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dc.contributor.authorCameron, Chantal
dc.descriptionThe St. Catharines and District Labour Council was founded in May 1957 by unionized workers from St. Catharines, Thorold, Merritton, Port Dalhousie and Grimsby. They sought to improve the social and economic welfare of workers; promote the organization of workers into unions for their mutual benefit, regardless of race, creed, colour, or national origin; encourage the sale of union-made goods and services; promote worker education; provide workers with a voice in politics; and safeguard the democratic nature of the labour movement. The Council, affiliated with both the Canadian Labour Congress and the Ontario Federation of Labour, was instrumental in assisting local workers with their labour disputes, including Canadian Pulp and Paper workers at Abitibi Provincial Paper in Thorold [1975-76], and Gallaher Paper [1999], workers at the St. Catharines Eaton’s store [1985], as well as smaller disputes such as that between the part-time secretarial staff and the Welland County Roman Catholic Separate School Board [1972] and workers of the Skyway Lumber Company [1972]. The Council also assisted the community at large by offering a Community Counseling Service [1971-1976] to help citizens with issues concerning various government agencies, social services and Acts, such as the Vacation Pay Act, Landlord and Tenant Act, Employment Standards Act, unemployment insurance claims and workman’s compensation claims. Other projects that the Council organized included an annual Education Institute [1958-1965] and the annual publication of Labour Review, a summary of the Council’s past year. The Labour Council continued to operate until 2010, when several local Labour Councils merged to form the Niagara Regional Labour Council.en_US
dc.description.abstractFonds contains material about the operations and activities of the St. Catharines and District Labour Council. This includes projects the Labour Council organized and operated, such as the Education Institute and Community Counseling Service. Most of the material is correspondence, meeting minutes, financial reports, speeches, reports, newsletters, news clippings and case files from the Community Counseling Service.en_US
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dc.subjectSt. Catharines and District Labour Council--Historyen_US
dc.subjectLabour movement--Ontario--St. Catharines Region--Historyen_US
dc.subjectLabour unions--Ontario--St. Catharines Region--Historyen_US
dc.titleSt. Catharines and District Labour Council fonds, 1957-1986en_US

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