• Federal Conservatives playing politics with our most basic democratic right

    Bill C-23, the inaptly named Fair Elections Act, is the most recent of a series of concerning bills at the federal level.  It is set to become law in Canada, despite the overwhelming public outcry against it.

    [to learn more about this issue, RSVP for the event co-sponsored by Labour Council on April 23rd in Waterloo]

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  • ~300 Attend All-Union #StopHudak Meeting

    About 300 union members from 22 different unions attended an urgent meeting at The Aud in Kitchener on April 7th to discuss how to mobilize to #StopHudak.

    OFL President Sid Ryan and Toronto Labour Council staffer Rob Fairley enumerated the specific proposals Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak that would unions and all working people in Ontario. In small groups, union members discussed how these proposals will affect them, and how to educate their colleagues about them.

    Sid Ryan at The AudClick on the photo above for a link to several photos from the event on Facebook.


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  • Toyota Workers Should Unionize

    This article was published in the Waterloo Region Record on April 5, 2014

    David Zalubowski, Associated Press

    Toyota workers would make the company a better employer by voting for a union

    Thousands of Toyota employees — members of the "Toyota team" — have signed cards asking Unifor to be their union and act as their collective voice on workplace issues.

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  • Day of Mourning Waterloo 2014

    Waterloo Regional Labour Council

    invite you to join them

     Monday, April 28, 2014,10:25 a.m.

    Waterloo City Hall, 100 Regina St. S., Waterloo

    To RSVP click here

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  • Full-time Work Should Lift You Out of Poverty

    Labour Council President Marc Xuereb had this column published in The Record on March 7, 2014. See original at http://www.therecord.com/opinion-story/4399344-set-ontario-s-minimum-wage-even-higher-to-reduce-poverty/.

    On January 30th, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced her government’s intention to raise the minimum wage to $11/hour and index it to inflation. While this is a step in the right direction, I know that our prosperous province can do better.

    Even the NDP’s proposal, announced just last week, to raise the minimum wage to $12/hour by 2016, will leave people working full-time at the minimum wage at 12% below the Statistics Canada Low Income Measure.

    There is a reason that the Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage set $14/hour as its target. A person making $14/hour full-time lives 10% above the poverty line. Isn’t it a reasonable proposal that if you work full-time, you should not have to live in poverty?

    The Ontario labour movement certainly thinks so.

    The Waterloo Regional Labour Council was approached by two local anti-poverty groups last fall to ask for our support for the campaign. The Labour Council delegates – representing unions with a collective membership of 26,000 workers in Waterloo Region – voted unanimously to endorse it and to contribute financially to the campaign.

    I was very proud of this decision, because it showed that unions care about more than just the welfare of our own members. Almost no unionized workers make less than $14/hour, yet the union movement has spent significant resources to draw attention to this issue.

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  • First IWD Brunch a Success!

    three photos from the IWD Brunch

    Over 160 people attended the Waterloo Regional Labour Council's first annual International Women's Day Brunch on March 1, 2014. Click on the photos above for a link to over 100 photos from the event.

    The brunch was organized by the Labour Council's Women's Committee, and raised over $4,600. All the proceeds will be donated to three local women's shelters - Anselma House, Mary's Place, and Haven House.

    We're already looking forward to next year!

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  • The One Minute Message Contest is Back!






    One Minute to Tell the World

    • how unions stand up for fairness;
    • how unions deliver good jobs and better lives;
    • how unions work for a better deal for everyone.

    What does "Fairness Works" mean for you, your family and your community?

    After 2 successful years of our One Minute Message Video Contest, we bring you the 2014 contest. The theme this year is ‘Fairness Works’. We are offering $2000.00 to the first place winner and can’t wait to see what creative delights you turn out this year. Last year's entries were the best we have had so far, so the bar is high.

    Visit the CLC's contest website for complete rules, guidelines, theme and check out last year’s finalists for inspiration.


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