Union solidarity is based on the principle that union members are equal and deserve mutual respect. Any behavior that creates conflict prevents us from working together to strengthen the labour movement.
As unionists, mutual respect, cooperation and understanding are our goals. We neither condone nor tolerate behavior that undermines the dignity or self-esteem of any individual or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.
Discriminatory speech or conduct which is racist, sexist, transphobic or homophobic hurts and divides us. So too, does the discrimination on the basis of disability age, class, religion, language and ethnic origin.
Sometimes discrimination takes the form of harassment. Harassment means using real or perceived power to abuse, devalue or humiliate. Harassment is not a joke. The uneasiness and resentment it creates are not feelings that help us grow in solidarity.
Discrimination and harassment focus on characteristics that make us different. They reduce our capacity to work together on shared concerns such as decent wages, safe working conditions, and justice in the workplace, society and in our unions.
The CLC’s policies and practices reflect our commitment to equality. This event is harassment free zone to ensure that the dignity and equality of all sisters and brothers is respected.
The Barrie and District Labour Council believes in solidarity and the power of collective action, that we are stronger together. The labour movement is an important part in helping make decisions and communications during this health and economic crisis. We call on all levels of government to ensure that workers have incomes they can count on during and after this crisis, childcare if they are able to work, work that is healthy and safe, and stable housing. We emphasize the need for continued social solidarity with the goal that no one is left behind during the crisis or afterwards.
Uncertain times are never easy. Our history as a labour movement and as Canadians shows time and again how together we can meet adversity. We have shared with neighbours and with complete strangers, protected the vulnerable, and sheltered those without a home. During the present COVID-19 health crisis, everyone of us will be challenged to be the best we can – generous, thoughtful and selfless. For more information please click on the link below.
BDLC’s Black Lives Matter Statement
Anti-Black racism runs deep but so does our commitment towards combating it. Canada’s Unions are expressing solidarity with Black communities everywhere, including in our own backyard. The Barrie and District Labour council is committed to fighting all forms of discrimination and is urgently calling for accountability and systemic change.
BDLC is a signatory of the Just Recovery Simcoe Group
The Barrie and District Labour Council is comprised of fifteen Labour Unions from Barrie and surrounding areas. We share common goals with Just Recovery Simcoe.
As we, the municipalities and the city of Barrie, move further into recovery it is important for our politicians to focus on key elements in their recovery plans.
1. Strengthen Public Health – The pandemic made it clear that we need a more resilient and comprehensive public health care system. Governments must make investments that will keep all of us safe, make life affordable, and ensure everyone has access to the health care they need.
2. Replace lost jobs with better ones – Millions of jobs were lost because of the pandemic. The economic shutdown had a disproportionate impact on women, racialized workers and Indigenous Peoples who face systemic barriers. Governments must make investments that guarantee a living wage for all workers, invest in green infrastructure, including public transit, clean and renewable energy, and energy efficient retrofits of buildings and homes. Support workers and industries that have been hardest hit. Finally, establish a “Buy Canadian” procurement policy.
3. Disaster-proof Canada’s social safety net – The pandemic exposed deep disparities and vulnerabilities in our social safety net. We can’t go back to business as usual. Governments must make investments that strengthen employment insurance, invest in a universal child care system, make housing more affordable and invest in skills training and post-secondary education so Canadians can get the skills and knowledge they need to find and keep good jobs.
As a country, province, and municipalities we have one chance to get recovery right.
The Barrie and District Labour Council, who hold our meetings on the traditional territories of the Anishnaabe, Ojibwe of Rama, and Christian Island and the ancestral home of the Wendat send our solidarity to the Six Nations land defenders at 1492 Landback Lane.
As a Labour Council, we represent working class people in the Barrie and surrounding areas, including many of whom are from Six Nations, other First Nations, Metis, or Inuit nations. While those of us who are settlers cannot fully comprehend the history of oppression and violence that colonialism has wrought on these territories, we can stand as allies and say that every government who has ignored these issues has been complicit in their criminality.
We will commit to echoing this belief with members of the Canadian governments at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels.
We know that while there is much that makes us unique, being workers and part of a working class is something that we share across nations. We believe an injury to one is an injury to all.
As union leaders and activists, we must stand in solidarity with those activists and resisters. We understand that when we fight for one we fight for all, and when we make gains in one area we also fight so that all can benefit from our gains. We also have a responsibility to provide education to our members, our family and our community to ensure that those traditions of resistance and activism are carried on.
Our brothers and sisters at 1492 Landback Lane, and those supporting the land defenders at other sites, have our commitment that we will act as allies in working to stop the centuries-old and ongoing injuries resulting from colonialism and white supremacy.
We wish to affirm our support and we will work together, when needed, to provide solidarity in the future.
2021/22 Executive Council
Michele MacDonald-President (OECTA), Donna Beischlag-Vice President (OSSTF), Kent MacDonald-Treasurer (OECTA), Vacant- Secretary, Izabelle Gingras-Executive Officer (FEESO), Mike Walsh-Executive Officer (IBEW), and Jen Hare-Executive Officer (OSSTF).
We meet before the general meeting in the months of August, October, December, February, April, and June.
Where: 351 King Street, Unit 3, Barrie, ON (Simcoe County Elementary Teachers’ Federation office.
Our mailing address can be found at the bottom of the page.
When: From 5:00 pm – 5:55 pm
Our affiliates meet on the third Tuesday of every month from September to June. Meetings are not held in July or August.
Where: 351 King Street, Unit 3, Barrie, ON (Simcoe County Elementary Teachers’ Federation office.)
General meetings can be attended in person or virtually. January, February, and March meetings will be completely virtual. Meeting details with relevant documentation are emailed to affiliates prior to meeting days.
Our mailing address can be found at the bottom of the page.
When: From 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Subcommittees: Volunteer members for all subcommittees are selected during the General Meetings. Dates for meetings are determined as needed by each subcommittee.
2021/22 Women’s Committee
Michele MacDonald (OECTA), Donna Beischlag (OSSTF), Izabelle Gingris (FEESO), and Bev MacDonald (PSAC)
Our mandate is to come together in solidarity with women. This committee shall:
Where: The Women’s Committee meets virtually until further notice. TBA.
2021/22 Labour Day Committee
Michele MacDonald (OECTA), Kent MacDonald (OECTA), Bev MacDonald (PSAC), Rita Golds-Nikolic (OSSTF), Deb Rowles (OSSTF), and Chris Hawkins (OSSTF)
We are tasked with organizing the Barrie Labour Day Event.
2021/22 Audit Committee
Sal Maltese (IBEW) Rita Golds-Nikolic (OSSTF), and Donnie Mills (SCETF), Resource: Kent MacDonald (OECTA)
This committee audits in person this Labour Councils financial statements.
2021/22 Day of Mourning Committee
Michele MacDonald (OECTA), Donna Beischlag (OSSTF)
We are tasked with organizing the Day of Mourning Event for April 28th. This day is the Labour Movements most solemn day. Thousands of workers, friends, and families of fallen workers gather at ceremonies to remember and honour those who have been injured or killed in the workplace.
Political Action Committee
PAC Chair Dino Zorzi (OECTA), Jen Hare (OSSTF), Jamie Cleroux (CUPE), and Michele MacDonald (OECTA)
Our mandate is to represent BDLC for the purposes of electing persons favourable to organized labour in federal, provincial, and municipal levels of government:
Where: The Political Action Committee meets virtually until further notice. TBA.