After hearing from all three byelection candidates, Sault workers who are members of United Steelworkers 2251 voted to support NDP candidate Joe Krmpotich in the upcoming Sault Ste. Marie by-election.
Krmpotich said he was humbled and grateful for the support.
Krmpotich, a third-generation steelworker himself, spoke with the group on issues that really matter to Sault families like jobs for young people, the cost of hydro, and improving health care in the Sault — particularly wait times.
“I’ve been standing up for the Sault all my life, and to see young people leaving our city in droves really troubles me,” said Krmpotich. “I want more jobs and opportunities to allow our young people to stay here and grow their families. They need a good job that pays a decent wage and a pension.”
United Steelworkers 2251 hosted two debates on Tuesday and pensions security was a top topic of discussion.
“If you work hard your entire life you should be able to count on your pension to be there for you when you retire,” said Krmpotich. “Retirees can rest assured that I’m going to fight to ensure pensions are top of mind when companies are in turmoil.”