Workers Rights and $15 Min Wage

Join us Monday, May 11, 2015 to find out and to share your experiences about jobs and working conditions in our communities in Niagara. We don’t want to just talk – we want action to make jobs decent! 

Date: Monday, May 11, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm
Place: Goodwill Stokes Community Village, 36 Page Street, St. Catharines

Among the agenda is Organizing for Day of Action May 22. Click here for details.


On Tuesday, April 28, the NRLC  holds ceremonies at monuments dedicated to fallen workers at nine locations in the region. Join the workers, activists and community members to commemorate workers killed on the job and be reminded of the work that lies ahead in making working conditions safe for all workers.

Schedule of ceremonies on Day Of Mourning April 28, Tuesday:
  • 8:00 a.m. in St. Catharines at the monument dedicated to four fallen workers under the St. Catharines Skyway. Located on the Welland Canal Parkway – west side of the canal under the bridge.
  • 9:00 a.m. Niagara-on-the-Lake, Centennial Arena, 1557 Four Mile Creek Road in Virgil.
  • 10:00 a.m. Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls City Hall – 4310 Queen Street. 
  • 11:00 a.m.  Fort Erie City Hall, 1 Municipal Centre Drive along Highway #3
  • 12:30 p.m. Port Colborne, H.H. Knoll Park on Sugarloaf Street beside the hospital.
  • 1:30 p.m. Welland,  Merritt Park – 151 King Street.
  • 2:30 p.m. Port Robinson Esquire Canada explosion site (1999) – 125 South Street North. In memory of Robyn Lafleur.  
  • 3:30 p.m. St. Catharines, Memorial Park, 6 St. Paul St. West
  • 4:30 p.m. Niagara Region, Region of Niagara Headquarters – 2201 St. David's Road
See the Workers Health and Safety Centre's brochure listing Niagara ceremonies here .
For a MSWord list click here.
For a  list of speakers here.

Mourn for the dead,
fight for the living,


Members of OPSEU 294 need help boosting their picket line on Saturday April 25th.

Their union is holding a townhall Saturday April 25 from 1-3 pm at the Holiday Inn on Ontario Street in St. Catharines, a meeting with community members and patients. 

They need bodies on their picket line while some of them attend the townhall.

Labour Niagara, rise! Help the nurses to win a fair contract!

Come to do some solidarity picketing between 12 noon and 4 pm on Saturday 25th at 149 Hartzel Rd. St. Catharines. 


Are you concerned about low paying and unstable jobs in our communities? 

If so, join us Monday, April 27th 2015 to find out and to share your experiences about jobs and working conditions in our communities in Niagara. We don’t want to just talk – we want action to make jobs decent!

Monday, April 27, 2015
6:00 pm - light meal provided
Goodwill Stokes Community Village
36 Page Street
St. Catharines
Speaker: Deena Ladd, Toronto Worker’s Action Centre, will be sharing ideas from their latest report Still Working on the Edge for action and news on the Fight for $15 minimum wage and Fairness.


A message from Bob Holder, President, OPSEU Local 243 

Sisters and Brothers,

Local 294, CarePartners, has been on strike for 5 days.  They need our help.  The employer is bringing in scab labour and is using extreme bullying tactics.  They have hired security to photograph and video tape our members.  This group of home care nurses and admin support have been fighting for 20 months to get a first contract.  The CEO, Linda Knight, has shown only disrespect. 
Please consider making a donation, joining their picket line, and/or contacting the CEO-tell her to get back to the table and bargain a fair contract!

Donations can be made out to: 
OPSEU Local 294 and sent to the Niagara Regional Office-2285 Highway 20 East, Fonthill, L0H 1E6
  Picket Line Location:

                     149 Hartzel Rd, St. Catharines

                              7am - 5pm
                            7 days a week

MAY 1 is International Workers Day and....

the Niagara Labour Council's FIFTH ANNIVERSARY!

It couldn't be a better day chosen for the amalgamation of the three regional councils in 2010. Here is an invitation. Come and celebrate the five years of struggle for better working conditions in the Niagara region!


May 1, 2015
at Club Capri, 36 Cleveland St, Thorold
Time:       6:00 – 7: 00 pm        Meet and Greet
 7:00 – 10:00 pm        Dinner

Speakers include Sid Ryan, President, Ontario Federation of Labour, and  Marie Clarke Walker   Executive Vice President Canadian Labour Congress