Education Seminars

Unifor-McMaster Labour Studies Certificate Program presents three education seminars, all held at the Unifor 199 office 124 Bunting Road, St. Catharines:

1. February 23 and March 2, 2015
 Gender-based Violence at Work 
  6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
In Part Two (March 2) we examine a number of industries where we see a direct connection between gender-based violence and work regulation and organization. For example, we will look at ways in which Canada’s live-in caregiver program is structured and regulated such that gender-based violence is a predictable outcome; at ways in which the sex trade industry in Canada is regulated / policed in ways that both compromise dignity, health and safety of workers in that industry, and directly contribute to dangerous working conditions; and we will look at the on-going gender-based business models that prevail in the hospitality industry (from uniform policies to gendered model of service, to old adage that ‘customer is always right’) and how these connect directly to workplace violence. For decades workers in each of these industries have actively engaged in demanding structural changes, and yet many of the structural conditions that lead to gender-based workplace violence remain. We will look at workers’ demands, activism and recent industry/government responses
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2.  March 9, 2015
Missing Aboriginal Women
  6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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3. March 16 and April 13
Tax is not a four letter word
  6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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Calling for contributions to Yearbook


MAY 1  not only marks International Workers Day but also the fifth anniversary of the founding of the NRLC on May 1, 2010. 

As we look back over our first five years, we want to celebrate the struggles and successes of the labour movement in Niagara. In order that each local affiliate of the Labour Council can be recognized, we will be publishing a Year Book which will be available in time for our celebration on May 1, 2015. 

Every local union is invited to submit articles and photos that will document the accomplishments of the local, whether over the past five years, or over many years that have brought you to where you are now. 

The Year Book will be financed by the sale of advertisements in the book, as outlined on the attached form. Any surplus of revenue over expenses will be allocated to the NRLC's contribution to sponsorship of the Welland Canal Fallen Workers Memorial.

Please return the form as soon as possible, so that we can begin allocating space in the Year Book.

We look forward to your local's participation in this project.


ImageThe Niagara Health System decided that the Welland General Hospital will close once the new hospital in Niagara Falls is built.  This decision was made without a public consultation with the more than 94,000 residents living in Pelham, Port Colborne, Wainfleet and Welland Both Niagara Falls/Fort Erie (population of over 113,000) and Welland/Port Colborne/Wainfleet/Pelham need to have their own full service hospital. 
The Niagara Health System did not take into consideration the potential health, social and economic impacts of the closure the Welland hospital on South Niagara. 

Dr. Kevin Smith’s Report on Restructuring of the Niagara Health System included no evidence to support the closure of the Welland General Hospital. The report did not have a health needs assessment for the residents of South Niagara; it did not say how much it would cost the taxpayer, the region and the municipality to restructure the health system in Niagara; and it had no proposals to lessen the impact of reduced hospital access.

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Royal Canadian Legion Br. 4
383 Morningstar Ave. Welland
5:30 Meet&Greet  6:00 pm Dinner
Tickets $15

Ergonomics Workshop

Ergonomics: Recognizing Injuries, Risk Factors and Design Workshop 

The workshop has been canceled.

OPSEU Information Picket

On Saturday, January 24, the NRLC delegates participated in a solidarity rally for staff workers employed by Care Partners, a private for-profit company. More than 18 months ago the workers chose to be represented by OPSEU, yet the employer disrespects this choice.

The workers deliver nursing services to residents in our community. They want a collective agreement that can give them respect and protections against arbitrary, unfair and exploitative working conditions. 
Collective Bargaining is a Right!
Here is OPSEU press release.


The fight to preserve the Rose City’s hospital will continue with a public meeting this Sunday, January 11, 2015.
Niagara Health Coalition has organized its next Save Our Welland Hospital meeting, which will take place at 2 p.m. in the Welland Civic Square community room, 60 East Main Street.

“We’ll be providing an update on the activity we’ve had to date, as well as what we’re planning,” said coalition co-chair Sue Hotte.
A new petition calling for the hospital to remain open is expected to be launched Sunday and details will be released about upcoming fundraisers.
“We’ve been moving forward quite quickly,” she said.
Hotte urged people to get involved and become informed about the impact the closure of the hospital will have.
“We need everyone on board to show we need to keep the hospital and its services,” she said.
“It’s not a done deal. We can save this hospital.”

The facebook link to Save the Welland Hospital is here:

Further Niagara Health Coalition events:

Friday January 16 at 6 p.m. 
Fundraising Dinner at Niagara on the Lake
Addison Hall, St. Mark's Anglican Church, 41 Byron St. 
Tickets are $25 please call Sandra 289-868-9310

Saturday January 17 at 10 a.m. 
Town Hall Meeting to Save Our Hospital!
Community Centre, 14 Anderson Lane, NOTL
With Guest Speaker Natalie Mehra, Executive Director of the Ontario Health Coalition
See more at the ONTARIO HEALTH COALITION website