July 24, 2017
Winnipeg, MB – The Manitoba Federation of Labour (MFL) has voted unanimously to endorse Wab Kinew for leader of the Manitoba NDP. The MFL represents over 100,000 workers in Manitoba.
It is very unusual for the MFL to produce such an endorsement in a leadership campaign. This fact further demonstrates the extent to which the labour movement is uniting behind Wab Kinew as the candidate who will renew and grow the Manitoba NDP, and offer a viable alternative to the mean-spirited cuts of the Pallister government.
The MFL is made up of close to 30 unions from the public sector, private sector and building trades, as well as a dozen local and regional labour councils and coordinating committees. Kinew has already received endorsements from CUPE Manitoba, IBEW Local 2085 and ATU Local 1505. He is the only candidate to receive any formal union endorsements.
“Wab is committed to working in partnership with the labour movement, and advancing priorities like creating good jobs, raising the minimum wage to $15 and protecting fair collective bargaining rights. He’s the leader we need to renew our party and run a strong campaign against Brian Pallister,” said Kevin Rebeck, President of the Manitoba Federation of Labour.
“Working families are counting on our party to mount a strong and effective opposition to Brian Pallister’s agenda of cuts to services and attacks on workers’ rights,” said Jeff Traeger, Treasurer of the Manitoba Federation of Labour and President of UFCW Local 832. “Wab Kinew is the strong leader we need to rebuild the NDP and stand up for working people.”
“Wab has the energy, the vision and the compassion to lead the NDP. He understands the challenges of working families and will unite Manitobans to make a better future for our province,” said Paul McKie, Executive Council Member of the Manitoba Federation of Labour and Manitoba and Saskatchewan Area Director for UNIFOR.
“I am truly honoured to receive the formal endorsement of the MFL,” said Kinew. “And I am energized to continue fighting against Brian Pallister’s attacks on working families. I look forward to standing with the labour movement now and in the years to come as we seek to build a better future for all.”
The Manitoba Federation of Labour is comprised of: ACTE, ACTRA, ATU, Bakery & Confectionery Workers, COPE, CUPE, CUPW, GMP, IAM, IATSE, IBEW, IUOE, IUPAT, MGEU, PIPSC-MAGE, Plumbers & Pipefitters, PSAC, SMW, TCRC, TEAM, UFCW, UMFA, UNIFOR, USW, USW/SMAC, UWFA, WFPSOA, and Workers United.