The Windsor and District Labour Council's first ever Solidarity Conference 2013 brought together over 300 local labour and organizational leaders on May 11th. The day provided many guest speakers that spoke to the attacks upon working people and the need for collaboration between, not only unions, but also with community partners. It was a great day that instilled the need for Solidarity amongst those in attendance. View Pictures from the event Here
April 28, Day of Mourning
Right to Work = Work For Less..
Windsor labour moves against legislation
Grace MacAluso, The Windsor Star| Feb 22, 2013 | Last Updated: Feb 22, 2013 - 7:10 UTC
The Windsor and District Labour Council will hold an "emergency meeting" to find ways of fighting government-led attacks on unions, Dino Chiodo, council president, said Thursday. The meeting, tentatively slated for March 1, will bring together the leadership of the region's labour movement, including the heads of about 54 labour council affiliates representing about 27,000 private and public sector workers, said Chiodo.
"This is about our future and the future of the next generation of workers," said Chiodo, who is also president of CAW Local 444. He said legislation such as the federal government's Bill C-377, which forces labour groups, including unions, to publicly disclose their finances, are designed to undermine labour's influence, said Chiodo. He also pointed to the Ontario Conservative party's push for right to work legislation as another threat against unions. The meeting would generate discussion on developing a plan of action, he said. "We have to be prepared," added Chiodo. "We have to understand what they are trying to do and we need to know what we're up against."
The federal government has argued that Bill C-377 is designed to make unions more transparent and accountable, while Opposition Leader Tim Hudak has said right to work legislation would simply bring Ontario in line with other countries that give workers a choice.
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Bill 115 - Rally at the Liberal Convention
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
On Sunday, April 28, 2013 Windsor-Essex will join communities in nearly 100 countries worldwide to commemorate the National Day of Mourning which is a day of remembrance for workers killed and injured on the job.
Since 1984, observances of this day have become very widespread in Canada, led by unions and labour councils and often with the participation of municipalities, social action groups and other non-government organizations.
To bring increased awareness to this important day we will be publishing a special promotional feature in The Windsor Star on Friday, April 26, 2013. As Canada’s #1 read newspaper in print and online readership per capita, this promotion will reach 139,000 Windsor Star print readers and will be featured prominently on the windsorstar.com homepage under the “Special Features” heading. Windsorstar.com receives more than 250,000 unique visitors each and every month, making it by far the strongest local website in the region.
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Hey Canada, heard of the CETA yet?
No? It’s not surprising! Once again, our federal and provincial government and business leaders are negotiating a “free trade” deal behind the backs of Canadians. This time, it’s called the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA for short. It will change the face of Canada as we know it, and Harper wants to sign it in a hurry — before anyone has a chance to debate it!
A race to the bottom
By Anne Jarvis, The Windsor Star January 11, 2012If you worked for a gigantic and extremely profitable company, and that company, in the middle of negotiating a new contract with your union, abruptly and unilaterally took an axe to your wages, would you object?
Of course you would.
That's what Caterpillar Inc., which owns Electro-Motive Canada in London, did. Electro-Motive tabled its final offer. The Canadian Auto Workers rejected it. The company locked out the workers. On New Year's Day. Happy New Year.
The final offer: slashing wages by 55 per cent. The majority of the 465 workers, who manufacture locomotives, were making $34 an hour.
That would plummet to $16.50 an hour. Could you support your family on $16.50 an hour? You're darn right it would be hard.Click Here to Read more: http://www.windsorstar.com/race+bottom/5977606/story.html#ixzz1jLY5b0xo
---The Labour-Sponsored Gary L. Parent
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