• CCAC Workers On Strike

    Striking employees of  the Waterloo-Wellington Community Care Access Centre (CCAC), members of Ontario Nurses Association (ONA) Local 15, need your support.

    Please consider doing what these teachers, pictured here, did today: go out to one of their picket lines to stand in solidarity and show our support for their fight for fairness. The picket schedule is posted on the ONA website.

    You can also show your support by completing the online letter to CCAC CEOs via the following link: http://www.ona.org/political_action/supportccac.html

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  • Wynne Government Seeking Huge Concessions from OPSEU

    Members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) have a long and proud history of defending and promoting the interests of our members and the public. We face a difficult challenge in this round of bargaining with the Ontario Government's proposal to slash jobs, wages, benefits and pensions within our collective agreement, in addition to privatization of public services. We need the support from all labour organizations to fight back against these proposed concessions as they will dismantle our Public Service which so many Ontarian's rely upon. Please view our website for the latest news and the governments proposals regarding bargaining at: www.opseu.org/ops-bargaining-2014.  

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  • 200 Activists Trained to Defeat Harper

    CLC Vice President Donald Lafleur

    Almost 200 union activists from Waterloo Region and nearby areas gathered in Kitchener on January 23 and 24 to hear details on what the Harper government has done to Canadians and learn skills for mobilizing their co-workers, neighbours, and family to defeat it.

    CLC Vice President Donald Lafleur delivered the keynote address on the Friday night, urging union members to start preparing now for the pending federal election.

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  • Your 2015-16 Executive and Committee Chairs

    Back row, from left to right: Bill McLachlan, Strike Support Committee Chair; Dave Eales, Executive at-large and By-Laws and Resulutions Committee Chair; Wanda Power, Executive at-large; Darlene Wilson, Executive-at-large; Shelley Tapsell, Women's Committee Chair; Richard Moss, Executive at-large and Health & Safety Committee Chair; Frank Curnew, Sergeant-at-arms; Marc Xuereb, President; Steve Sachs, Secretary; Mark Cairns, Executive at-large and Union Label Committee Chair; Georgina Grujicic, Education and Publicity Committee Chair

    Front row, from left to right: Lois Iles, 1st Vice President, Kelly Dick, Executive at-large; Glenn Annett, Executive at-large; Lorne Bruce, Executive at-large and Political Action Committee Chair; Ed Weidinger, Treasurer; Ed Wyse, Executive at-large and Human Rights Committee Chair

    Absent: Lisa Edwards, 2nd Vice President and Social Services Committee Chair; Fran Parry, Executive at-large; Lisa Hatherley, Executive at-large; Stephen Becker, Executive at-large

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  • WSIB Rewards Offenders

    Last week, the Ontario Federation of Labour blew the lid off the shameful practice of the WSIB giving millions in rebates to companies convicted of killing workers. The report, “Rewarding Offenders”, made front page news in the Toronto Star. Help keep the story alive by sharing this video of the media conference that broke the story.

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  • Buy Bottles, Not Cans

    Toast solidarity with a bottle not a canThis holiday season, when you raise a bottle, instead of a can, you are supporting good jobs for workers and their families. Take a stand against union-busting by promoting the USW beer can boycott this holiday season. Crown Holdings, the U.S.-based aluminum can giant, has forced its 120 Toronto workers out on strike since September 2013 by demanding massive concessions. Since then, Crown has refused to negotiate a fair settlement, closed its Montréal plant and bused in scabs to break the union in Toronto. 

    But you can help! Spread the word to friends and family about your support of the boycott! www.bottlesnotcans.ca

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  • We'll be There for You

    The labour movement is committed to improving the lives of workers and has been for over 100 years. That's our job. Our aim is to improve the lives of all Canadians by working on the issues that matter most to everyone.

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  • 61% of Endorsed Candidates Elected!

    Better Choices Waterloo Region logoA big thank you goes out to everyone who voted for the Better Choices candidates, and who worked so hard to encourage your fellow union members, family, and neighbours to do the same. We now have progressive Mayors of all three of our cities in Waterloo Region, and a progressive Regional Chair. Better Choices Waterloo Region and our Labour Council played a big part in making that happen! We helped elect 23 out of the 38 (61%) candidates we endorsed. An additional three progressive people who sought but did not receive our endorsement were also elected.

    See the table below to see how our endorsed candidates fared.

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  • Waterloo Region's Union Advantage

    This article, by Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan, was published in the Waterloo Region Record on August 29th.

    Sid RyanA year from now, Canada could be in the throes of a federal election campaign.

    Stephen Harper's Conservatives have already started laying the groundwork for their re-election campaign, and two important themes are emerging: jobs and the economy.

    A key battleground will be Ontario. Our province is vital to Harper's re-election plans, because it sent plenty of Conservative MPs to Ottawa last time around — enough to give Harper a majority government, despite the fact that the Conservatives flopped completely in Quebec.

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