Peterborough and District Labour Council

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On Tuesday, February 12, working people (employed and unemployed) gathered for the formative meeting of the Peterborough Workers' Action Centre. Participants listened to and exchanged ideas after hearing from our keynote speakers Armine Yalnizyan of CCPA and Deena Ladd from the Toronto Workers' Action Centre.
The clear message was there is a need for a Workers' Action Centre in Peterborough. Labour is at the forefront of this initiative, yet this is a community initiative and we commend our community partners including the Peterborough City and County Health Unit, Peterborough Social Planning Council, New Canadian Centre, Peterborough Community Legal Clinic, Peterborough Careers, OPIRG Peterborough and United Way of Peterborough and District. This is how we build a revitalized, relevant labour movement and Peterborough is a leader.
KPRDSB Teachers and members of KPR-ETFO get into the Christmas spirit with some carols that take aim at Bill 115.
Elementary school teachers in Peterborough, members of ETFO with the KPRDSB took to the picket lines in a one day strike to stand up against the Liberal governments anti-democratic Bill 115.
Elementary teachers in the Kawartha Pine Ridge District hit the picket lines today to protest bill 115. More than 80 schools were hit by the one day strike...forcing the board to shut down schools and give students a three day weekend. Nikki Jhutti has that story.

November 05, 2012 - The Peterborough and District Labour Council worked to host the Labour Appreciation Awards on Friday night. Awards for activism in worker’s rights were handed out in various categories including womens' activist, health and safety and one for lifetime achievement, which 86 year old Ray Peters picked up for his decades of dedication to workplace injustices.

PowerShift in Peterborough!

Thurs. Nov 1 - Bruno Dobrusin who currently works for the Argentinean union Central de Trabajadores de la Argentina (CTA), an alternative labour union that was born out of the struggles against neoliberal policies in the 1990s speaks to interested labour activists and community members about some of the struggles and challenges facing working people in Argentina and latin America.

CUPE-3908 is the labour union representing student academic workers and contract faculty at Trent University, organized this event, thanks to Matthew Davidson for helping to organize and promote this informative session.
Oct 16 Peterborough - Peterborough and District Labour Council President Marion Burton, and past labour council executive board member and NDP candidate Dave Nickle react to McGuinty's resignation and the proroguing of the provincial legislature.
Sept 3 Peterborough - CHEX TV coverage of the Peterborough and District Labour Council Labour Day picnic.

PETERBOROUGH, April 28, 2017 - Workers, widows and family members are gathering outside of General Electric (107 Park St North) on this year’s Day of Mourning to leave a lasting imprint of their friends and family members’ faces. They will hold portraits of their husbands, friends, fathers and family members who lost their lives to occupational disease, to remind the company and the compensation system to remember their faces, recognize their lives and restore justice.

ACTION: “Portraits: Remember Our Faces”

DATE: Friday, April 28, 2017

TIME: 9:00a.m. gathering and 9:15 march.

PLACE: Meeting place - the empty lot across from General Electric and Tim Hortons in Peterborough. 

WHO: Community members, widows, daughters, husbands, friends and family members who have lost loved ones to occupational cancer.

The gathering will begin at 9 a.m. at the empty lot across from GE and Tim Hortons on Friday and at 9:15 a.m., the community coalition (O&EHC-P) will lead a solemn march around the parameter of GE, in unison with “Widows of Asbestos” documentary filmmakers, Natasha Luckhardt and Rob Viscardis. 

After the walk, everyone will join the Day of Mourning ceremony hosted by Peterborough and District Labour Council at the Peterborough City Hall (500 George Street North) beginning at 10:45 a.m.

We encourage the community to come together and if they feel comfortable, to bring portraits of their own family members and friends to illustrate the human cost of occupational disease, commemorate lives lost too soon and strengthen the widows and workers’ fight for justice.  

Hope to see you all there!