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MARCH 26, 2007 – 09:22 ET

WHISTLEBLOWER’S EVIDENCE ON AGENDA AT HISTORIC FARM TRIBUNAL TUESDAY

Manager’s evidence supports charges longtime Canadian workers at Ontario factory farm operation were fired for union activities and replaced by temporary workers from Asia

Attention: Agriculture Editor, Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor

WINDSOR, ON – ATTN: ASSIGNMENT FOR TUES. MARCH 27–(CCNMatthews – March 26, 2007) –
WHISTLEBLOWER’S EVIDENCE ON AGENDA AT HISTORIC AEPA FARM TRIBUNAL— TUESDAY, MARCH 27TH @ 9A.M. — WINDSOR, ONTARIO

The first-ever action under Ontario’s Agricultural Employees Protection Act (AEPA) resumes in Windsor, Ontario on Tuesday, March 28th when a tribunal begins to sort out evidence into charges that four longtime Canadian workers at a multi-million dollar mushroom cultivation factory farm were fired for being union sympathizers and replaced by temporary workers brought over from Asia.

That evidence includes a detailed “whistleblower” affidavit from a former manager at the factory farm that supports the victims’ testimony.

The four workers were fired in June 2006. They had been involved in a 2003 union organizing campaign at Rol-Land Farms in Kingsville, Ontario where a large majority of the workers voted to create a union, in spite of Ontario law which prohibits unions for agricultural workers. Instead, Ontario agricultural workers can only voice their workplace concerns under the Agricultural Employees Protection Act (AEPA) which to date has never been tested nor asked to render a judgment.

This first-ever AEPA hearing commenced in November 2006, for a just single day of pre-hearing motions, including a successful motion to continue the hearings in the Windsor hometown of the fired workers.

THE AEPA TRIBUNAL RESUMES—- THIS TUESDAY, MARCH 27TH AT 9 A.M. AT THE MACKENZIE HALL, COURT AUDITORIUM IN WINDSOR, ONTARIO— REOPENING THE CONTROVERSY REGARDING THE RIGHTS (OR LACK OF THEM) FOR ONTARIO’S 100,000 AGRICULTURAL WORKERS.

THE FIRED CANADIAN WORKERS ALONG WITH LEGAL COUNSEL JOHN EVANS WILL BE AT THE HEARINGS AND AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW.

Open to the public and the media:

WHAT:
AEPA Tribunal resumes

WHEN:
Tuesday, March 27, 2007 @ 9:00 a.m.

WHERE:
Mackenzie Hall, Court Auditorium
3277 Sandwich Street
Windsor, Ontario N9C 1A9
519-255-7600

CONTACT:

Stan Raper, UFCW Canada Agricultural Workers Program
416.674.8218 office
416.523-0937 cell

Michael Forman, UFCW Canada Communications
416-675-1104 office
416-579-8330 cell

John Evans, Lawyer
905-331-7555 office

Link Here

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