150 YEARS AGO PRINTERS IN TORONTO TOOK TO THE STREETS IN A STRIKE THAT RESONATES ALL THE WAY TO THIS LABOUR DAY.
2022 SEES WORKERS STANDING FIRM FOR THEIR RIGHTS AND FOR IMPROVEMENTS FOR WORKERS THAT ONLY ORGANIZED LABOUR CAN BRING ABOUT.
THE GLOABL PANDEMIC KEPT US APART THE LAST 2 YEARS, BUT IN 2022 WE’RE BACK!
THE GREY BRUCE LABOUR COUNCIL, WITH UNIFOR RETIREES AND UNIFOR, INVITE THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY TO JOIN THEM IN PORT ELGIN ON SEPTEMBER 5TH TO CELEBRATE BEING BACK TOGETHER AND LOUDLY TELLING THE WORLD THAT THE LABOUR UNION FIGHT BACK FOR LABOUR RIGHTS, BENEFITS AND IMPROVEMENTS IS STRONGER AND MORE COMMITTED THAN EVER.
EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO JOIN AND MARCH AT 11AM ON SEPTEMBER 5TH IN PORT ELGIN. CELEBRATE LABOUR, OUR HISTORY AND OUR FUTURE.
COME OUT EARLY AND HELP OUT. MARSHALLING AT SHORELINE BAPTIST CHURCH AND HOME HARDWARE.
Announcing a fund raiser for Kincardine Pride. The Deceiving Divas, presented by the Grey Bruce Labour Council will perform in Kincardine on September 4th, 2022. Tickets are available on Eventbrite. $50 dollars per ticket, cabaret seating (four seats at at a table, 27 tables). Table reservations are not available and all tickets are purchased general admission. A Kincardine Pride partner, the Grey Labour Council is pleased to present this event. Amongst many that make such an event possible, special thanks to Kincardine Centre for the Arts, Grey Matter Beer, The Bruce, Affiliates and friends of Grey Bruce Labour Council.
Named after Robert White, Past President of the CAW and Canadian Labour Congress, the Grey-Bruce Labour Council presents this award to graduating students who have demonstrated involvement in the promotion of activities
that promote the values of social justice
in the betterment of their community.
Describing in detail their involvement in community and social justice activities, applicants will write a 300 word essay describing their social justice work on issues such as (but not limited to) women’s issues, labour activism, native issues, the environment and Third World development.
Home Phone Number _________________Email Address _________________________________
Post-graduate Plans / Work Plans (continue on separate sheet if necessary)
The value of the Robert White Social Justice Award is $1500 to be shared equally between a maximum of 5 students. High school students in Bruce and Grey Counties who are graduating in 2022 are eligible to apply. Essays must accompany this application form.
Greetings GBLC Affiliates; The Grey Bruce Labour Council is planning to host its first (and hopefully annual) golf tournament this summer! This fun-filled day will take place on July 30, 2022 at the Ainsdale Golf Club, Kincardine. In lieu of a prize table, we are hoping to give each golfer a grab bag upon arrival that day. Our request is that some of our Affiliate Unions donate items to give each golfer. We are hoping for a minimum of 72 golfers (18 teams) and a maximum of 144 golfers (36 teams). Some example items could be: Sleeve of golf balls (with your logo on the balls/or the box)Golf towelPowerade/Gatorade/snacks with your logoHatsWater bottleYour own creative idea Items for bags can be delivered to Chris Stephen. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org (Chris) or email@example.com (Amy) to make arrangements for drop off/pick up. We also hope that you or some of your Members will participate in this fun-filled day of golf and comradery, and a chance to win the Affiliate Cup! Included in our day, there will be some extra fun and games; any additional funds raised will be donated to a Ukrainian relief organization, yet to be determined. Please see the attached poster for more details, and use this link to register a team: Thank you, and we hope to see you on the golf course! Sincerely, Chris Stephen GBLC Vice President, Grey
WHSC post-secondary scholarship contest opens again
Workers Health and Safety Centre (WHSC) is once again offering cash scholarships to graduating high school students heading for post-secondary education this fall.
After a two-year hiatus forced by the pandemic, these scholarships and the fundraiser* that supports them are back. As in past years, students entering the 20th edition of the WHSC Student Scholarship Contest are asked to write an essay exploring a current occupational health and safety issue.COVID-19 theme for this year’s essay contestThis year’s topic is particularly relevant asking them to consider: “A crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted workers, their families, and communities. Explain how it has affected you and yours, the lessons you learned and how you will draw on these lessons to contribute to safer, healthier work and communities in future.”
The scholarship contest is open to Ontario high school students entering full-time or part-time studies at a publicly funded Ontario post-secondary institution.
“The ongoing COVID crisis has exposed what many workers have long experienced,” explains Andrew Mudge, WHSC executive director. “Workplace hazards left unaddressed, including the virus and its variants, cost them dearly in terms of their health and livelihood.”
While the suffering has been far-reaching, it is impacting certain occupations and communities far more than others. Research evidence continues to document the excessive burden on frontline, racialized and low-income workers in terms of higher rates of COVID-19 infection.
Research evidence and the experiences of many also suggest workplaces were ill-prepared and vulnerable workers were poorly protected, particularly during the first wave of the pandemic. Many would argue the same can be said of the wider public health response. And with a new wave upon us, we are not out of the woods yet. In fact, with the recent lifting of mandatory public health measures including mask and vaccine mandates in many workplaces and community settings, the Ontario Science Table and Public Health Ontario tell us we are now seeing escalating case counts and hospitalizations directly related to this decision.
Beyond the actual COVID virus and its variants, many other hazards and issues have been intensified by the ongoing pandemic including violence, harassment, long hours, and inadequate personal protective equipment including masks and respirators. These and other stressors are taking a toll on the mental health of many workers and others in our communities. Training key to workplace prevention Many are calling on employers and public health to better protect vulnerable workers and communities now and in a post-pandemic world.
A critical step, says Mudge, is for “Employers to act upon their significant obligations to protect workers, including the provision of effective training so workers, their representatives and other workplace parties are better prepared to participate in workplace prevention efforts in a meaningful way. As we have seen throughout the pandemic and even prior without access to quality training and information, many fall victim to information passing as training and often misinformation at that.”Scholarships in memory of WHSC leadersIn addition to the requirement to submit an essay, those participating in the 2022 WHSC Student Scholarship Contest must share something of their contributions to the quality of life in their school and community, both in their own words and in a letter of recommendation from a teacher, other educator or representative of a community organization.
Top submissions will be awarded scholarships to support their post-secondary education. Among these awards are two scholarships of $2,000 each. WHSC has created them to honour the memory of WHSC founder, Clifford Pilkey and long-serving WHSC board member, Fred Upshaw.
Clifford Pilkey was elected president of the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) in 1976 serving until his retirement in 1986. As OFL president, he used his considerable talents, influence and credibility to convince the government to fund a central worker health and safety training project that would eventually become the WHSC. He served as president of the WHSC Board from 1985 to 2000 and president emeritus from 2000 to 2009.Fred Upshaw was elected president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) in 1990, becoming the first African-Canadian to lead a major labour union in Canada. Under his watch as president, OPSEU implemented a significant social justice agenda. In 1992, Fred joined the WHSC Board of Directors, eventually participating on the finance and executive committees.
In addition to the two memorial scholarships, up tothree additional scholarships of $1,000 will be awarded to students whose submissions merit recognition.
Winners will be announced in fall 2022 through various WHSC media platforms and e-news publication. If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe today.
*Please note: No portion of WHSC revenues or government grants support this scholarship contest. WHSC contributions to this important occupational health and safety awareness and post-secondary education initiative is financed solely through funds raised at the Clifford Pilkey Memorial Golf Fundraiser.