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IBEW Locals Protest Schedule 17 in Ottawa, Oakville

December 5, 2016
Protest of Schedule 17 Bill 70 in Hamilton on Friday December 2, 2016.

On Friday December 2, two Ontario locals stepped up to keep the momentum going after the Queen’s Park rally on November 30.
Hamilton’s Local 105 organized protests outside the offices of Oakville MPP Kevin Flynn. Ottawa IBEW Local 586 managed to get about 200 people to the offices of John Fraser, MPP for Ottawa South.

“In all my 30 years as a union member as a worker and a union official I have never seen the membership so agitated about a government bill,” said IBEW 586 Business Manager John Bourke. Read the reactions of Local 586 members to Schedule 17 on CBC.
Protest of Schedule 17 Bill 70 in Ottawa on Friday December 2, 2016.
The Ottawa protest drew attention from passersby on busy Bank street. Overall reaction seemed positive from those who learned about the public safety issues.

The protest earned the demonstrators a brief meeting with Fraser’s aide. Meanwhile, Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Navqi had already sent an invitation to representatives from three skilled trades organizations to meet the five Ottawa area MPPs that evening. The MPPs said that they would voice our concerns at caucus on Monday December 5th.

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