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.
Labour Council Activities
The Labour Council is involved in a number of service-oriented projects on an ongoing basis. It appoints labour representatives to the Social Planning Council and the United Way, to name a few.
Programs sponsored by the WLC include the Labour Community Services that was established as a joint Labour Council/United Way venture. Labour Community Services trains unionists to be union counsellors providing peer-counselling and liaison services for workers requiring assistance from community social services. It is labour's link to the social services and social justice movement in the Winnipeg area.
Each local union votes to join the Labour Council, to which it pays a monthly dues allotment of 45 cents per member per month. Each local is entitled to send delegates to the Labour Council meetings held on the third Tuesday of each month, except July and August. At the meetings, delegates from the various locals report on matters affecting their membership - and learn about issues affecting local unions in the Winnipeg area. The Winnipeg Labour Council (WLC) Executive Board is comprised of 10 members.
Approximately 45,000 members of affiliated unions in the Winnipeg area are entitled to participate in Labour Council activities - and are encouraged to do so. WLC Membership meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month (except July and August) at 6:30 p.m.
If your local union is not affiliated with the Labour Council, speak to your union executive about becoming affiliated. Your support and participation in the Labour Council will help strengthen the voice of labour in the Winnipeg region.
For more information, please call the Winnipeg Labour Council at 942-0522 - or contact us.
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