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May 5, 2017

Maloney asks Trudeau, MPs for help to save jobs

Boilermakers IVP Joe Maloney has asked for meetings with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, International Trade Minister François-Philippe Champagne and every Member of Parliament in an effort to protect Canadian skilled-trades jobs from both the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Europe and the proposed trade deal with China that is now under discussion.

Maloney said he wants to protect Boilermakers from trade deals that would "allow companies from foreign countries to import entire workforces to build and maintain industrial projects."

"Such provisions could spell disaster for many thousands of Canadians who work in our energy and construction industries, specifically those who, like the members of my own union, build and maintain these strategic facilities," Maloney said in his letter to Trudeau and Champagne.

"We believe it is most definitely in the public interest to protect Canadian workers from unfair competition and ensure that strategic industrial facilities are built by Canadians," he said in the letter. "Examples of these facilities include, but are not limited to, liquefied natural gas plants, oil sands installations, nuclear power generation facilities, refineries, chemical plants and pipelines.

"In the interests of safety alone, experience has shown that there are potentially serious problems with using foreign workforces to build these facilities. These problems affect not only the project personnel, but also nearby communities.

"Economically, these projects inject billions of dollars into the Canadian economy through the wages and salaries of hundreds of thousands of workers," he said.

Maloney also asked for help in letters to Conservative Interim Leader Rona Ambrose and NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair.

In his letters to MPs, Maloney asked for meetings at their local constituency office, where they could meet with Boilermakers from their areas who would be affected by the trade provisions.

Maloney has also been warning of the danger to jobs from the trade deals in the national media, with articles appearing in several newspapers in Vancouver, Ottawa and St. John's over the past month.

Boilermakers representatives are part of a labour delegation that is meeting with officials from the trade ministry on May 19 in Ottawa, where they will also make their case for protecting our jobs.