November 2014 President's Report

I am pleased to submit the following report on my Labour Council work of the past month, and on some key issues I wish to bring to your attention.

  • Municipal Election Campaign
  • Living Wage Launch event
  • Health & Safety Dinner
  • CLC Political Action Conference January 23-24, 2015
  • Labour Council elections

Successful Municipal Election Campaign
Better Choices Waterloo Region and our Labour Council played a big part in electing progressive Councilors and Trustees on October 27th: we helped elect 23 out of the 38 (61%) candidates we endorsed! We now have progressive mayors in all three of our cities, plus a progressive Regional Chair. A big thank you goes out to all of you who voted for the Better Choices candidates, and who worked so hard to encourage your fellow union members, family, and neighbours to do the same. For details on how our endorsed candidates did, see www.wrlc.ca/61_of_endorsed_candidates_elected. We did a lot of work on this campaign, but we can’t stop here! We need to stay in touch with all elected Councillors and Trustees, make sure they are aware of our issues, and keep track of how they perform. Stay tuned for requests for your help in this follow-up work.

Living Wage Launch Event
I was proud to see several Labour Council activists at the launch of Living Wage Waterloo Region on November 4th. Trish Hennessy of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives was inspiring in her portrayal of this initiative as the start of a movement that will make a real difference in the lives of many people currently working for low wages. Ten local employers were recognized for being the first ones to make the commitment to paying the $16/hour wage. If you know of local businesses that would be interested in signing on, please direct them to www.livingwagewr.org.

Health & Safety Dinner November 20th
Only a few tickets are left for our Labour Council’s annual event celebrating the activists who work to keep our workplaces safe. The dinner is on Thursday, November 20th at 6:30pm at the Cambridge Newfoundland Club. See all the details at www.wrlc.ca/2014_health_safety_dinner.

CLC Political Action Conference January 23-25, Kitchener
Spread the word to activists in your union: we will be hosting a conference in late January in Kitchener that will help us prepare for next year’s federal elections. The Canadian Labour Congress has set four priorities for the campaign: good jobs, retirement security, child care, and health care. The conference will give us skills to be able to mobilize around these issues so we can defeat the Harper Conservatives. Set aside the weekend in your calendars now!

Labour Council Elections
Mark 1:30pm on Sunday, January 11th in your calendars for the elections of officers and Committee Chairs of the Waterloo Regional Labour Council. In order to be eligible to run for the Executive, you must have attended at least 50% of our membership meetings in the past six months, be an official delegate of your union to the Labour Council, and your union must have its per capita dues fully paid up. Now would be a good time to make sure that your union Executive has paid up its dues and has submitted an official list of current delegates to the Council. You can read the details on our website at www.wrlc.ca/about.

Respectfully submitted,

Marc Xuereb
November 11, 2014


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