• Get Your Union Involved in Electing the Better Choices Candidates!

    Better Choices logoA record number of people turned our to our September membership meeting to discuss this Fall's municipal elections. Delegates representing 29 union Locals plus dozens of guests discussed the process Better Choices Waterloo Region used to evaluate candidates and what they could do to help get the endorsed candidates elected to municipal councils and school boards on October 27th.

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    2014 Health & Safety Dinner

    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. This event is a great opportunity for you to thank your Health & Safety activists for their work for your Local: they get a nice dinner and good speakers about the importance of their activism.

    Cost: $31.00 per person
    Cocktails at 6:00 pm, Dinner at 6:30 pm

    Registrations must be made prior to November 10th. Send the Registration Form along with your cheque to secure your spot.

    Please start thinking now about who you might nominate for our annual Health & Safety award: we want to reward activists who contribute to the elimination of hazards and the protection of workers' health and safety. Please use this Nomination Form to nominate one of your members: the deadline for nominations is November 1st


    November 20, 2014 at 6pm
    Cambridge Newfoundland Club
    1500 Dunbar Rd
    Cambridge, ON
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  • 2014 Scholarship Recipients

    Every year the Labour Council awards two $500 scholarships to post-secondary students - one university student and one college student. We ask applicants for our scholarship to write us an essay about a labour issue and to submit us their school transcripts and a resume of their non-academic interests and activities.

     Bridget Campbell receiving her cheque from Labour Council President Marc Xuereb  Donna Voll receiving her cheque at our September 2014 Labour Council meeting.
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  • Labour Day Photos and Coverage

    Hundreds of people gathered in Waterloo Park for our annual Labour Day picnic this year!

    three of the many Better Choices endorsed candidates at the picnicUnifor 1106 member Shawn RouseLois Iles at the CUPE table

    See our Facebook page for more photos from the event!

    Both CTV News (at 11:22 of newscast) and The Record had positive stories of the event, too!


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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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  • European trade deal threatens municipalities

    Labour Council President Marc Xuereb published this column in the Waterloo Region Record today: http://www.therecord.com/opinion-story/4774854-european-trade-deal-threatens-municipalities/

    Walk Away from CETAThe negotiators have completed their talks. A signing ceremony is set for Sept. 26. But the Canada-Europe Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement is far from being approved.

    Now is the time for Canadians to start voicing their views, because MPs will be asked to consider the agreement in the coming months.

    And we should be concerned.

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  • We Stopped Hudak

    The most recent OFL President's report has an excellent feature article in on how the labour movement stopped Tim Hudak's plan to bring US-style anti-labour laws to Ontario: 

    The Waterloo Regional Labour Council was a vital part of this province-wide movement. We held an anti-Hudak rally in Kitchener on April 7th that attracted 300 labour activists and prepared our local unions for the provincial election. When the write dropped on May 2nd, we were ready.

    Over 60 union leaders attended the May 13 Labour Council meeting to discuss where we would focus our efforts for the June 12th election. We united behind the campaign of the NDP's Catherine Fife in Kitchener-Waterloo, and put substantial efforts into defeating Conservative candidates in the other three Waterloo Region ridings. Now we need to keep the Liberal government accountable for their promises!

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  • Council Wins Social Development Award

    The Waterloo Regional Labour Council has been selected to receive the 2014 Social Development award from the Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo.

    Labour Council Women's Committee Co-Chair Lois Iles accepted the award on the Labour Council's behalf at the Social Planning Council's Annual General Meeting on June 18, 2014. "Community partnerships are essential to the work we do at the Social Planning Council," said Trudy Beaulne, SPC-KW Executive Director. "We have had the pleasure to work with the Labour Council on a range of issues and initiatives since our very earliest days, and it is our honour to provide you with this award."

    The award will be displayed proudly in the Labour Council's offices.

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  • Hassan Yussuff Elected new CLC President

    Hassan Yussuff

    Hassan Yussuff was elected President of the Canadian Labour Congress on May 8th by almost 4,800 union delegates from across the country who gathered in Montreal. Several Waterloo Regional Labour Council delegates were in attendance, and contributed to Convention debates on CLC supports to Labour Councils, a levy to fund the Together Fairness Works campaign, and other policy resolutions.

    For more news from the Convention, including links to resolutions and policy papers, see http://convention2014.canadianlabour.ca/.

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