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    Better Choices Mass Canvass

    Give our Better Choices candidates one last push before election day!

    Help distribute our Better Choices pamphlets to market-goers at our region's three biggest farmers' markets.

    We should be able to reach lots of people in an hour or two on a busy Saturday morning!

    RSVP with your phone number so we can get in touch with you if necessary. And please tell us which location you will join.

    Better Choices logoWaterloo location: St Jacob's Farmers' Market
    Better Choices contact: Ed Wyse
    Meeting Location: entrance off Farmers' Market Road at Benjamin Road

    Kitchener location: Kitchener Farmers' Market
    Better Choices contact: Shane Mulligan
    Meeting Location: upper level tables just outside "Marketplace" demonstration kitchen

    Cambridge location: Cambridge Farmers' Market
    Better Choices contact: Laura Grint
    Meeting Location: under the portico

    October 25, 2014 at 9am
    3 different farmers' markets: see description for details
  • ONE Vote (Yours?) Could Be the Difference!

    Kitchener's Ward 9 Was Won by One Vote in 2010!

    To make your vote count, go to www.betterchoiceswr.ca.

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  • Strike at Crown Holdings Passes One Year Mark

    As was discussed at our September Labour Council Meeting, USW  Local 9176 (Crown Holdings Weston plant in Toronto) has been on strike for a year as of September 6, 2014.

    The workers need our solidarity through donations, letters of moral support, and boycotts of some of Crown Holdings' products and services.

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  • Support the Better Choices Candidates!

    Here are some ways you can help elect progressive candidates to municipal councils and school boards on October 27th. Together we can make a difference!

    After you've read this yourself, please post it on your union websites and forward it via email to your members and friends.

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  • 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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