• A Union Member Perspective on Education Sector Bargaining

    This article by Guelph ETFO member Doug Cook appeared in the Waterloo Region Record on October 29, 2015.

    Premier Wynne and Education Minister Liz Sandals 

     Premier Wynne and Education Minister Liz Sandals

    Ontario Premiere Kathleen Wynne announced an income penalty for education workers who continue to participate in a legal strike action following Nov. 1. Behind her stood Education Minister and Guelph MPP Liz Sandals, face scowling.

    Apparently Sandals is well aware of her gross failure on the education file. Sandals succeeded Laurel Broten as education minister in 2013. Broten had severely botched teacher negotiations when she introduced the infamous Bill 115. She then left Ontario politics. It's time for Sandals to follow Broten.

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  • CUPE Commends Region for Investing in Public Services

    The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), representing front-line Waterloo public services workers, commends the Region of Waterloo for refusing to accept recommendations made by an outside consultant firm and, instead, voted last night to save and invest in child care and employment services provided to Waterloo residents by the Region of Waterloo workers represented by CUPE 1883.

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  • Featured event

    Health & Safety Dinner 2015

    event flyerThe Waterloo Regional and Guelph & District Labour Councils,
    in conjunction with the Workers Health and Safety Centre, present:

    An Evening to Honour those Committed to
    Workplace Health & Safety

    Opening Remarks 6:00 pm., Dinner 6:30 pm.
    Cost: $31.00 per person

    To register, send the completed registration form with payment to: Waterloo Regional Labour Council, 203-120 Ottawa St. N., Kitchener, ON N2H 3K5, Attention: Ed Weidinger

    Make Cheques Payable to the Waterloo Regional Labour Council

    Registrations must be received prior to November 9, 2015.

    For more information call Ed Weidinger: 519-743-8301 or Susan Daub: 519-501-5227

    Don't forget to nominate someone for our Health & Safety Award! Use our nomination form. Nominations are due October 30, 2015.

    November 18, 2015 at 6pm
    Puslinch Community Centre
    23 Old Brock Rd S
    Guelph, ON N1H 6H9
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  • Regional Councillors: Please Refuse KPMG Recommendations

    Dear Councillor,

    I am writing to you today to ask you to vote against two of KPMG’s recommendations to Regional Council at your meeting on Wednesday night.

    The two recommendations that are of most concern to the Waterloo Regional Labour Council are 1) to close the Region's five childcare centres and 2) to not renew the contract with Employment Ontario. Both proposals would result in the loss of good-paying union jobs and result in poorer public service. Please take pride in KPMG's overall conclusion that the Region is a well-run organization with no low-hanging fruit for savings or efficiencies, and reject these two recommendations that contradict our community's values.

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  • Refuse KPMG Recommendation to Cancel EO Contract

    On September 15th, 2015, KPMG presented a report to Regional Council as part of its Service Review. One of KPMG’s five main recommendations was that the Region of Waterloo cancel its Employment Ontario (EO) services as of March 31, 2016 by not renewing its contract with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU).

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  • Federal Minimum Wage Necessary

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  • KPMG Recommends Region Close 5 Child Care Centres

    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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