The lives of almost one million Canadian workers will be placed in danger as a result of cynical amendments that the Conservative government is making to the Canada Labour Code. Buried deep in the government's latest budget bill tabled on October 22 are amendments to the health and safety provisions of the Code that have nothing to do with balancing the budget, and everything to do with putting workers' lives at risk. Watch this video to learn more on how you can help stop this.
Time is running out to register members of your union Local for our annual Health & Safety Dinner!
Thursday, November 21, 6:30pm
Cambridge Newfoundland Club
You won't want to miss this opportunity to celebrate the achievements of union members in keeping their workplaces safe. Consider sending all your members who serve on your workplace health and safety committees as a reward for their dedication: at $31, this is a cost-effective way to say thank-you to your member-volunteers.
Attendees will meet fellow health & safety activists from other unions in Waterloo Region and Guelph, and be treated to an address by CUPE Health & Safety representative Blain Morin.
Click here for our registration form.
The Labour Council lost a tremendous activist when Jade Campbell passed away on October 3rd.
Sister Jade was President of SEIU Local 1, which represents over 400 employees at Cambridge Memorial Hospital. She worked at the hospital for over 35 years, and became an activist with the Waterloo Region Chapter of the Ontario Health Coalition.
This week, The Record ran a wonderful tribute to Jade. Below is an excerpt, followed by a link to the full article.
"She had a strong sense of justice, helping the underdog right the wrong," said longtime friend Sherry Carpenter. "She'd take up the cause if somebody needed something."
Sherry added that her friend had a special gift for getting her way, without humiliating or belittling the person she was negotiating with. Even after she was able to retire, Jade refused.
"As long as there was work to be done, she would be there," said Sherry. "She was passionate about what she did."
The Waterloo Regional Labour Council needs to appoint a representative to the Region of Waterloo's Employment and Income Support Community Advisory Committee (EISCAC).
The EISCAC meets every other month (usually on Friday mornings) to provide advice to Regional staff and Council on employment and income support programs like Ontario Works and employment centres.
You can read the full description of the EISCAC's mandate in its Terms of Reference.
If you are interested in being the Labour Council's representative to EISCAC, please submit an expression of interest to Labour Council President Marc Xuereb by 4:30pm on Friday, November 15, 2013. The representative must be a member of a union affiliated to the Waterloo Regional Labour Council. In your expression of interest, please describe:
- your interest, and/or experience in dealing with the Region's income and employment support programs;
- Labour's interest in shaping the delivery of these programs and in understanding issues with their delivery;
- how you will provide reports to the Labour Council's membership on the meetings.
If you have any further questions, feel free to contact Labour Council President Marc Xuereb.
At least eight youth from Waterloo Region are planning to attend a conference in Ecuador in December to talk about the global challenges to labour and plan for international solidarity.
The World Festival of Youth and Students is taking place in Quito, Ecuador, from December 7-13, 2013. Local delegates Drew Garvie and Peter Miller presented to the October meeting of the Waterloo Regional Labour Council, and asked delegates to consider sponsoring youth to attend the Festival or to send young workers from their own Local.
The Labour Council is making a donation to the Festival, and encourages all union Locals to do the same.
Below please find the letter to the Labour Council from the Guelph-Kitchener Preparatory Committee for the Festival, as well as a newsletter of the Pan-Canadian Preparatory Committee.
Labour Council delegates heard a passionate plea from the Chair of the Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter of KidSport at our October membership meeting.
John Cooper, a recently-retired member of CUPE Local 791, has worked to increase access to sports and recreation for his entire career. Now that he has left full-time employment, he works to promote KidSport, a charity which helps families pay for their children to participate in organized sports and recreation programs.
He pointed out that children from low-income families are far less likely to participate in organized sports due to the cost. KidSport grants support over 60,000 children and youth each year to participate.
Consider having your union Local make a donation to KidSport!
Each year the WHSC, 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. The criteria for this award is as follows:
The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) Task Force on Labour Councils has released its report on how to revitalize Labour Councils across the country.
The Task Force was created at the 2011 CLC Convention with a mandate to examine the structures of Labour Councils and figure out ways to improve them. CUPE National President Paul Moist chaired the Task Force. Over 50 labour leaders attended a consultation held by the Task Force in Cambridge in April 2013.
You can read the full report below.
Kitchener, ON, October 2, 2013 – The local labour movement lost a great leader yesterday. Orville Thacker joined his first union in 1949 and was still an active leader of several labour and political organizations until yesterday, when he died at age 81.
The Waterloo Regional Labour Council will feel his loss deeply. Many tears were shed at last night’s meeting of the Labour Council’s Executive, where Thacker was an active member, representing the Waterloo Regional Council of Union Retirees.Read more
Phoebe Miller and Carina Rampelt are the winners of the Waterloo Regional Labour Council's post-secondary scholarships for 2013. Education Committee Chair Steve Sachs and President Marc Xuereb presented the $500 awards to the two young women at our membership meeting September 10th.
All applicants for the scholarship had to write an essay on unions as champions of fairness and why young people need unions.