Day of Mourning 2024

International Women's Day 2024

Summer Student Job 2023

JOB POSTING: Hamilton & District Labour Council 
(Summer Student) Community Organizer 
(Canada Job Bank Posting HERE)

The Hamilton and District Labour Council is hiring one summer students as part of the Canada Summer Jobs Program for the position of community organizer.

Start date: July 10th, 2023

End date: September 4th, 203

Contract length: 8 weeks

Hours: 35 hours per week

Wage: $20 per hour

Location: HDLC currently has office space at 51 Adair St S. 

To apply: Please email a cover letter and resume to [email protected] by Monday June 19 at 5PM

Applicants MUST meet the following requirements: 

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment; and,
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations

About HDLC: 

Hamilton and District Labour Council (HDLC) is an umbrella group that brings together local unions so that collectively we can better represent our members, defend free collective bargaining, assist the unorganized and generally improve the quality of life in our city. HDLC is made up of elected delegates from affiliated unions and acts as the voice of working people in Hamilton. We work within our unions and community to actualize our anti-racist, anti-oppressive and social justice values.

Core work areas including but not limited to:

Data collection and research: build databases for HDLC, help with surveys and research projects
Community outreach: support work with unions and community organizations in line with HDLC’s values
Social media: help manage HDLC’s communications and social media pages

Required skills and experience:

    • Microsoft Office. NationBuilder or similar programs are considered an asset.
    • Experience in Facebook, Twitter and Social Media Platforms. 
    • Website design skills are an asset.
    • Experience in or willingness to learn about community organizing.
    • Strong writing and communication skills in English.
    • Demonstrated social justice values.
    • A computer and home internet access is considered an asset but not necessary as accommodations can be made.
  • Applications are encouraged from equity groups including people of colour, First Nations/Metis/Inuit peoples, people with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQAI+ persons. We are committed to a working environment and community free from racism, discrimination, harassment and violence. If you require accommodation for a disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please notify us by email.


Thank you for your interest. We will be shortlisting. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

STRIKE! with the Hamilton Cardinals

The HDLC is partnering with the Hamilton Cardinals of the Intercounty Baseball League to bring union night to Bernie Arbour Stadium (1100 Mohawk Road East) on Friday, July 7th at 7:30 p.m..

The HDLC has purchased 50 tickets to the game against the Brantford Red Sox. If you are an affiliate member or community/coalition partner of the Labour Council and would like a couple of tickets, please reach out Anthony Marco at [email protected].

NOTE: If your union local would like to take advantage of half-price tickets for the game that night for your own members, please contact Anthony Marco for a link and a promo code to get the special price. Normal adult tickets are $12, but under our code, your local can get as many as you'd like for $6. Seniors/Youth under the code will be $4 and children under 10 are free!

Labour Day 2023

Labour Day 2023 Information Page


This Labour Day we will continue our traditional practice of having the parade followed by a picnic and gathering back at Bayfront Park. Consider this post as the best place to come back to further updates about everything happening that day.

NOTE: The HDLC receives partial funding for the Labour Day Parade and Picnic through The City Enrichment Fund. The fund comprises 6 Program Areas (Agriculture, Arts, Communities, Culture & Heritage, Community Services, Environment, Sports & Active Lifestyles) with funding streams and categories.

More information on each step will be filled in below, but the basic itinerary will be as follows on September 4th (any of this is subject to change depending on restrictions from Hamilton Public Health):

9:00-10:30 a.m. Assemble according to the DRAFT Parade Line Up (linked below).
10:30-11:30 a.m. Parade on the route (outlined below)
11:30-2:30 p.m. Picnic gathering at the park.

We will NOT be doing reserved spots in the park this year!

There is plenty of room around Bayfront Park for any local that wants its own space. When you show up on Labour Day morning, there will be plenty of room to stake a claim around the park for your group. If, however, you wish to show up early SUNDAY afternoon to set up, we will have afternoon and overnight security until people are at the site on Labour Day morning. A group from the Labour Council is usually there around 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Sunday setting up.

Setting up a BBQ for your Local

Here are the links to the information regarding food serving at special events in Hamilton. Please note that any organization that serves food, even if provided at no charge, is considered a vendor and must comply with the requirements set out by Public Health for participation at special events.

The first link is to the city’s requirements for vendors. As the organizer of the event, the Labour Council is required to provide this information to you:

The second link is to the application form. Again, as organizer of the event, the Labour Council is required to collect this form from participants/vendors and submit them all at one time to public health. The completed form should be emailed to [email protected] by August 15, 2023. Do not submit it directly to the city.


The city charges a fee of $41.80 (including HST) for each approved vendor. The Labour Council will invoice each vendor following the event.

FOOD: We will be pre-selling combo tickets for a hotdog OR hamburger and a drink for $5. Vegan options will be available. To pre-order tickets, contact Gillian Surette-Robinson at [email protected] or Tom Atterton at [email protected]. A wireless credit card terminal will be available at the park for those who wish to settle up by credit card that day. Others can bring cheques or submit them at a later date.

ALCOHOL: We cannot pre-sell beer tickets, but you will be able to buy them that day. All alcohol must stay in the pre-designated/fenced area or the park.

FAMILY ACTIVITES: There will be children's activities back in the park. We are waiting to firm up the details of what the list might entail.

COMMUNITY GROUPS: We have, many times in the past, invited community groups and coalition partners to march at the back of the parade. While we are still offering that option, we are trying to encourage many of our community partners to table back at the park so they can interact with our union locals as they return.

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Activist Awards Night 2023

The 2023 Activist Awards Night will be happening at 5:30 p.m. on June 29th at Michelangelo's Banquet Centre. We invite locals to submit nominations for consideration by May 31st when the Special Events Workgroup will be considering the award winners.

Please find the link to the Awards Nomination information HERE! Note: We've extended the date for nominations to May 31st!

Each ticket includes a full dinner and night of solidarity with some of the most involved labour and community activists from our city!

Individual tickets are $90 and a table of ten is $850 with all proceeds from the event going to the United Way of Halton/Hamilton. Please contact Gillian Robinson to purchase your tickets for the event ASAP at [email protected].

There will also be door prizes, a 50/50 draw, and additional raffles and prizes as well. Please help to support our comrade acitivists while also supporting a great cause!

May Day 2023


On International Workers' Day, the Hamilton and District Labour Council celebrates working class people across our city and around the world of every race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, family status, or disability who fight against fascist, racist, sexist, ableist, white supremacist oppressors who use capitalism to steal workers' homes, wages, pensions, benefits, food security, healthcare and lives!

On May 1st from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., the working class people of our community will gather in solidarity at Gage Park to strengthen our resolve to fight for working class people everywhere!

There will be live music with tents and activities set up by union locals and community groups from around the city.

If you are a union local or community group who is an ally of the labour movement and would like to set up a table for this event to encourage members to attend and have some community engagement, please contact Anthony Marco at [email protected].
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Day of Mourning 2023

Our Day of Mourning event for April 28th will return to our traditional home and itinerary in the City Hall Council Chambers at 5:30 p.m.. The ceremony will be followed by a procession from City Hall to the monument out front. A short reception with light refreshments will occur after the ceremony in the City Hall foyer.

Please see the poster below. If you'd like a higher resolution version, suitable for printing, please email [email protected].

Endorse Care Fare Transit

The Hamilton and District Labour Council is proceeding with a municipal election initiative with regards to public transit in the City of Hamilton. While our ultimate goal is free/low-cost public transit for all in the city, we are prepared to work on a graduated approach to ensure some of our community’s most vulnerable people have the most access.

Our proposal is based on the idea that these members of our community deserve a transit fare that shows we care for their ability to have full access and mobility around our city.

The CARE FARE approach is asking City Council to support the movement towards ensuring no fare box costs for members of each of the following groups while committing to the steps and research necessary to implement the four steps by 2026.

Our four identified groups designated for a CARE FARE trip rate include the following:

  1. All K-12 students attached to local school boards.
  2. Anyone aged 60 or over.
  3. Anyone receiving benefits from Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program.
  4. Anyone with a diagnosed disability.

If your organization is interested in endorsing this effort, and having your name identified with the platform on lobbying and promotional materials going forward, please let us know and email a copy of your logo to HDLC President, Anthony Marco, at [email protected].

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