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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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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Solidarity at International Women's Day Luncheon

March 8 is International Women’s Day: a day to celebrate how much women have accomplished and to remind us that there is still much work to be done to achieve gender equality.

Women's Committee members with MPP Catherine Fife
MPP Catherine Fife with WRLC Women's Committee members

Saturday, March 5, 2016 marked the 3rd annual Women’s Day Luncheon sponsored by the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) and the Women’s Committee of the Waterloo Regional Labour Council. Held at the Unifor Union Hall in Kitchener, this luncheon was attended by over 200 women. Keynote speakers were Jean Walters of Unifor and Kitchener-Waterloo MPP Catherine Fife. All proceeds from the luncheon were donated to Anselma House, Haven House, and Mary’s Place in Kitchener-Waterloo.

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Refute False Claims about Refugees

Have you heard rumours that refugees in Canada receive greater assistance from the government than pensioners? This is an urban myth with devastating and racist consequences. Sending on this email spreads false rumours, hurting people who have already suffered in their home countries. Let’s offer them a better welcome to Canada than unfounded stigmas and prejudices.

The myth that refugees make more money than seniors is false

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OFL Convention Video

The Ontario Federation of Labour produced a 20-minute video summarizing the last two years of labour activism in Ontario. It was screened at the OFL Convention on November 23rd.

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A Union Member Perspective on Education Sector Bargaining

This article by Guelph ETFO member Doug Cook appeared in the Waterloo Region Record on October 29, 2015.

Premier Wynne and Education Minister Liz Sandals 

 Premier Wynne and Education Minister Liz Sandals

Ontario Premiere Kathleen Wynne announced an income penalty for education workers who continue to participate in a legal strike action following Nov. 1. Behind her stood Education Minister and Guelph MPP Liz Sandals, face scowling.

Apparently Sandals is well aware of her gross failure on the education file. Sandals succeeded Laurel Broten as education minister in 2013. Broten had severely botched teacher negotiations when she introduced the infamous Bill 115. She then left Ontario politics. It's time for Sandals to follow Broten.

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CUPE Commends Region for Investing in Public Services

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), representing front-line Waterloo public services workers, commends the Region of Waterloo for refusing to accept recommendations made by an outside consultant firm and, instead, voted last night to save and invest in child care and employment services provided to Waterloo residents by the Region of Waterloo workers represented by CUPE 1883.

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Regional Councillors: Please Refuse KPMG Recommendations

Dear Councillor,

I am writing to you today to ask you to vote against two of KPMG’s recommendations to Regional Council at your meeting on Wednesday night.

The two recommendations that are of most concern to the Waterloo Regional Labour Council are 1) to close the Region's five childcare centres and 2) to not renew the contract with Employment Ontario. Both proposals would result in the loss of good-paying union jobs and result in poorer public service. Please take pride in KPMG's overall conclusion that the Region is a well-run organization with no low-hanging fruit for savings or efficiencies, and reject these two recommendations that contradict our community's values.

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Refuse KPMG Recommendation to Cancel EO Contract

On September 15th, 2015, KPMG presented a report to Regional Council as part of its Service Review. One of KPMG’s five main recommendations was that the Region of Waterloo cancel its Employment Ontario (EO) services as of March 31, 2016 by not renewing its contract with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU).

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