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  • Lessons from the Laurier Strike

    It's been three weeks now since the union representing custodians and tradespeople at Wilfrid Laurier University accepted a deal to end their strike and go back to work. Unfortunately, the university got what it wanted: they bullied the union into accepting contract language that allows them to contract out their work whenever a unionized position is vacated. It was not the outcome the labour movement wanted, but there are some important lessons we can take from this experience.

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  • 4 Ways to Support Postal Workers

    As you know doubt are aware, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers are past the strike deadline in their negotiations with Canada Post. They are fighting for important issues, and they need our support.

    I Love Posties!Canada Post is celebrating almost two decades of profits by trying to extract more concessions from the workers who have made it profitable. The crown corporation is refusing to address the glaring discrepancy between rural and urban mail carriers (the predominantly female rural mail carriers earn 28% less than their urban counterparts, and CUPW is calling for pay equity for all their members). It is also seeking to divide present and future postal workers by proposing much lower wages and benefits for all new hires.

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  • Support the Strikers at WLU - Stop Contracting Out!

    Despite the large turnout at Friday's rally in support of custodial staff at Wilfrid Laurier University, members of CUPE 926 were left with no choice but to strike starting Sunday morning. The university continues to demand a weakening of their contracting out language that will allow them to hire custodians who are paid less than $13/hour to do the same work done by CUPE members who make a living wage with pensions and benefits.

    CUPE members need your support now on the picket line! Please join them as often as you can: they welcome supporters from all walks of life.

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  • Labour Council Calls on WLU to Preserve Good Jobs

    For immediate release July 6, 2016, 1pm

    Kitchener – The Waterloo Regional Labour Council is calling on Wilfrid Laurier University President Max Blouw to stop trying to save money on the backs of its workers and negotiate a fair contract with its unionized custodial staff. Labour Council activists will be joining an information picket and rally at the university this Friday morning.

    "The university is attacking its custodial staff by using every legal loophole to contract out their work to lower-paid contractors," said Labour Council President Marc Xuereb. "Laurier's tagline is 'Inspiring Lives.' This kind of conduct doesn't inspire lives: it inspires poverty. That's what you're doing when you replace good jobs with pensions and benefits with precarious jobs that offer no job security and pay below the living wage."
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  • 2016 Post-Secondary Education Scholarships

    Do you have a child or grand-child attending a post-secondary school this Fall? Could they use $500 to defray the costs of their education? Help them apply for the Waterloo Regional Labour Council's Scholarship!

    We give away two $500 scholarships each year: one for university students and one for college students.

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  • Sombre crowd at Day of Mourning Ceremony

    A sombre crowd gathered at the Workers' Memorial on Thursday, April 28 to remember workers killed on the job. 
    Many of the same faces have been marking this date together for years. In a small sign of hope for better days, the crowd grows each year. Today, it includes politicians from every party and every level of government. This is new. Maybe it means the message of safety is gaining traction. Maybe it means protections for people at work are becoming a higher priority. 
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  • Labour Council Proposals for Reforming EI

    Cambridge MP Bryan May is chairing a House of Commons Committee which is conducting a study of Canada's Employment Insurance (EI) program. It asked for Canadians to submit its opinions on EI by March 23, 2016. The Waterloo Regional Labour Council's Political Action Committee Chair Lorne Bruce, in concert with Vice President Mark Cairns, wrote a submission for the Committee's consideration.

    "In Waterloo Region there are currently approximately 17,400 unemployed while only around 4,800 are receiving EI benefits," the brief opens. "That’s only 27% of unemployed people receiving benefits here in Waterloo Region. Along with the rest of the country we need to see a change to EI that will benefit all those entitled to their benefits not currently receiving them."

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  • Our Take on the Federal Budget

    Federal Budget 2016: First steps towards
    a fairer and more prosperous Canada

    For immediate release March 22, 2016, 7pm

    Kitchener – The Waterloo Regional Labour Council responded to today’s federal budget announcement with optimism, saying it begins the important work of reinvesting in Canadian communities, creating jobs, addressing children’s and seniors’ poverty, and repairing the programs and services Canadians rely on.

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  • Help Defend Good Jobs at WLU

    Tweet telling people to email WLU PresidentGood day members and friends –

    I am writing to you about CUPE Local 926 which has 68 custodians. Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) wants to contract out their work.

    Please go to www.stopcontractingout.ca and click on “send a message” and put your name in and it will send a message to the President of the University, Dr. Max Blouw.

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