Labour councils are involved in many areas of the community. Working actively to support people’s needs is a big part of labour councils’ work.
We are active in all aspects of the economic, social, and political life of our community. The Labour Council lobbies politicians at the municipal, provincial, and federal level on behalf of all workers.
The Labour Council is especially vigilant in supporting worker health and safety initiatives, labour laws that support the rights of workers, and initiatives aimed at helping to create high-quality, well-paid employment.
The Labour Council is actively supporting work aimed at improving universal social supports such as pensions, employment insurance, public health care, and child care. We are also active in supporting social justice and equity initiatives in our community.
The Waterloo Regional Labour Council is committed to providing an environment that is free from harassment and discrimination while fostering the goodwill and trust necessary to protect the rights of all individuals. We are committed to promoting mutual respect, understanding and co-operation as the basis of interaction among our delegates, affiliates, and guests. This labour council will neither tolerate nor condone behaviour that undermines the dignity or self-esteem of individuals or the integrity of relationships.
Harassment and discrimination on the basis of a prohibited ground are violations of the Ontario Human Rights Code and are illegal.
The Waterloo Regional Labour Council is essentially a coalition of unions who represent workers in Waterloo Region. Union Locals pay dues to the Labour Council and can then name delegates to vote on Council matters at monthly membership meetings.
Currently, 33 union Locals are affiliated to the Waterloo Regional Labour Council, representing a total of about 26,000 workers. These unions represent construction workers, professional planners, office administrators, health care workers, teachers, postal workers, and many more.
Below is a list of our affiliated unions. To download a complete list of contact information for each union, click here.
|1||CUPE 1883||Region of Waterloo|
|2||CUPE 2512||Waterloo Region District Catholic School Board|
|3||CUPW 560||Canada Post|
|4||ETFO-WR||Waterloo Region District School Board|
|5||ETFO-WR OT||Waterloo Region District School Board|
|6||FEESO U64 D32||Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud|
|7||IAMAW 103||Dana Corporation|
|8||IATSE 357||theatre and stage companies|
|9||IBEW 636||hydro utilities|
|10||IBEW 804||construction companies|
|11||LIUNA 1081||construction companies|
|12||OECTA WR||Waterloo Catholic District School Board|
|13||OPSEU 230||Ontario government|
|14||OPSEU 237||Conestoga College|
|15||OPSEU 238||Conestoga College|
|16||OPSEU 239||Cambridge Memorial Hospital|
|17||OSSTF D24||Waterloo Region District School Board|
|18||OSSTF D35||Wilfrid Laurier University|
|19||SEIU 1||Red Cross, Cambridge Memorial Hospital|
|20||SMWIA 562||construction companies|
|21||UFCW 175/633||Loblaws stores|
|22||Unifor 1106||health care workers – hospitals, long-term care homes|
|23||Unifor 1524||several manufacturing plants|
|24||Unifor 4304||Grand River Transit|
|25||Unifor 44||Bell Canada|
|26||USW 2859||Babcock and Wilcox|
|28||USW 4045||Cambridge Brass|
|29||USW 4610||Frito Lay, Weston’s|
|30||USW 5699||Canada Alloy Casting|
|31||USW 838||several large employers|
|32||USW 862||Canadian General Tower|
If your local is interested in becoming an affiliate of the Waterloo Regional Labour Council, please contact President Lorne Bruce
Affiliate locals can update their delegate list by downloading and completing the form below. Once complete, please email the form as an attachment to President Kelly Dick or mail to the WRLC office.
PDF – DELEGATE FORM
DUES – Please note: In 2017, the WRLC Membership passed an amendment to the By-Laws as follows:
“To amend article 16, section 2 of the Bylaws to change 25 cents to 30 cents effective January 1st, 2018 and to increase by 1 cent each January 1st thereafter.” The current dues rate for the WRLC is $0.33 per member per month
Per Capita Remittance Form for 2022 – CLICK HERE