“I promise to fight and advocate for the people of Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Fort Erie the same way I have advocated for them over the last six years (as a teacher, community activist and vice-president of the Elementary Teachers Association of Ontario Niagara).” – Federal NDP candidate Brian Barker
News from the Campaign to Elect Brian Barker, the federal NDP candidate in the Niagara Falls Riding
Posted May 28th, 2019 on Niagara At Large
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NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario –Brian Barker, the NDP’s candidate for the Niagara Falls Riding in the 2019 federal election, has been endorsed by two labour organizations, ETFO Niagara and Workers United.
Barker was endorsed by Workers United, the union representing striking workers at the Rainforest Café, on Tuesday, May 14th, the day after Barker received his party’s nomination. Workers United represents 10,000 workers across Canada, and 100,000 more across the United States in various sectors.
“Workers United Canada Council is proud to endorse Brian Barker, federal NDP candidate for the riding of Niagara Falls”, the union said in a statement over social media on the 14th.
“Brian is a teacher, a dedicated trade unionist, and major supporter of the Rainforest Cafe workers on strike.”
Barker was endorsed by ETFO Niagara on Thursday, May 23rd at the Annual Meeting of the local. Barker was endorsed in a motion from his colleagues that passed unanimously by all members present from the floor. The Elementary Teacher’s Federation of Ontario represents 83,000 workers across the province; ETFO Niagara represents 1,600 teachers and 31,000 students in the Niagara region.
“I am thrilled to have the endorsement of Workers United”, Barker said. “I strongly support striking workers at the Rainforest Café, and have been happy to stand with them on their picket line on multiple occasions. Let’s get the employer back to the bargaining table and get a fair deal for these workers.”
“Also, I am so humbled by the support of my teaching colleagues [at ETFO], and I promise to fight and advocate for the people of Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Fort Erie the same way I have advocated for them over the last six years”, Barker said.
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