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Statement from Bea Bruske: Banning scab labour is about protecting workers’ rights

February 27, 2024
Ottawa – The labour movement gets to celebrate another victory today with the vote on…
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Statement from Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress on the news about NDP/Liberal negotiations on pharmacare:

February 23, 2024
“This is a BIG deal. We are very encouraged by the news that the Liberals…
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AFFILIATES: February 20th at 6pm. It’s election time!

February 18, 2024
Send your nominations to barrielabourcouncil@gmail.com Details on who can vote and who can run are…
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International Women’s Day-March 8th

February 14, 2024
The Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie present: Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie wrap…
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Statement by Bea Bruske: Conservatives stand against workers

February 7, 2024
OTTAWA—Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, released the following statement: Canadians are witnessing…
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The world won’t wait for Canada to act

February 5, 2024
By Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, and Chris Severson-Baker, Executive Director of…
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Statement by Bea Bruske: Canada’s unions are calling out Alberta Premier’s attempt to use trans and gender-diverse children, youth and adults to score political points

February 1, 2024
“Premier Smith recently announced sweeping policy proposals that would undermine the inclusion, well-being and safety…
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BHM: Canada’s unions honour the past to help shape the future

February 1, 2024
This Black History Month, Canada’s unions are celebrating the history and legacy of Black community…
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Canada’s unions mark January 29 with a call to action

January 29, 2024
Canada’s unions demand immediate action from the federal government to put an end to the…
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Canada’s unions urge MPs to address workers as we head into a new year

January 29, 2024
Bruske: Workers are calling on MPs for relief from the relentless cost-of-living crisis OTTAWA––As MPs…
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Canada’s unions support Argentinian national strike

January 24, 2024
The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), which represents 3 million workers across Canada, together with the…
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While governments talk, patients face endless waits and health workers are burning out

January 18, 2024
OTTAWA – A triple-demic of flu, RSV and COVID has left patients facing some of…
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Workers to MPs: Either stand with us or the rich business lobby

January 17, 2024
By Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress as published in iPolitics Conservative leader…
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CLC Executive Committee reiterates its support for ITUC’s call for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza

January 16, 2024
At its meeting in Ottawa last week, the executive committee of the Canadian Labour Congress…
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Canada’s unions mourn the passing of Ed Broadbent

January 11, 2024
Bruske: “Ed made this a better country for its working people. We’ll honour his memory…
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EXTENDED – Permanent Residence for “Out-of-Status” Construction Workers in the GTA, 2024

January 3, 2024
Update The Permanent Residence for “Out-of-Status” Construction Workers in the GTA Public Policy will be…
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This Holiday Season Don’t Shop Sobeys. Take Action Instead.

December 23, 2023
Support the SEIU Local 2 strike line. For more information visit http://www.PetesOnStrike.ca Everyone deserves fair…
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Canada’s unions: Migrant workers in Canada deserve equal rights, protections

December 18, 2023
Canada’s unions are marking International Migrants Day by calling for greater protections and improved conditions…
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Statement from Bea Bruske: Poilievre’s Conservatives blocking priority bills for workers

December 14, 2023
OTTAWA––Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, released the following statement: “Canada’s unions are…
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Canada’s unions release roadmap for workers to see a path forward in Canada’s changing economy

December 14, 2023
OTTAWA––The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) has partnered with the Pembina Institute to release the second…
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Canada’s unions welcome the expansion of Canadian Dental Care Plan

December 11, 2023
OTTAWA – Canada’s unions welcome the next phase of the Canadian Dental Care Plan –…
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Statement on the release of the Employment Equity Task Force Report

December 11, 2023
Canada’s unions welcome the release of the report of the Government of Canada’s Employment Equity Act…
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Canada’s unions: confronting hate is a shared responsibility

December 10, 2023
This International Human Rights Day, Canada’s unions are calling on governments and individuals to collectively…
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Never Again: Canada’s Unions Mark December 6 with Call to End Gender-Based Violence

December 6, 2023
Canada’s unions are marking the 34th anniversary of the attack at École Polytechnique in Montreal…
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Canada’s unions welcome the federal government’s new advisory table giving a much-needed voice to workers

December 5, 2023
President Bea Bruske: It is crucial that governments listen to workers—they are the engine of…
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To address the ongoing affordability crisis, Parliamentarians should support Bill C-56 and back unions to counterbalance corporate power

December 5, 2023
By Dr. DT Cochrane, Senior Economist at the Canadian Labour Congress as published in The…
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Workers with disabilities must be included in Canada’s sustainable jobs plan

December 3, 2023
As the global community marks International Day for Persons with Disabilities, Canada’s unions call on…
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Angelo Tocco – Winner of the 2023 Carol McGregor CLC Disability Rights Award

December 3, 2023
December 3 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities—which aims to promote awareness and…
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Canada’s Unions at COP28: Shaping a Sustainable Future for Workers

December 1, 2023
Bruske: Canadian and global leaders must ensure workers are supported in shift to a net-zero…
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Workers mobilize on the Hill to urge MPs to act as families continue to struggle

November 28, 2023
Bruske: Workers are calling on MPs for urgent action on pharmacare and two key pieces…
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Violence and harassment should never be “just part of the job”

November 25, 2023
Canada’s unions are calling on the federal government to urgently address third-party violence and harassment…
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We speak up against Gender-based Violence.

November 25, 2023
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OFL Convention

November 25, 2023
A huge thank you to President Michele MacDonald for representing our Labour Council at the…
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Families paying too high a price for tough economic times

November 21, 2023
OTTAWA – Canada’s unions welcome progress on housing affordability in the federal Fall Economic Statement…
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Stop making those with the least bear the burden of tough economic times

November 20, 2023
By Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress as published in The Hill Times…
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Trans Equality Now: Canada’s unions call for urgent action

November 20, 2023
Canada’s unions mark Trans Day of Remembrance (TDOR) by calling on the federal government to…
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Fiscal Update Must Put Workers and Families First

November 15, 2023
Bruske: A balanced approach starts with making profitable corporations pay their fair share so the…
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Rally of Support

November 12, 2023
A coalition of humanitarian, civil society, faith, and labour organizations is calling on their members,…
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Canada’s unions welcome anti-scab legislation

November 9, 2023
OTTAWA – Canada’s unions welcome Labour Minister, Seamus O’Regan’s introduction of Bill C-58, legislation to…
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Quebec public sector strike: François Legault’s government must table acceptable offers

November 6, 2023
MONTREAL – Canada’s unions stand in solidarity with the 420,000 striking Front commun workers and…
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Affordable Housing Survey

November 1, 2023
If you live in the Barrie area, click on this 4 question survey on affordable…
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International Day of Care and Support: Care workers deserve care too

October 29, 2023
Canada’s unions are marking the first International Day of Care with a call for greater…
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Join the storm. 1 minute action.

October 29, 2023
Let’s call for investments in quality, public care and decent work for care workers. Click…
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Bank of Canada holds rates steady but more needs to be done for working people

October 25, 2023
Bruske: Workers are at breaking point amidst affordability crisis OTTAWA–Canada’s unions welcome today’s Bank of…
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Former Health Ministers join experts, patients and care providers in calling for universal pharmacare

October 21, 2023
By Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress; Doug Roth, Chief Executive Officer of…
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Canada’s unions: Solidarity against government overreach. We must stop these politicians who continuously trample our rights

October 20, 2023
Bruske: Canada’s unions strongly oppose Scott Moe’s use of the notwithstanding clause.  Canada’s unions are…
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Hate Has No Place Here!

October 15, 2023
On October 21, 2023, the ultra conservative right have planned another nationwide events to protest…
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CLC Supported International Trade Union Confederation Statement on the Middle East

October 13, 2023
The ITUC calls for an immediate ceasefire by all parties and the return of all…
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Government, workers and businesses must come together to win the low-carbon economic transition

October 11, 2023
By Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress as published in iPolitics  Today Canada…
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Canada’s Unions Launch “A Future That Works” Campaign: Good Jobs for a Sustainable Tomorrow

October 10, 2023
Bruske: Workers have the solutions to create good jobs and tackle climate change. OTTAWA—Canada’s unions…
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World Day for Decent Work: Workers’ contributions should be rewarded appropriately

October 7, 2023
Canada’s unions mark World Day for Decent Work by calling on the governments to invest…
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Hate and intolerance not winning propositions

October 4, 2023
By Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress as published in The Hill Times…
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Hate is a Losing Proposition

October 4, 2023
Bruske: Manitobans choose the NDP’s positive change over Conservative intolerance WINNIPEG—Canadian Labour Congress President Bea…
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Hear the Truths

October 1, 2023
September 30 is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. It is a day to remember…
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Federal government must do more to fulfill its promises on reconciliation

September 30, 2023
Canada’s unions are marking the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day…
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Canada’s unions release sustainable jobs blueprint

September 29, 2023
OTTAWA––The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) has partnered with the Pembina Institute to develop a blueprint…
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New Democrats and leader Wab Kinew offering stronger health care and the positive change Manitobans need

September 27, 2023
WINNIPEG – With the health care crisis getting worse and so many families struggling to…
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Alberta Premier Danielle Smith gambling with workers’ futures

September 22, 2023
Canada’s unions are voicing strong concerns about Conservative Alberta Premier, Danielle Smith’s playing politics with…
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Statement from Bea Bruske: Canada’s unions reaffirm support for 2SLGBTQI+ community

September 20, 2023
I am alarmed by recent policy decisions from the governments of New Brunswick and Saskatchewan…
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International Equal Pay Day: Canada’s Unions Call for an Integrated, Long-term Care Workforce strategy

September 18, 2023
Whether it’s health care, child care, long-term care, or community and social services, care sectors…
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Sept 20-Our Statement Against Hate

September 17, 2023
Hate Has No Place Here! On September 20, 2023, the ultra conservative right have planned…
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A Huge Thank You From Team BDLC!

September 17, 2023
Thank you to everyone who donated to Team BDLC for the Walk A Mile Event.…
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Canada’s unions: Negligent employers on notice with 3-year prison sentence

September 14, 2023
In a direct message to employers who fail to ensure the health and safety of…
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As Parliament returns, people feel the pain from high prices, a slowing economy

September 14, 2023
OTTAWA–Squeezed family budgets, a worsening economy and preparing Canada for the global transition to a…
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Bank of Canada and Governments Must Put Well-Being of Workers and Families First

September 6, 2023
OTTAWA–Canada’s unions welcome today’s Bank of Canada decision not to raise rates further but warned…
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Canada’s Unions Celebrate Labour Day by Lifting Everyone Up

September 5, 2023
OTTAWA – Members of the labour movement gather today in communities across Canada to mark…
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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Event

September 5, 2023
TEAM BDLC will be walking for the Barrie Women & Children’s Shelter. Please join us…
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Poilievre and the Conservatives can’t be trusted to stand up for workers

September 2, 2023
Bruske: Poilievre loud on rhetoric, but silent on his real agenda OTTAWA––With his lengthy anti-worker…
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Carol McGregor CLC Disability Rights Award

September 1, 2023
Nominations are now open! Every year on December 3, the International Day of Persons with…
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Brace yourself for the great ‘Stefansmear’ campaign of 2023

September 1, 2023
Stefanson hopes to scare you into voting for broken Conservative promises By Bea Bruske, President…
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PHONE ZAP: Tonight. Join Us.

August 21, 2023
Provided by Justice For Workers in Bradford. Click the link to register, join, and come…
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The Labour Day Picnic is almost here! Are you participating? Did you reserve your booth space? Fill out your application today! Click on the resources tab.

August 17, 2023
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Workers Eager to Contribute to National Electricity Grid Plan

August 8, 2023
OTTAWA – Canada’s unions applaud the federal government’s release of a vision for a net-zero…
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Statement from Bea Bruske on Alberta’s decision to halt new sustainable energy projects

August 3, 2023
Bruske: Move to suspend approvals on new wind and solar projects is a setback we…
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Emancipation Day: Canada’s unions demand stronger measures to address systemic racism

August 1, 2023
As we mark Emancipation Day on August 1, it’s important that all people in Canada…
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UPDATE: Join Us in Bradford Once Again.

July 31, 2023
We will be standing in solidarity with CUPE Local 905 Library Workers on Tuesday August…
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We will be joining Local 905 Library Workers strike line in Bradford. Join us in solidarity on Friday July 28 at 9:30 am. Bring your flags.

July 25, 2023
Help the workers virtually by signing the petition. Click the link to find out more.
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GOVERNMENTS MUST SEARCH FOR INDIGENOUS WOMEN’S REMAINS

July 19, 2023
INDIGENOUS MMIWG2S PEOPLES ARE NOT WORTHLESS WINNIPEG—Canadian Labour Congress President Bea Bruske, with the support…
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CLC condemns harassment of Hong Kong trade union activists and leaders

July 14, 2023
The Canadian Labour Congress, representing 3 million Canadian workers, condemns the Hong Kong administration for…
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Premiers commit to meeting on health care crisis but the need for urgent action remains

July 12, 2023
WINNIPEG–Canadian Labour Congress President Bea Bruske expressed disappointment that Canada’s premiers didn’t make more progress…
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Another rate hike is bad news for workers and families

July 12, 2023
WINNIPEG–Canadian Labour Congress President Bea Bruske reacted with concern to the Bank of Canada’s decision…
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National, provincial and territorial labour leaders voice strong opposition to back-to-work legislation in ILWU job action against the BC Maritime Employers Association (BCME)

July 11, 2023
In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister, labour leaders from across the country reiterated…
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Workers to Premiers: Act Now to Fix Health Care, Create Sustainable Jobs and Make Life More Affordable

July 10, 2023
WINNIPEG—Canadian Labour Congress President Bea Bruske has written to Canada’s premiers outlining workers’ priorities for…
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Statement by Bea Bruske on the Port of Vancouver Strike

July 6, 2023
Bruske: The most durable deal is the one negotiated at the bargaining table OTTAWA –…
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Workers Looking for Premiers to Act on Health Care, Affordability and Sustainable Jobs

July 6, 2023
WINNIPEG—Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, will be available to talk about what…
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Statement from Canadian and Québec labour unions in solidarity with the family and colleagues of Shahidul Islam

June 30, 2023
The Canadian and Québec Labour movement, joining workers around the globe, condemn the brutal murder…
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Canada’s unions congratulate Leo Gerard on Order of Canada appointment

June 30, 2023
Statement from CLC President Bea Bruske on the appointment of USW International President Emeritus, Leo…
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Unions celebrate new Canada Disability Benefit

June 26, 2023
Canada’s unions are celebrating the passage of Bill C-22, the Canada Disability Benefit Act, after…
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Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples requires ongoing commitment and action

June 21, 2023
Canada’s unions are marking National Indigenous People’s Day by reaffirming our steadfast commitment to advancing…
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Bruske: How Canada can create sustainable jobs as we shift to a low-carbon future

June 19, 2023
By Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress as published in the Ottawa Citizen…
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Canada’s unions: Domestic workers deserve to be seen, supported and protected

June 16, 2023
As we mark International Domestic Workers’ Day on June 16, Canada’s unions are urging the…
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Canada’s unions alarmed and concerned by the layoff of 1,300 Bell workers

June 15, 2023
Bruske: The timing of these layoffs couldn’t be worse. Now more than ever, we need…
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Canada’s unions: Canadian Sustainable Jobs Act an unprecedented opportunity for collaboration

June 14, 2023
Bruske: Workers, unions, industry, and governments must work together on climate change OTTAWA – Canada’s…
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Bea Bruske: Bank of Canada’s rate hike a further blow to working people

June 7, 2023
Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, released the following statement in response to…
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Pride 2023: Together always, united in our diversity

June 1, 2023
Canada’s unions are celebrating 2023 Pride season, “Together Always, United in Our Diversity” by standing…
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Urgent action needed to end homophobic and
transphobic violence at work

May 17, 2023
Gender-diverse workers in Canada are still facing disproportionately high rates of violence and harassment in…
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Simcoe County Health Coalition Needs You to Vote NO

May 13, 2023
Please make your opinion heard! This is a citizen-run referendum on the Ontario government’s plan…
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Fighting for Workers’ Rights: Canada’s Unions Lift Everyone Up

May 12, 2023
Bruske: This is a pivotal moment in our labour movement. We need to organize to…
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Canada’s unions demand meaningful enforcement of the Westray Law

May 9, 2023
May 9, 2023, marks the 31st anniversary of the Westray disaster that killed 26 miners…
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Canada’s Unions: Lifting Everyone Up

May 5, 2023
Thousands of union activists to gather in Montréal to tackle pressing issues facing workers MONTRÉAL––…
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May Day: Strong Unions Build Worker Power

May 1, 2023
Canada’s unions mark May Day by celebrating worker power and the contributions that workers and…
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Jewish labour activism vital in fight against discrimination in Canada

April 30, 2023
The Jewish community has been a big part of Canadian labour history, and has played…
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Celebrating the contributions of Asian-Canadian workers to Canada’s labour history

April 30, 2023
Asian-Canadian workers have played an integral role in shaping Canadian labour history. But members of…
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Canada’s unions call for enhanced mental health supports during Mental Health Week

April 28, 2023
As National Mental Health Week begins, many workers – especially women, racialized workers, 2SLGBTQI+ workers,…
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Day of Mourning 2023: Workers’ empowerment key to workplace health and safety

April 28, 2023
As unions across Canada mark the National Day of Mourning, the Canadian Labour Congress wants…
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Never again: Canada’s unions mark 10 years since the Rana Plaza factory collapse

April 24, 2023
On April 24, workers in Bangladesh and across the globe will gather to mark the…
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Earth Day 2023: Canada’s unions call on governments to put workers and communities first

April 21, 2023
This year’s Earth Day theme, Invest in Our Planet, is a timely reminder of the…
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Canada’s unions reinforce strong opposition to any attempt to force federal public service workers back to work

April 19, 2023
OTTAWA – Canada’s unions reiterate their strong opposition to any attempt by the federal government…
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Statement by Bea Bruske: Senators vote to put workers and pensioners before big banks and wealthy CEOs

April 19, 2023
Bruske: Passage of pension protection Bill C-228 is a win for workers and plan members…
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Statement from Bea Bruske: Canada’s unions stand in solidarity with federal public service workers’ right to strike

April 19, 2023
Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, released the following statement in solidarity with…
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April 28, 2023

April 16, 2023
Join us for our candlelight ceremony at 6 pm by the Barrie City Hall flagpoles.…
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Statement from Bea Bruske: Canada’s unions stand in solidarity with federal public service workers

April 15, 2023
Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, released the following statement in solidarity with…
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Press Conference-Tue Apr 18

April 15, 2023
Join the Simcoe County Health Coalition at noon at their press conference. Let’s stop this…
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April 18, 2023

April 15, 2023
AFFILIATES: Join us for our next general meeting. Tuesday April 18 at 6 pm. Virtual.…
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Statement from Bea Bruske: To uphold refugee rights, Canada must suspend the Safe Third Country Agreement

April 4, 2023
OTTAWA––Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, released the following statement today:  “On Refugee…
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Budget 2023: Progress for workers but only scratches the surface of pressing crises

March 28, 2023
Bruske: Workers will benefit from good, sustainable jobs but budget falls short on affordability and…
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CLC President Bea Bruske available to react to budget

March 27, 2023
OTTAWA – Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), will be available to…
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Tampon Tuesday & Men’s Drive

March 23, 2023
We asked you to help us make this the best drive yet. You did! Thank…
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March 21, 2023

March 16, 2023
AFFILIATES: Join us for our next general meeting. Tuesday March 21 at 6 pm. Virtual.…
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Another Drive & Drop Event-Be A Part of It

March 14, 2023
Tuesday March 21 between 11 am – 4 pm. Barrie. 3 great organizations. One Drive…
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International Women’s Day 2023

March 8, 2023
Celebrate women in labour. Join one of our events today.
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International Women’s Day Events – March 8, 2023

March 5, 2023
Two great free in-person events. Come and join the celebration! https://barrieshelter.com/ BDLC was busy today.…
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Enough is Enough

February 26, 2023
Find out more by clicking on the link. Sign up. Stay informed. https://wesayenough.ca/
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SUPPORT ONA Local 134 AT:

February 20, 2023
Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie. Thursday February 23, 2023 from 1am-1pm. Contact Char Lameront-ONA BU President/Local…
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February 21, 2023

February 20, 2023
AFFILIATES: Join us for our next general meeting on Tuesday at 6pm. Please check your…
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Tampon Tuesday #challenge

February 10, 2023
Here we go again! Collecting for the Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie. Let’s make…
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Community Outreach Project

December 20, 2022
A cold day as members of BDLC walked through #downtownbarrie handing out donated items to…
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Community Outreach Project

November 30, 2022
Let’s walk together to distribute warm outer wear to those who need it in downtown…
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Our 2022 Health & Safety Awards Dinner

November 20, 2022
In partnership with the Workers Health and Safety Centre we held our Awards dinner in…
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OSBCU Rally-MPP Downey’s Sat Nov 12

November 9, 2022
You know what to do and don’t forget your signs and flags. Solidarity doesn’t end…
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Solidarity with Striking Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1587.

November 9, 2022
In Barrie, stand with ATULocal1587 at Allandale Station 2:30 am – 9:30 am Monday –…
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BDLC Stands Against Bullies (Ford) And In Solidarity With CUPE

November 4, 2022
Here is some of what that stand looks like:
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We rally against Bill 28!

November 4, 2022
It’s a sad day in Ontario when the Ford government takes away the Constitutional rights…
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Tell Ford: Hands off workers’ rights!

October 31, 2022
Doug Ford’s government is launching a full-frontal attack on basic labour freedoms in Ontario. Education…
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Municipal Election – October 24, 2022 – endorsement

October 21, 2022
Our Political Action Committee is working hard to bring you endorsed local municipal candidates. Introducing…
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Endorsed Candidates

October 20, 2022
UPDATED: Voting in your 2022 municipal election is easy, quick, and important! #YourVoiceYourVote #labourchallenge #vote
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Affiliates General Meeting

October 15, 2022
AFFILIATES: Join us on Tuesday October 18 at 6 pm for our general meeting. Guest…
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Municipal Election – October 24, 2022 – endorsement

October 7, 2022
Our Political Action Committee is working hard to bring you endorsed local municipal candidates. Introducing…
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Municipal Elections – October 24, 2022-endorsement

September 26, 2022
Our Political Action Committee is working hard to bring you endorsed local municipal candidates. Introducing…
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Walk A Mile In Her Shoes Event

September 11, 2022
BDLC was proud to participate once again in this important event for the Barrie Women…
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Our 2022 Labour Day Picnic

September 6, 2022
The event may be over but our appreciation for all the attending affiliates, volunteers, vendors,…
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Welcome Omar & Alex

August 24, 2022
Omar is currently a 4th year undergraduate student at Western University in London, Ontario. Prior to…
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May Day Rally 2022

August 2, 2022
BDLC affiliates are marking May Day at Meridian Place in Barrie by standing in solidarity…
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Day of Mourning April 28, 2022

August 2, 2022
This years event was held in person in Barrie at City Hall. It is the…
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Simcoe County OSSTF Pride Prom

August 2, 2022
This year we were one of the proud sponsors of the Simcoe County Secondary School…
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Tampon Tuesday

November 14, 2021
Our Women’s Committee is partnering with Community Members to sponsor another,  TAMPON TUESDAY! Convenient drive-through…
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Coldest Night of the Year 2020

May 26, 2020
Each year on or around February 22nd the Barrie and District Labour Council and its…
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