Peterborough and District Labour Council

Standing up for Working People
In our workplaces and our community

The Peterborough and District Labour Council (PDLC) is the central body of union locals in the Peterborough area (Peterborough County plus Omemee) who are affiliated with the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC).

Our current membership is 38 locals, representing over 6,000 trade union members. These include workers in manufacturing electrical, transportation, education, postal services, health care, communications, food production, construction, municipal services, corrections, employment counseling and many other fields. Application for Affiliation

Our offices are located at
246 Romaine Street in Peterborough.
Our mailing address is:
P.O. Box 1928
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 7X7.
Phone: (705) 868-PDLC (7352)
E-mail: PDLC President

A president, vice-president, secretary-treasurer, recording secretary, sergeant-at-arms and seven (7) board members are elected every two years at our December meeting. Three (3) trustees are elected for a three-year term (one elected each year) to examine the Labour Council's accounts.

Our Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday each month (except July and August), and the third Tuesday in the month of December, at 246 Romaine St, starting at 5:30 pm. Delegates to the Labour Council are chosen from rank and file members of affiliated local unions. Representation is determined by the number of union members in the local. Each affiliated local pays a 'per-capita fee' of 35¢ per member, per month towards the operation of the Labour Council.

Labour Council activities include the April 28 'Day of Mourning' ceremony at Peterborough City Hall, the annual Labour Day Picnic and Labour Appreciation Night. We assist non-unionized workers with employment issues, provide strike support to our brothers and sisters on the picket line and send delegates to conferences and conventions.

The Labour Council conforms to the constitution of the CLC which, in May 1956, provided the Labour Council with its charter. We are affiliated with the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) at the provincial level and have representation at meetings of the OFL Executive Council.

It is the Labour Council's responsibility to speak on behalf of its affiliated locals at the municipal level. Further, the Labour Council is involved with political action at both the federal and provincial levels -- working through the CLC and the OFL. We endeavour to have labour representatives appointed to boards and commissions and elected to all levels of government in our area so that working people can fully participate in the life of our communities.