Successful Presentation to Ban Asbestos at Niagara Regional Headquarters

From left: John Pula, retired Unifor 199 H&S Representative Renee Guay, health and safety advocate, and Chris Grawey, NRLC Vice President, Niagara South

LABOUR DAY September 5th 2016

Workers and unions participating in the St. Catharines annual Labour Day parade, gather at the
on Monday  in the Pen Centre parking lot at 9:30 a.m. 
The parade procession starts at 11:00 a.m. and is heading into Merritton.

The Niagara Regional Labour Council will be joined by CUPE Council, the Niagara Workers Activist Group [NWAG], and Postal Workers.  About 10-12 labour unions will be participating.
The NRLC and NWAG contingents will be  distributing flyers for the October 1st Rally for Decent Work at Queen's Park,  organized by the Fight for $15 and Fairness campaign and the OFL's Make it Fair campaign. 

The fight to ban asbestos continues

The NRLC's  Renee Guay and Chris Grawey will be making a presentation on Tuesday, September 6th at the Niagara Regional Headquarters (Campbell West) with regard to the asbestos ban. The meeting begins at 1:00 p.m.

Fort Erie the fifth to pass anti-TPP motion

At Fort Erie’s Town Council meeting tonight, two NRLC Vice Presidents, Bruce Allen and Chris Grawey, made a presentation with regard to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The NRLC’s motion was passed by Council. It states that Council will send a letter to the Minister of International Trade and local MPs stating that the Trans-Pacific Partnership in its present form cannot be supported. Fort Erie is now the 5th municipality in Niagara to do so. The motion was moved by Councillor Marina Butler and seconded by Councillor George McDermott. The only Councillor opposed was Kimberly Zanko.

Latest news on fight against TPP

The NRLC continues to voice opposition to Trans Pacific Partnership [TPP] at city councils. Tonight,
at Port Colborne’s City Council meeting, the NRLC's submission regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was supported unanimously by Council.
The resolution passed by Council states that the City opposes the TPP in its current form. In addition, the City will send a letter to the Minister of International Trade and our local MP stating such. 
Port Colborne is now the 5th City in the Region to vote in favour of the resolution and send the letter opposing the TPP to the Minister of International Trade and the local MP. The 4 other cities in Niagara are St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Welland, and Thorold.

NRLC takes a stand on repression of sex workers in St. Catharines

The Executive Committee passed a motion to oppose recent police crackdown on sex workers at a St. Catharines neighbourhood. The Council added its name to a letter* authored by activists and concerned citizens.

*We are writing as members of the St. Catharines community to express the anger and grave concern we feel in response to the recent "crackdown" on sex workers along Gale Crescent and in the surrounding neighbourhood. While all genders do sex work, Indigenous and racialized women and LGBTQ youth are overrepresented among survival sex workers, and it is especially disturbing to see these arrests target women doing street-based sex work. We demand that the arrest of sex workers in our community be stopped immediately, that the release conditions for arrested sex workers be dropped and that no other targeted criminalization measures (e.g., ticketing) be taken.

 Read the whole letter here. It is a public document, if signed, the signature will be saved automatically. 

NRLC advocates banning asbestos

NRLC delegates will make a presentation to the Public Health and Social Services Standing Committee for the Niagara Region on September 6th with regard to the asbestos ban. They will present the resolution which passed successfully in St. Catharines; it includes a letter to be sent to the federal government. 
During the presentation, we will ask that the Mayors and Councillors from each municipality bring the resolution/letter to their respective Councils to be passed.