Archived Winnipeg Labour Council Stories

Annual Events Coming Up. Join Us!
No two years at the Winnipeg Labour Council are the same.  However we do have some annual events coming up and WLC affiliates, delegates and union members are invited to join us!   Labour Day Picnic & March - Monday, September 5, 2016   Due to construction in Vimy Ridge Park, this year’s Labour Day Picnic will be held in Central Park.  T   Read More..

United Way and WLC partnership review 2016
United Way Winnipeg and the WLC have had a long standing, constructive working relationship that goes back to the founding in 1965.  It’s a legacy and impact that union members and activists have every reason to be proud of.  On an annual basis United Way supported programs and services are accessed by an average of 1 in 3 Winnipeggers.  In 2015 the organization   Read More..

City Councilor Warns Against 3P Disraeli Project
  There's widespread agreement that there needs to be repairs and upgrading done to the Disraeli Freeway. The question some people are asking is whether it should be done as a public works project - or as a Public Private Partnership (P3). Jenny Gerbasi, city councillor for Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry, strongly opposes the the P3 approach. She points to another bridge project, t   Read More..

CUPE 500 Raises $1,450 for Heart and Stroke Foundation
  Twenty-three riders were part of the CUPE 500 "Positively Public" team for the Heart and Stroke Foundation's Big Bike event held June 16. They raised over $1,450 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Local 500 members were joined by family for the ride through the Forks, wearing hearts which read "I put my heart into it for Shannon", in tribute to our team&   Read More..

CLC 25th Constitutional Convention
  The CLC convention is always a great moment of democratic decision making when workers come together to find the best ways to advance the aspirations, the values and the interests of the sisters and brothers in our workplaces. We come to the debates and resolutions of our conventions not with abstractions, but with a mandate from people we know well. Immediately prior to the opening   Read More..

What to Do When the Paycheque Stops
  The following is based on information provided by the United Way of Winnipeg to assist union members, their families, and other workers during a difficult time. The following information is geared to Winnipeg residents, but people outside the city who may read this can contact their local United Way agency for a similar listing of agencies in their area.   If You're   Read More..

February is Black History Month
  Every February, Winnipeg celebrates Black History Month, also known as African Heritage Month. It's a month to acknowledge the history, legacy and global contributions of those with ancestral roots in Africa. During the month, numerous special events are held - dates and locations of which are usually listed on the Winnipeg Labour Council web site during the month. The mass r   Read More..

CLC Poster Irks Bankers
  In preparation for a rally in Hamilton protesting layoffs, tight credit at high interest rates and other issues, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) printed a number of posters to advertise the rally. The posters contained a number of 'slogans' addressing issues such as companies that break their promises, CEOs who pad their own nests and a government that refuses to fix the E   Read More..

Public Water Gets Boost from University of Winnipeg
  The University of Winnipeg will become the first university in Canada to end the provision and sale of bottled water campus-wide. The sale of bottled water will be phased out by this fall and funding will be available to upgrade water infrastructure on campus. Water fountains will also be installed and located in prominent areas in three new campus facilities. The University of W   Read More..

United Way Seeking Labour Director
  The United Way of Winnipeg, a community-based, volunteer-driven, non-profit organization that works to create opportunities for a better life for everyone, is currently looking to hire a Labour Director to join their team. Reporting to United Way of Winnipeg's President and Winnipeg Labour Council President, the Labour Director works to build relationships within and between the   Read More..

Public Investment Builds Better Futures
  -By Errol Black, Brandon City Councillor and Shauna MacKinnon, Director, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Manitoba The Red River Flooding of 2009 reminds us to pause and reflect on the importance of public investment in a community. The decision to invest in the Red River Floodway was initially made in the 1960s and it has paid off many times over since its completion in 1   Read More..

CUPE Supports Museum for Human Rights
  The Canadian Museum for Human Rights has received a substantial contribution from the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). At a ceremony in the Union Centre on May 7, CUPE's National President Paul Moist (on left in photo), accompanied by Kevin Rebeck, President CUPE Manitoba, presented a ceremonial cheque in the amount of $250,000 to Gail Asper, National Campaign Chair, Fr   Read More..

Employment Insurance Should be Election Issue
  Canadian Labour Congress President Ken Georgetti says that if Prime Minister Stephen Harper wants to fight an election over Employment Insurance he should "bring it on." Harper said recently that he's prepared to fight an election rather than accept Opposition party demands that would make it easier for unemployed workers to receive Employment Insurance. In response   Read More..

Bonnie Rivers Retiring
  After 19 years of continuous service to the Winnipeg labour movement in her support staff position with the Winnipeg Labour Council, Bonnie Rivers is retiring at the end of June. Her many years of service and dedication were recognized at a labour council meeting on June 16. It gave Winnipeg Labour Council delegates to say goodbye and good luck to sister Bonnie on her retirement.   Read More..

Food, Prizes, Fun
  The Winnipeg Labour Council once again hosted its annual MayWorks family picnic on Saturday, May 30, at Freight House Park, at Ross and Isabel. In a spring that has experienced a lot of cool, wet weather, it turned out to be a great day for a picnic, with about 150 people coming out to join in the fun.   All children who came to the picnic received hot dogs, balloons, in   Read More..

New Face at WLC
  Since the beginning of July, if you phoned the Winnipeg Labour Council office, you heard a new voice - if you walked into the office, you've seen a new face. Stephanie Mack is now the Administration Support person for the Labour Council. Born in Fredericton New Brunswick, her family moved to Manitoba in 1975. In Manitoba, her father, Pete Walker, would later spend 10 years as   Read More..

More Months Wasted with No EI Fix
  Unemployed workers are being badly hurt by the Liberals and Conservatives agreeing to delay needed improvements to Employment Insurance. The problems with EI are not something that needs to be studied by a working group that meet over the summer and consider changes to EI. "We know what has to be done to fix EI," says Ken Georgetti, Canadian Labour Congress president. &   Read More..

City Budget Not as Open as It Should be
- Jenny Gerbasi, Councillor Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry In politics you often hear a lot of talk about what your elected officials are hoping to do for our city. But the annual budget (if you can sort through the spin and rhetoric around it) can reveal what your City Council is really up to. Each year City Council must approve two separate budgets. The Capital budget contains longer term   Read More..

Walmarts Latest Anti-Union Tactic
  As part of UFCW Canada's effort to help Walmart workers enjoy the benefits of union membership, several years ago it launched a web site dedicated to providing Walmart 'associates' with the tools and knowledge they need to exercise their rights as workers in Canada. Walmart, the world's largest corporation, has reached a new low by filing for a court injunction to lim   Read More..

City Budget Has Positives - Disappointments
  - Jenny Gerbasi, Councillor Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry The City of Winnipeg's draft of the 2010 Capital Budget and 2011- 2015 Five Year Forecast was made publicon November 16. The Capital budget outlines the projects the city will do in areas such as streets, public transit, active transportation, water and waste infrastructure and civic buildings. There are clearly some   Read More..

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