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    Waterloo Region Labour Canvass-Oct 6


    Join us for a rewarding day helping to be a part of Change in Waterloo Region!

    We will meet at the Unifor Hall for 430, and enjoy an inspiring message from Hassan Yussuff, CLC President. Then we will all join Hassan and other Labour Leaders as we head out to the streets to knock on doors to help get some great people elected to Federal Government!

    We will be canvassing polls in:

    -Kitchener Centre in support of Susan Cadell, NDP Candidate

    -Kitchener South Hespeler in support of Lorne Bruce, NDP Candidate

    Wear comfortable shoes, and come prepared to have a great time!

    October 06, 2015 at 4:30pm
    Unifor Hall
    600 Wabanaki Dr
    Kitchener, ON N2C 1J1
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    A report prepared for Regional Council by KPMG is recommending that the municipality close five unionized, high-quality child care centres that it manages, and use the same money to create more child care spaces, presumably by paying people less and offering lower-quality care. The report also recommends discontinuing the delivery of Employment Ontario services through the Region, sharing IT services with other area municipalities, and more.

    CUPE 1883, the union representing the affected childcare and employment workers, is distributing a petition urging Councillors to reject the recommendations. They are asking residents to complete the petitions and return them by next Monday, September 28th.

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  • Labour Council Endorses NDP in Federal Election

    At its August membership meeting, the Waterloo Regional Labour Council voted unanimously to approve a motion to encourage members of all unions affiliated with the Council to actively support the NDP in this federal election. We have seen that the NDP’s positions on things like the minimum wage, child care, and retirement security echo the issues labour has been fighting for for years in this country.

    Labour activists with 5 Waterloo Region NDP candidates
    union activists ready to canvass with NDP candidates September 12th
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  • Labour Day Picnic Attracts Thousands

    crowds of people at the BBQThe largest Labour Day picnic crowd in recent memory turned out on a hot and sunny day in Waterloo Park on September 7th.

    "I've been coming to the Labour Council's Labour Day picnics for over twenty years," said former Labour Council President Len Carter, "and I've never seen a crowd like that!"

    A decision to offer food and drinks for free as a symbol of how Labour Feeds the Community likely was a big factor in the large crowds. Also helpful was the early promotion of the event through social media (the Facebook event was viewed 13,000 times!), which led to mainstream media coverage including the Top 5 Things to Do this Weekend on CBC-KW.

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  • $15 & Fairness Focus at Labour Day Picnic

    Labour Council activists with $15 and Fairness table

    $15 and Fairness activists worked the huge crowds at this year's Labour Day picnic and filled up dozens of sheets of petitions for the campaign. Pictured above are Jordan Ellis, Karen Maleka (SEIU 1), Karen McKeown (Unifor 4304), David Eales (Unifor 1106), and Gary McKeown (Unifor 4304).

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  • Health & Safety Award Nominations Open

    Each year the Workers' Health and Safety Centre, in conjunction with the Waterloo Regional Labour Council, presents a plaque to a health and safety activist who has been nominated by their Local Union and selected by the Labour Council. Nominations are now open!

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  • Waterloo Region's Union Advantage

    Waterloo Region's Union Advantage

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  • Labour Council Engages with Changing Workplaces Review

    Waterloo Regional Labour Council President Marc Xuereb was among many local residents presenting to the Ontario government's Changing Workplaces Review last week in Guelph.

    He raised the demands of the $15 and Fairness campaign, which is calling for sweeping changes to the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act as a way to address the growing phenomenon of exploitative workplace practices in low-paid, part-time, contract, and temporary jobs.

    Waterloo Region $15 and Fairness advocates at Guelph hearing 
    Waterloo Region $15 and Fairness advocates Jesse Bauman,
    Karen Maleka, Marc Xuereb, David Eales, and Jordan Ellis

    Accompanying Xuereb to Guelph were several other advocates for the $15 and Fairness campaign. Jesse Bauman works for the House of Friendship Emergency Food Hampers program, where one out of five emergency food recipients are employed. Karen Maleka is a home care worker and SEIU 1 activist who, along with hundreds of co-workers, works full-time hours but is classified as part-time so has trouble qualifying for a mortgage. David Eales, of Unifor 1106, represents personal support workers in health care facilities who are often employed in more than one part-time job with the same company at different locations. Jordan Ellis has worked at over 50 jobs in four years through a number of temp agencies: he's lost jobs for taking a sick day. WLUFA President Michele Kramer represents contract faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University who can work for years on contract earning slightly above minimum wage for the same teaching work done by their well-paid full-time peers.

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  • Hundreds Gather for Day of Mourning in Cambridge

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    Labour Council Health & Safety Committee Chair Darlene Wilson hosted the event, and spoke forcefully of the need to strengthen federal and provincial health and safety laws: "There continues to be a serious lack of commitment on behalf of governments at the provincial and especially at the federal level to enforce health and safety protections that we have fought so hard for, such as the right to refuse unsafe work."

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