(KINGSTON) The Kingston & District will hold a media conference on the steps of the new arena prior to its official opening to discuss problems with the arena operator and to support picketing workers. The media conference will include a number of speakers on hand to support local workers, members of International Alliance of Theatre and Stage Employees (IATSE), Local 471 who will not get a chance to bid or work locally on events in the building.
Some Kingston City Councilors have been invited to speak as well as Smokey Thomas, president of OPSEU and representatives of the union. The labour council met last week with IATSE, City of Kingston and Arcturus representatives. Debi Wells, president of the Labour Council said," I believes that this was not an unavoidable situation, nor is it unlivable. Arcturus did not allow IATSE to put in a bid for the contract and they are unwilling to do anything to reverse that decision."
"Bringing workers in from around the province is exactly what should not be happening at our entertainment centre" Wells included. Kingston was told that the economic spin-off from the entertainment centre would be considerable so the prospect of work for local qualified professional workers would be a part of the benefit of the new arena.
WHAT: Press Conference and speakers.
WHEN: Friday February 22 at 11:00 A.M.
WHERE: Outside the main entrance to the entertainment centre.
The Kingston & District Labour Council represents over 40 member local unions in the Kingston region with a membership totaling almost 10,00n workers. The labour council is active in employment, municipal, provincial and social issues