Toronto, March 23, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The United Steelworkers’ Union (USW) has congratulated NDP leader Jagmeet Singh for his leadership in leading to huge benefits for workers in the historic trust and supply agreement.
The deal will be the largest expansion in universal health care in a generation.
USW national director Marty Warren said, “It’s a victory for the NDP. For the Liberals to agree to bring in anti-scab legislation, dental care and pharmacare—the liberals have voted repeatedly—is a big deal. ” ,
The historic trust and supply agreement is the result of consistent, strategic action by Jagmeet Singh and the NDP to deliver results for the people, including workers and unions.
The deal includes:
The earliest in 2022 is to act on 10 days of paid sick leave (federal), which has been passed into law but the Liberals have so far failed to enforce.
Anti-scab laws for federally regulated industries by the end of 2023, which include both lockouts and strikes, are a significant victory for workers and unions.
Pharmacare with substantial steps towards universal pharmacare that will reduce drug costs for all Canadians
Dental care for low-income people starting with those under the age of 12 in 2022.
The Elementary Education and Child Care Act will be introduced in 2022 to ensure affordable child care agreements are in law and protect long-term funding for nonprofits and public spaces to ensure working families have access to Have access to high quality affordable child care.
The deal specifically refers to working with unions on the Just Transition Act so that workers and communities are not left behind.
The deal commits to taking concrete action on Indigenous reconciliation, including new investments in Indigenous housing in 2022, expediting the implementation of the federal route to address missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people, and supporting Indigenous communities To the former residential school site for the work of burial discoveries.
“It is clear that the Liberal government in Ottawa would not have fulfilled these commitments without pressure from the NDP. This deal is a democracy in action. It is the NDP that is the minority parliament that needs the help of the people,” Warren said.
There is so much more. The deal includes an urgently increased health funding and a Secure Long-Term Care Act to ensure seniors get the care they deserve.
“Unions and activists have been pushing for anti-scab legislation and pharmacare for decades. The pandemic has highlighted how important it is for workers to have access to permanent paid sick days,” Warren said.
“The NDP has made it clear that this is not the end, it is the beginning. For this deal to work, the NDP will have to keep the pressure on the Liberal government,” Warren said.
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Marty Warren, USW National Director, 416-544-5951
Kim Hume, USW Communications, 416-544-6002, [email protected]