• 2016 Post-Secondary Education Scholarships

    Do you have a child or grand-child attending a post-secondary school this Fall? Could they use $500 to defray the costs of their education? Help them apply for the Waterloo Regional Labour Council's Scholarship!

    We give away two $500 scholarships each year: one for university students and one for college students.

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  • Sombre crowd at Day of Mourning Ceremony

    A sombre crowd gathered at the Workers' Memorial on Thursday, April 28 to remember workers killed on the job. 
    Many of the same faces have been marking this date together for years. In a small sign of hope for better days, the crowd grows each year. Today, it includes politicians from every party and every level of government. This is new. Maybe it means the message of safety is gaining traction. Maybe it means protections for people at work are becoming a higher priority. 
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  • Labour Council Proposals for Reforming EI

    Cambridge MP Bryan May is chairing a House of Commons Committee which is conducting a study of Canada's Employment Insurance (EI) program. It asked for Canadians to submit its opinions on EI by March 23, 2016. The Waterloo Regional Labour Council's Political Action Committee Chair Lorne Bruce, in concert with Vice President Mark Cairns, wrote a submission for the Committee's consideration.

    "In Waterloo Region there are currently approximately 17,400 unemployed while only around 4,800 are receiving EI benefits," the brief opens. "That’s only 27% of unemployed people receiving benefits here in Waterloo Region. Along with the rest of the country we need to see a change to EI that will benefit all those entitled to their benefits not currently receiving them."

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  • Our Take on the Federal Budget

    Federal Budget 2016: First steps towards
    a fairer and more prosperous Canada

    For immediate release March 22, 2016, 7pm

    Kitchener – The Waterloo Regional Labour Council responded to today’s federal budget announcement with optimism, saying it begins the important work of reinvesting in Canadian communities, creating jobs, addressing children’s and seniors’ poverty, and repairing the programs and services Canadians rely on.

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  • Help Defend Good Jobs at WLU

    Tweet telling people to email WLU PresidentGood day members and friends –

    I am writing to you about CUPE Local 926 which has 68 custodians. Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) wants to contract out their work.

    Please go to www.stopcontractingout.ca and click on “send a message” and put your name in and it will send a message to the President of the University, Dr. Max Blouw.

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  • Solidarity at International Women's Day Luncheon

    March 8 is International Women’s Day: a day to celebrate how much women have accomplished and to remind us that there is still much work to be done to achieve gender equality.

    Women's Committee members with MPP Catherine Fife
    MPP Catherine Fife with WRLC Women's Committee members

    Saturday, March 5, 2016 marked the 3rd annual Women’s Day Luncheon sponsored by the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) and the Women’s Committee of the Waterloo Regional Labour Council. Held at the Unifor Union Hall in Kitchener, this luncheon was attended by over 200 women. Keynote speakers were Jean Walters of Unifor and Kitchener-Waterloo MPP Catherine Fife. All proceeds from the luncheon were donated to Anselma House, Haven House, and Mary’s Place in Kitchener-Waterloo.

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  • Temp Job Posting: United Way-Labour representative

    The United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo and Area is hiring a temporary "Resource Mobilization Associate - Labour" for a four-month contract. The person in this position plays an important role in working with unions and union members during the annual United Way campaign, and provides a Labour movement perspective to United Way’s work throughout the year. The application deadline is Friday, March 4, 2016.

    For full details, see our job posting.

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  • Refute False Claims about Refugees

    Have you heard rumours that refugees in Canada receive greater assistance from the government than pensioners? This is an urban myth with devastating and racist consequences. Sending on this email spreads false rumours, hurting people who have already suffered in their home countries. Let’s offer them a better welcome to Canada than unfounded stigmas and prejudices.

    The myth that refugees make more money than seniors is false

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  • 2015 Labour Activism in Waterloo Region

    2015 was a busy and successful year in labour activism in Waterloo Region. Our Labour Council, representing 35 unions and 26,000 members, led solidarity actions for unions in tough bargaining situations, mobilized members to participate in the federal election, led advocacy efforts at municipal councils, and much more.

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  • Stand with CUPE 926 Against Contracting Out

    Hundreds rallied in support of unionized custodians, groundskeepers, and tradespeople at Wilfrid Laurier University on December 3rd, to declare their solidarity in the fight against contracting out.

    WLU administration is determined to save money by phasing out its unionized custodial staff and bringing in contracted workers who earn $13/hour with no pensions or benefits. Already, WLU has laid off custodians unionized with CUPE 926 as it closes buildings for renovations, and then used loopholes in its agreement with the union to contract out work in newly constructed buildings on the same site. While the union continues to fight these tactics by taking grievances to arbitration, the university is determined to make this practice the new norm by demanding at the bargaining table that language protecting unionized jobs be taken out of the Collective Agreement.

    The stand-off seems destined for a strike or lockout early in the new year, and CUPE 926 members are going to need our support and solidarity.

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