• An Alternative Budget for Canada

    This article by Labour Council President Marc Xuereb was published in the Waterloo Region Record on April 13, 2015. The original can be viewed at www.therecord.com/opinion-story/5551291-alternative-federal-budget-pushes-for-needed-spending/.

    Stephen Harper has been telegraphing this move for years. On April 21, Finance Minister Joe Oliver will undoubtedly present a surplus budget, just in time for this October's election campaign.

    But a budget surplus is not what Canada's economy needs right now. 

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  • Our Priorities

    Our Labour Council elects its leaders every two years. The Executive gets together at the beginning of its two-year term of office to set strategic priorities for the Council. Below are our priorities for 2015-2016.

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  • Featured event

    Fight for $15 and Fairness

    Fight for $15 & Fairness

    Join us for a rally outside at the Waterloo Town Square as we as we fight for $15 and Fairness. 

    We want:

    • A $15 minimum wage with no exemptions for any worker 
    • Decent hours that we can live on
    • Paid sick days
    • Respect at work
    • Rules that protect everyone

    Through province-wide organizing, the Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage made major gains winning an increase to the minimum wage and indexation to inflation in 2014. But we know that workers need more than that to be lifted out of poverty, have decent jobs and live healthy lives. So we're taking our fight to the next level and launching the Fight for $15 and Fairness! 

    Our fight is part of a larger movement that is gaining momentum across North America. April 15 is a global day of action in the Fight for $15. Workers will be walking off the job in over 100 US cities, with solidarity actions in 40 countries around the world. 

    Community and labour groups across Ontario are organizing actions for $15 and fairness. 

    Join us at the Waterloo Town square to hear speakers including representatives from the Waterloo Region Labour Council and the AAP - Alliance Against Poverty

    April 15, 2015 at 12pm
    Waterloo Square
    75 King St S
    Waterloo, Ontario N2J 1P2
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  • Featured event

    Day of Mourning 2015

    Come out to commemorate workers who have been injured or killed on the job in Waterloo Region.

    Featuring addresses by:

    • a representative of Threads of Life
    • Cambridge Mayor Doug Craig
    • Reverend Oscar (Oz) Cole-Arnal
    • Labour Council President Marc Xuereb


    Click on the image for a full-size colour poster.

    Ceremonies begin at 10:30am: coffee and refreshments will be available upon completion of ceremonies at 11:30am.

    Thanks to the Workers Health & Safety Centre for their assistance in organizing this event.

    April 28, 2015 at 10:30am
    Riverside Park
    49 King St W
    Cambridge (Preston), ON N3H
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  • IWD Luncheon a Success!

    Two hundred union women packed into the Unifor Meeting Hall last Saturday to celebrate International Women's Day and raise funds for local women's shelters. This was the Labour Council's second annual IWD Luncheon, and it raised even more money than last year (exact numbers to be confirmed).

    Here's some video and pictures from the event:

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  • 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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