Cision a media monitoring service, “Their demands are absolutely ridiculous”, Ghadban added.

A picket line has been set up outside the company’s offices located at 1 Nicholas Street Monday through Friday from approximately 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM since the strike began.

The president of one of the city’s largest health care unions, Bruce Waller of CUPE 4000, stated, “It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a company so blatantly disrespect its workers. We’ll be there to show our support for these men and women.”

Hugh McGoldrick with the Public Service Alliance of Canada echoed Mr. Waller’s comments, “It’s the kind of thing that leaves you with a bad taste.”

Today’s rally gets underway at 12:00pm at 1 Nicholas (corner of Besserer and across from the Rideau Centre) and will include music and a BBQ.

The Ottawa and District Labour Council (ODLC) has been the voice of working people in the Ottawa area since 1872. The ODLC currently represents 90 local unions with a combined membership of close to 45,000 working men and women and is the largest democratic and popular organization in the Ottawa area.

Sean McKenny (613) 862-5150
Ottawa & District Labour Council (613) 233 7820