Vote for candidates who support working families
LABOUR COUNCILS have a proud history of local community involvement and participation. We appreciate the important role that municipal governance plays in the daily lives of our members and their families. These priorities, developed through consultations with local community groups and unions, will make our communities a better place for everyone to work and live.


Help Elect Jeff Burch as Mayor of St. Catharines

Forum research poll indicates a slim lead for Jeff Burch in the St. Catharines mayoral race.

This is very exciting news. The labour movement has an unprecedented opportunity to help elect a progressive Mayor who will put the St. Catharines community first.
Jeff's campaign has been endorsed by the Niagara Regional Labour Council (CLC). His union roots run deep. He worked as a union staff rep and organizer for more than a decade before winning election as a City Councillor for Merritton ward in 2006. Jeff was re-elected in 2010.  He currently serves as CEO of the Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre.

Jeff is facing some pretty stiff competition from two candidates on the right of the political spectrum -- an ultra-conservative Councillor, and the anti-union CEO of the local Chamber of Commerce. Given the vote split on the right, Jeff has a great chance of winning, but we cannot take anything for granted.

Please share this e-mail with your membership.  Jeff needs our support to be elected on election day, Monday October 27.

Now, more than ever, working people need strong allies in municipal government. They need representatives like Jeff Burch who will defend their interests and help bring positive change to St. Catharines.

Here is how you can help:

1. Order a lawn sign by visiting

2. Like and Share Jeff's Facebook page:

3. Donate to Jeff's campaign at

4. Volunteer for Jeff (leaflet distribution, canvassing, phones, election day) by calling 905 684-3337 and asking for Brandon or Audrey

We have less than two weeks to help make history in St. Catharines and elect Jeff Burch as our mayor. Don't delay, act today!

JOBS! JOBS! JOBS!’s labour Market has ground to a halt; there has been virtually no full-time job creation in the past year. The Government claims Canada’s economy is the best in the World, but that isn’t supported by the hard evidence. Austerity has hurt the underlying problem, not helped.   To solve the problem, we need a different approach: all stakeholders, Government, Business, Labour, Universities, Colleges, & communities, all need to elevate good paying job creation to the top of the list of policy priorities. We need to take pro-active measures (not just lay out a welcome mat for business) to make it happen.
Jim Stanford, Economist & Author will be making a presentation on Jobs, followed by a Q & A session.
October 9th 2014    @ 8pm
Unifor Local 199
124 Bunting Road, St. Catharines
Free admission. 
Seating is limited to 100. If you plan to attend, please register by calling  905 682 2611 ext. 238


Municipal Candidate Endorsement Meeting

Monday, September 15, 2014
7:00 pm
City of Thorold, Town Hall
3540 Schmon Parkway

The upcoming municipal, regional and trustee elections in Niagara are of paramount importance for all union members, their families and friends. We need to elect progressive candidates  who will support labour's vision for our communities. 
Over the past 8 months, the Municipality Matters Committee made up of members from affiliated and non-affiliated locals have met on a regular basis. All candidates ( over 300) have received the candidate's questionnaire.  Based on the responses and interviews, the committee will present at the Municipal Candidate Endorsement  Meeting their recommendations of candidates to be considered for endorsement.

Please note that, based on a decision ye of the Niagara Regional Labour Council, the Municipal Candidate Endorsement Meeting to be held next Monday, September 15th, will now be a Special Meeting of the NRLC.   Thus, voting will be by NRLC delegates only.   However, representatives of all locals affiliated with the CLC are still most welcome to attend. 

NDP Election Labour Canvasses

Please join us in canvassing for Cindy Forster, Welland; Wayne Gates, Niagara Falls; and Jennie Stevens, St. Catharines.  If you've never helped out with a campaign before, attending a scheduled canvassing day is an easy way to start.

Saturday, May 31, 11 am
Wayne Gates offices: 4030 Montrose Rd Niagara Falls, or 401 Garrison Rd. Fort Erie
Contact: Keith Levere   905-932-6896

Sunday, June 1, 10 am
Cindy Forster Campaign Office: 115 Division St. Welland
Contact: Dawn Dobbie   289-990-8343

Saturday, June 7, 10:30 am
Jennie Stevens Campaign Office: 491 Merritt St., St. Catharines (beside Shoppers Drug Mart)

1-2 pm Meet Brian McCormack at the Niagara West-Glanbrook booth at Pride in the Park in Montebello Park in St. Catharines

Contact: Sue Hotte 905-932-1646
For more information please contact us at

New research shows that Hudak job cuts would mean 5,301 lost jobs in Niagara, boosting unemployment by 2.5% to 10.7%

April 28th Day of Mourning

April 28th is the National Day of Mourning for workers who have been killed, injured, or made ill on the job.

There are a variety of ceremonies in Niagara to mark the day listed on this poster.

Contact: Bruce Allen (905) 934-6233

Municipalities Matter!

Get Active, Municipalities Matter!

The work that municipalities and school trustees do impacts all of us each day.  It is important that labour supports those candidates who support our working family values.

In the last municipal and trustee election, we were successful in helping 17 candidates win their election.

Let's build on that success in 2014.  Every vote counts and with your help we can increase the number of progressive municipal politicians and trustees.

Municipalities Matter Campaign Meeting
Monday, April 28th, 2014
7:00 pm
Open to all interested parties
Unifor 199 (CAW)
124 Bunting Road, St. Catharines