Archived Winnipeg Labour Council Stories

Public Investment Builds Better Futures
  -By Errol Black, Brandon City Councillor and Shauna MacKinnon, Director, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Manitoba The Red River Flooding of 2009 reminds us to pause and reflect on the importance of public investment in a community. The decision to invest in the Red River Floodway was initially made in the 1960s and it has paid off many times over since its completion in 1   Read More..

CUPE Supports Museum for Human Rights
  The Canadian Museum for Human Rights has received a substantial contribution from the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). At a ceremony in the Union Centre on May 7, CUPE's National President Paul Moist (on left in photo), accompanied by Kevin Rebeck, President CUPE Manitoba, presented a ceremonial cheque in the amount of $250,000 to Gail Asper, National Campaign Chair, Fr   Read More..

Employment Insurance Should be Election Issue
  Canadian Labour Congress President Ken Georgetti says that if Prime Minister Stephen Harper wants to fight an election over Employment Insurance he should "bring it on." Harper said recently that he's prepared to fight an election rather than accept Opposition party demands that would make it easier for unemployed workers to receive Employment Insurance. In response   Read More..

Bonnie Rivers Retiring
  After 19 years of continuous service to the Winnipeg labour movement in her support staff position with the Winnipeg Labour Council, Bonnie Rivers is retiring at the end of June. Her many years of service and dedication were recognized at a labour council meeting on June 16. It gave Winnipeg Labour Council delegates to say goodbye and good luck to sister Bonnie on her retirement.   Read More..

Food, Prizes, Fun
  The Winnipeg Labour Council once again hosted its annual MayWorks family picnic on Saturday, May 30, at Freight House Park, at Ross and Isabel. In a spring that has experienced a lot of cool, wet weather, it turned out to be a great day for a picnic, with about 150 people coming out to join in the fun.   All children who came to the picnic received hot dogs, balloons, in   Read More..

New Face at WLC
  Since the beginning of July, if you phoned the Winnipeg Labour Council office, you heard a new voice - if you walked into the office, you've seen a new face. Stephanie Mack is now the Administration Support person for the Labour Council. Born in Fredericton New Brunswick, her family moved to Manitoba in 1975. In Manitoba, her father, Pete Walker, would later spend 10 years as   Read More..

More Months Wasted with No EI Fix
  Unemployed workers are being badly hurt by the Liberals and Conservatives agreeing to delay needed improvements to Employment Insurance. The problems with EI are not something that needs to be studied by a working group that meet over the summer and consider changes to EI. "We know what has to be done to fix EI," says Ken Georgetti, Canadian Labour Congress president. &   Read More..

City Budget Not as Open as It Should be
- Jenny Gerbasi, Councillor Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry In politics you often hear a lot of talk about what your elected officials are hoping to do for our city. But the annual budget (if you can sort through the spin and rhetoric around it) can reveal what your City Council is really up to. Each year City Council must approve two separate budgets. The Capital budget contains longer term   Read More..

Walmarts Latest Anti-Union Tactic
  As part of UFCW Canada's effort to help Walmart workers enjoy the benefits of union membership, several years ago it launched a web site dedicated to providing Walmart 'associates' with the tools and knowledge they need to exercise their rights as workers in Canada. Walmart, the world's largest corporation, has reached a new low by filing for a court injunction to lim   Read More..

City Budget Has Positives - Disappointments
  - Jenny Gerbasi, Councillor Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry The City of Winnipeg's draft of the 2010 Capital Budget and 2011- 2015 Five Year Forecast was made publicon November 16. The Capital budget outlines the projects the city will do in areas such as streets, public transit, active transportation, water and waste infrastructure and civic buildings. There are clearly some   Read More..

Why we need anti-scab legislation in Manitoba
Errol Black and Jim Silver, CCPA The power imbalance between employers and workers has always been wide, and in recent decades has been growing wider. We can see this by the fact that average wages have been flat over the past 20 years - most Canadians have made no gains in real terms, while incomes of the top 10 percent of Canada's earners have soared, and inequalities have widened. Un   Read More..

Election Results in Several Changes
An election held at the Winnipeg Labour Council meeting on November 15, 2011, resulted in several changes in the WLC Executive. The election result saw Cathy Williams-Stewart moving from being an Member-at-Large to the position of 3rd Vice-President. Williams-Stewart, who is with CUPE 500, competed for the position with Patricia Masniuk from CUPW. Charlotte Prokopow, UFCW Local 832, was elected   Read More..

Waste Water Private Partnership Hazardous
  Last July, Winnipeg City Council passed a motion to create a Municipal Corporate Utility and asked the Province of Manitoba to pass a regulation under Section 212 of The City of Winnipeg Charter to establish the corporation. The justification for the new utility is the required - and much-needed - upgrades of the city's wastewater treatment plants, for which it is seeking to form   Read More..

Pelzers Letter to Selinger
  Dear Premier Selinger, On behalf of the 45,000 members of the Winnipeg Labour Council, I wish to congratulate you on your election as leader of the Manitoba NDP and Premier of our Province. The Winnipeg Labour Council will continue to lobby and press to move social justice issues forward and take no decisions of government for granted. We do however look forward to having a p   Read More..

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