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Labour Day 2021 - SAVE THE DATE

Labour Day 2021 planning is upon us. We have a basic structure that is likely similar to last year in order to respect the potential social distancing but depending on how things open up.

Anticipate the following will happen:

CARAVAN: Last year was City Hall to the Starlite Drive-In queueing up at 10:30 and leaving at 11am. It may be that again, but things haven't been finalized yet. We know we definitely cannot march in any numbers. The route will follow the same path we established last year, from City Hall down Main Street, continuing into the East End where Main becomes Queenston and turning right on Centennial Parkway up the mountain.

We plan on having an articulated bus for those who do not have vehicles. Last year the bus joined the caravan at City Hall at 10:30 a.m. and returned at 2 p.m.. Hopefully, this year we will be able to do more ride sharing should social distancing parameters permit.

ALL ALLIES, FRIENDS OF LABOUR, AND COALITION PARTNERS ARE WELCOME TO JOIN!

TAILGATE: Last year we had a tailgate party from 11:30-2:00pm at the Starlite Drive-In. Our venue will likely be the same as it allows for cars on-site and is flexible with our ability to self-regulate group sizes. Also, any public site won't take bookings during the pandemic, so we have to use a privately-owned site.

If possible, we are considering if it will be able to do...

FOOD and DRINKS: Last year we encouraged people to bring their own picnic lunch. We'll see how restrictions impact our ability to provide a food and beverage option this year.

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: We're looking at options to provide live entertainment at a space like the Star-lite. There will be further updates on this as we lock people in.

While we don't have all the details yet, we did want to let people know that an event is planned, save the date and encourage your friends, family, Sisters, Brothers, and Comrades to make plans to join us!

If you have any questions, please feel free get in touch with me at [email protected]

Media Release: HWDSB Trustee Racism

9 June 2021

Hamilton & District Labour Council joins the growing call for Trustee Carole Paikin-Miller to resign and calls for the HWDSB to defend employees who call out racism.


At its May general meeting representatives from dozens of unions covering thousands of workers in the Hamilton area voted to call for the resignation of Paikin-Miller and called on the school board to stop the intimidation of those calling out racism.


Trustee Paikin-Miller made a complaint that Hamilton and District Labour Council President Anthony Marco, who is also a school board employee, was harassing her by calling out her racist behaviour on Labour Council social media sites. The complaint, like a similar prior anonymous one, was found to have no merit and President Marco was cleared of any wrongdoing. However, an independent investigation found that Paikin-Miller herself engaged in racist behavior, both towards a student trustee and at a school board meeting in June 2020.


HDLC has a proud track record of fighting against racism and has never shied away from calling out those in power for racism. That a Trustee would try and silence a Labour Council president from speaking out is very troubling.


That the school board wasted time and resources to investigate this speaks to the hollowness of HWDSB’s commitment to “calling out racism and oppression.” As an employer Paikin-Miller has shown that she is prepared to abuse avenues designed to support and help workers facing harassment against school board employees and those who stand up to racism. Such actions can only have a chilling effect on any board employee who stands up to racism at work.


On behalf of its members, the executive of the Hamilton District Labour Council unanimously calls for Carole Paikin-Miller to resign her position. We are one of many Hamilton organisations committed to racial justice calling for her resignation. There is no room for elected officials and employers to engage in racist behaviour or to attempt to silence those who speak out.


The executive also expresses its profound disappointment that the HWDSB would initiate an investigation of an employee for actions taken in their capacity as the President of the HDLC. We are also profoundly disappointed that the HWDSB would entertain the idea that calling out racism is a form of “harassment”.


We ask that the HWDSB publicly reaffirm its policy of supporting employees who call out racist behaviour by their employer.


For media inquiries, please contact Ritch Whyman, Executive Member-At-Large, at [email protected]

 

Elect Change

The Hamilton and District Labour Council is moving forward with a digital organizing strategy to help candidates who pledge to end poverty and eliminate systemic racism and oppression in our city, with a focus on all three levels of government. We will be advocating for good jobs with (at least) a living wage, benefits, pensions, and better working conditions for all.

We need your help to positively impact our city as much as possible. It's time we united to Elect Change for the better!

GO TO www.electchange.ca now and join us!

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Day of Mourning 2021

We have partnered with Cable 14 to broadcast this year's Day of Mourning Ceremony!

If you are a cable subscriber, you can watch on Channel 14 on your television at the listed dates and times below OR at any time after that, you can watch ON DEMAND by logging into the Cable 14 website with your cable subscription login information.

If you are NOT a cable subscriber, you can watch at any of the times below at the following link: https://cable14now.com/live-streams/

It will just be like watching a YouTube video.

Here are the broadcast dates and times:

Apr 28, 2021 - 11:00:00
Apr 28, 2021 - 18:00:00
Apr 29, 2021 - 12:00:00
May 01, 2021 - 19:00:00
May 02, 2021 - 16:00:00
May 02, 2021 - 22:30:00

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IWD 2021 Online Event

We have, historically, celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD) in the Hamilton Region for many years, not only to mark the many accomplishments of women and commemorate their struggles and achievements throughout history, but also to help those women who are presently experiencing domestic violence and hardships.

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Fighting for Student Living Wages

The HDLC will be continuing its work this year to ensure EVERY Hamilton worker INCLUDING STUDENTS receives at least a living wage of $16.45/hr.

Student workers are currently the ONLY group of City of Hamilton employees not making a living wage. We do plan initiatives to work to EVERYONE across the entire workforce in the city making at least a living wage, but we feel the City of Hamilton is an important step to help us do so.

Many Councillors think student jobs are just for "beer money" and that it's "socialist" to have students valued for their work. We disagree. Living Wage is a poverty line wage; minimum wage is below poverty.

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HDLC Executive says No Morneau

In response to an announcement from the CLC National Office last week which endorsed former MP and Finance Minister, Bill Morneau, for the leadership of the OECD, the Executive of the Hamilton and District Labour Council felt it incumbent to clarify our position on the endorsement.

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United Way Labour Community Services Newsletter

United Way and Organized Labour have had a long history of working together to build strong and healthy communities. Union members and their families represent a broad spectrum of community members as donors, volunteers and users of the services and programs supported by United Way. In 1988 the partnership between United Way Centraide and the Canadian Labour Congress was signed to ensure that both movements work collectively for the common good.

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