OFL Workers' Rights Campaign Regional Meeting

The Ontario Federation of Labour has partnered with the Canadian Labour Congress, local labour councils and affiliates across the province to launch a campaign to educate workers about Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak’s plans to strip worker rights and advance a low wage economy.

The campaign will begin with a series of Urgent All Unions, All Locals Regional Meetings directed at labour council delegates, all local union leaders, local executive board members, committee members, stewards, activists, retirees and staff. These meetings will give labour leaders the tools to engage an active campaign in their workplaces and neighbourhoods about the threat that Hudak’s plans pose for the livelihoods of every worker in Ontario, whether unionized or not.

A regional meeting is being held:
When: March 27, 6pm Dinner, 7pm meeting begins.
Where: Unifor Hall, 124 Bunting Rd, St. Catharines
Please RSVP to nrlc.clc@gmail.com

Labour Council endorses NDP in Niagara Falls byelection

The Niagara Regional Labour Council has endorsed the NDP candidate, Wayne Gates, in the byelection for the Niagara Falls riding which will take place on February 13th.

Update: Wayne Gates has been elected as the Niagara Falls MPP!

The Niagara Falls riding includes Niagara Falls, Fort Erie, and Niagara-on-the-Lake.  Wayne's web site is at http://waynegates.com/

Campaign office contact information:

Niagara Falls:
3770 Montrose Road, Unit 1A

Fort Erie:
401-B Garrison Road

358 Mary St., Unit 4

Twitter: @Wayne_Gates
Facebook: Wayne_Gates

If you can take a lawn sign, contribute financially, or volunteer for the campaign it would be much appreciated.  Remember, though, the most important thing to do is make sure you and every like-minded person you know gets out to vote on February 13th!

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
Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
6:30 pm
Open to all interested parties
Unifor 199 (CAW) Hall C
124 Bunting Road, St. Catharines

Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage

Are you concerned about the growing poverty levels in our communities? Want to do something about it? Then join us!

Saturday November 9th, 2013
Guest speaker: Pam Frache,
Minimum Wage Campaign
Club Capri, 36 Cleveland, Thorold

For more information please contact info@niagaracommonfront.ca
or call 905-932-1646

Minimum wage in Ontario has been frozen at $10.25 for three years.  There is a campaign to raise the minimum wage to $14.00/hour at http://raisetheminimumwage.ca/ in order to help bring workers and their families above the poverty line.  Visit the web site to send tweets and e-mails to Premier Wynne, and to learn more about the campaign.

Ontario workers are struggling to get by working 2 or 3 low paying jobs. No one should work full
time and yet still live in poverty. The minimum wage has been frozen at $10.25 for three years and there has been a large increase in the number of people living in poverty.

Minimum Wage

Low Income Measure (1)

% Below LIM


$10.25 per hour

$18,655 per year (2)

$ 21,772 per year



$10.25 per hour

$18,655 per year (2)

$ 23,105 per year (3)


1) Statistics Canada " Low Income Lines 2011-2012" June 2013

2) Based on a 35 hour work week.

3) Based on an estimated two percent increase in CPI each year since 2010. The actual increase in the Ontario all items CPI was 3.1 percent in 2011, 1.4 percent in 2012 and is not available for 2013.

An increase in the minimum wage to $14.00 in 2013 would bring workers and their families 10% above the poverty line – and a commitment to annual cost-of-living adjustments.  

Toronto Star editorial: Don't Wait, Boost the minimum wage

Bill C-377 Returns to Parliament. Take action!

After the vote amending Bill C-377 in the Senate, the Canadian Labour Congress hoped that the government would at least give pause and think about the implications of legislation that was poorly written, discriminatory and unconstitutional.

However, it appears that notwithstanding the message from the Senate and the report and
recommendations of the Banking, Trade and Commerce Committee, which heard from many witnesses opposed to the bill, the government is still prepared to push the bill through Parliament.

We are asking you to call the Senators listed below and urge them to carefully consider the purpose of  the bill, its discriminatory and unconstitutional nature and vote to defeat Bill C-377.

Flyer with list of Senators

Activists Appreciation Awards Dinner December 5th

The Niagara Regional Labour Council will be hosting its annual Activists Appreciation Awards Dinner on December 5, 2013.  It will be held at the UNIFOR (CAW) Hall at 124 Bunting Rd, St. Catharines commencing at 5:30pm.  Tickets are $30.00 each.

This is an event to express appreciation for the hard work that Union Health and Safety, Social Justice, political activists, and committee members do.  It is sponsored by the Workers' Health and Safety Centre and the Niagara Regional Labour Council.

Four awards will be presented at the dinner:

The Health and Safety Activist Award, sponsored by the Workers' Health and Safety Centre.
The Occupational Disease Response Team Activist Award, sponsored by the Ontario Federation of Labour.
The Eric Blair Social Activist Award, sponsored by the Niagara Regional Labour Council.
The Peter Kormos Political Activist Award, sponsored by the Niagara Regional Labour Council

To nominate an individual, e-mail nrlc.clc@gmail.com for the nomination form and further information on the nomination process.  Nominations are due by November 1st, 2013.

Ticket Order Form

Take Back The Night 2013

Take Back the Night takes place on September 19th, 2013.  Event begins at 6:30pm at the St. Catharines Central Library.

Join us as we rally, march and unite in solidarity to challenge rape culture and promote a future without sexual violence.  This years theme "Find Your Voice" reaches out to both survivors and bystanders to take an active stance in breaking the cycle of sexual violence.  Open to all ages, sexes and genders.

Event Poster