• 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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  • 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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  • Municipal Election Training June 20-21

    We don’t need to remind you that Municipalities Matter! So to help ensure our candidates are equipped with the right tools to run their campaign successfully, Better Choices Waterloo Region has teamed up with our friends from We Are Guelph to arrange a special training session for the Municipal elections, which will introduce a number of proven tools and techniques to make your campaign a success. The training will be held at Guelph City Hall in two parts, June 20 (6-9pm) and 21 (9am-1pm).

    The training session will be invaluable to prospective Candidates, Campaign Managers, and Campaign Volunteers.

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  • Strike at Student Transportation Services

    Your Support is Needed!

    The members of the Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region (STSWR/OSSTF) have attempted to negotiate a collective agreement since September 2012. Their employer refuses to negotiate a fair and unfettered deal. On Monday June 16th, the members of STSWR/OSSTF will be on strike!

    The ten members of STSWR/OSSTF are responsible for planning, implementing, communicating and monitoring of the transportation of over 30,000 students in Waterloo Region. These members also coordinate the Standing Safety and Bus Patrol programs, and participate in events which highlight student transportation safety, such as School Bus Safety Week, First Rider program and School Bus Driver Professional Development Day.

    Please join us in support at:
    4283 King St E (The Deer Ridge Centre), Kitchener
    from 7:30-5:00 daily

    For more information, please contact:

    Diane Flewwelling at dflewwelling@bellnet.ca or
    Vicki Buder at vbuder@gmail.com 

    Click here for a printable flyer.

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  • 2014 Scholarships



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    VALUE OF SCHOLARSHIP: The scholarship is valued at $500.00.

    NUMBER:  One awarded to a student attending a college.    

                    One awarded to a student attending a university.

    DEADLINE: Completed applications and all supporting documents must be received by the WRLC  no later than June 20, 2014. 

    The winners will be introduced and presented with a cheque September 9, 2014.


    The applicant must:

    1. be a member or the child or grandchild of a member of a local union affiliated to the Waterloo Regional Labour Council.

    2. have applied to enter a program or must be returning to a post-secondary institution on a full-time basis in September, 2014.

    3. not be a past recipient of the WRLC Scholarship.


    The applicant must submit the complete application form along with:

    1. a brief resume outlining non-academic interests and activities, such as community or political involvement.

    2. provide evidence of understanding of the role and significance of the labour movement by completing essay on provided topic of not more than 500 words.

    3. a complete secondary school transcript or transcript of post-secondary study. 



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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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  • Safety Board Changes Hurting Injured Workers

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    Waterloo, April 28, 2014 - Waterloo Regional Labour Council President Marc Xuereb used his speech at the Day of Mourning ceremonies in Waterloo to address the changes to the WSIB that are resulting in more and more injured workers being denied their claims and ending up in poverty.

    In front of a crowd of almost 200 people, including several local politicians and WSIB Chair Elizabeth Witmer, Xuereb detailed the cuts to the WSIB which have resulted in one in five injured workers living in poverty.

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  • 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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