PRESS RELEASE: “Guelph Workers Come Together, Defend Local Organizing!”

For Immediate Release — 12 April 2018

Guelph—Across the country, there has been a lot of dissent created by recent actions of Unifor towards the Canadian Labour Congress and by decisions within the Congress to uphold executive positions for members who should no longer hold them under the Constitution, including President Hassan Yussuf. Meanwhile, requests have been made to isolate local labour activists from Labour Council spaces due to these leadership-level disputes.

In Guelph, members of Guelph and District Labour Council have voted to support local organizing over the ways of leadership disputes. While Labour Council strongly condemns raiding and other tactics which create strife within the House of Labour, it has decided to not selectively uphold rules which punish local organizing while leaving our internal power structures unchallenged.

“Rules within the Canadian Labour Congress have already been broken and until wider issues are resolved, we have to think about the good of labour organizing here in Guelph and in our region..” said Janice Folk-Dawson, President for Labour Council, “And we’re not alone in this, many of our allies across the Province are with us in this stance.”

Effective immediately, members of Unifor that were once members of the Council have been reinstated. The Council also calls for an end to raiding and other divisions within the Canadian Labour Movement so as to support this return to a focus on local strength and organizing.

“Our focus is, as it always is, around how Labour Council can foster and grow organizing here in our region to fight back against bad bosses and to make a better, more just world for working class people. Our stake is with the Labour Movement over any leader.” said Brad Evoy, Recording Secretary for Labour Council

Guelph and District Labour Council extends its solidarity with all other Labour Councils who have made a similar decision to support local organizing and labour power.