Throughout its history, the Winnipeg Labour Council has relied on its newsletter, Labour Ink, to share the news and views of the Council. Over the past number of years, this has fallen to the wayside. We believe communication with our affiliates is important and we believe getting back to our roots is important. Our goal is to produce Labour Ink on a quarterly basis filled with information relevant to the labour movement and civic politics.
In this issue, Winnipeg Labour Council David Sauer writes about the recent Canadian Labour Congress Political Action Conference and the role of the WLC in political action in Winnipeg. There is also an article that looks at the background and significance of May Day and the event planned for Winnipeg on May 1. Click here to read the newsletter.
The Winnipeg Labour Council (WLC) is this region's "House of Labour", or central labour body. Just as workers unite in a union to protect their rights, union locals unite in the Labour Council to further their aims and objectives. The WLC promotes the goals of the labour movement in Winnipeg at the municipal level
Since it was founded in 1894, the Labour Council has served and represented workers in Winnipeg. A history of the first hundred years of the Winnipeg Labour Council is the subject of a booklet, which you can download here in PDF format (35 pages, 630 kb).
The Labour Council's 73 affiliated union locals reflect the whole spectrum of organized labour in Canada. Public and private sector, clerical, service and industrial workers join together through the Labour Council to give a voice to their concerns.
Directly chartered by the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) and affiliated to the Manitoba Federation of Labour (MFL), the Council speaks out as labour's voice on municipal, provincial and national issues and promotes the social and economic welfare of workers and all Canadians. It is this body that the CLC and MFL turn to in order to carry out their policies in the community.
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