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Union members from across Ontario turned out Nov. 27 to tell Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty they’re fed up with broken promises and threats to their livelihoods.

CUPE hospital workers were very much in evidence, in part a reaction to health minister George Smitherman’s quip about hospital cleaners being overpaid.

“I promise you, we will never let what happened in British Columbia happen here,” CUPE Ontario President Sid Ryan said to cheers from the crowd.

Ryan also criticized the Liberals’ proposed labour law reforms, which would return card-based certification only to construction unions, a sector that supported the Liberal party in the last provincial election.