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2021 Municipal Election Review

Election Day for the 2021 Municipal Election was October 18th. With the official results now in, the Red Deer & District Labour Council is proud to see several candidates elected who were endorsed by our members. 

Congratulations to Cindy Jefferies and Dianne Wyntjes on your election/re-election to City Council!

Congratulations to Ken Johnston on your election as Red Deer's new Mayor!

Congratulations to Matt Gould, Dianne Macauley, Cathy Peacocke, and Angela Sommers on your election as Trustees to the Red Deer Public School Board!

 Voter turnout in Red Deer went up slightly this election, but is still very low at 30.15% compared to 28.8% in 2017. It is important that eligible voters have a say in who makes decisions on our behalf at election time, and it's equally important that our elected representatives hear from us in between elections as well. 

Find out more about our new City Council and make sure they know what's important to you, whether you voted for them or not. We need to make sure our voices are part of important budget decisions coming up, as well as conversations about public services and infrastructure. The direction our city takes and the impacts on working people will be a direct result of the decisions of our City Council.

Our Labour Council will advocate for good jobs, reliable public services, and affordability for all residents of Red Deer. We will engage with our local leaders to push for the things that make our communities healthy and sustainable and we encourage you to reach out. Sign up to stay in touch!

2021 Municipal Election Candidate Endorsements

The Red Deer and District Labour Council has voted on municipal endorsements and we are proud to share our support for a number of candidates for this year's upcoming municipal election. 

We feel that these candidates represent values that align with the priorities of working people and we encourage our members and workers to take a look at these candidates and consider voting for them and volunteering on their campaigns. 

Election Day is October 18th and Advance Polls are open Oct 4th-16th.
You can find out more about where and when to vote on the City of Red Deer website.


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2021 Essay Contest SCHOLARSHIP

2021 Essay Contest

$1000 SCHOLARSHIP for the WINNING ESSAY

Write an essay of 1000 – 1500 words, based on the topic:

“What Challenges & Opportunities has the COVID-19 pandemic presented for Unions?”

Writing tips:
• Choose a specific union and discuss how it has been affected, negatively and/or positively by the pandemic, considering issues like day to day operations, bargaining to improve benefits for the members of the union etc.
• Discuss how your community and society as a whole may be impacted by the union’s responses to the pandemic.

To Be Eligible the Applicant Must:

1) Be a grade 12 graduate of a Central Alberta High School.
2) Be a full time student attending a post-secondary institution.
3) Provide confirmation of registration in a post-secondary degree or diploma program at a recognized university or community college.
4) Provide a copy of the statement from the institute indicating courses for each semester and a copy of the class schedule.
5) Provide a copy of the receipt indicating payment of tuition.

Please submit essays to [email protected] or #102, 4730A – 50 St. Red Deer, AB T4N 1X2

 

   

 

 

 

 

Please note: Essays submitted become the property of the RDDLC and may be used in future materials.

PRIDE

Canada’s unions are marking this year’s Pride season by calling on the federal government to invest in 2SLGBTQI community organizations to ensure that our most vulnerable communities are not left behind in pandemic recovery.

Sign our petition and join the fight.

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Day of Mourning 2021

Day of Mourning 2021 – The Human Cost of COVID-19

Canada’s unions are marking the National Day of Mourning by calling attention to the
human cost of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Red Deer and District Labour Council representative attended the Day of Mourning wreath laying ceremony that took place at 11:00am at the Fallen Worker Tribute located at Bower Ponds Recreation Area. We laid a wreath to remember our fallen brothers and sisters and in recognition of our renewed fight for safer workplaces and rights for workers.  

Check out what the Edmonton and Calgary District Labour Councils are doing to honour our fellow workers. 

For more information on the history of the Day of Mourning check out the article on the Alberta Labour History website by clicking HERE

For over a year, the world has faced unprecedented upheaval due to COVID-19. The
virus and its variants have wrought havoc on our society and laid bare a troubling lack
of protection for workers.


“Every year on the Day of Mourning, we mourn the dead and re-commit to fighting for
the living,” said Hassan Yussuff, President of the CLC. “Over the last year, we have
witnessed how vulnerable we all are. This pandemic has shone a light on egregious
gaps in workplace protections and exposed employers who choose to put profits over
people.”


Evidence from across the country shows that the virus is spreading at work, not only in
health care settings but also in factories, meat works, warehouses, schools, offices,
transportation and other sectors. Workers have had to fight for access to appropriate,
effective protective equipment, COVID-safe practices at work, paid sick leave and
respect for their basic health and safety rights.


However, these problems existed before the pandemic and have resulted in millions of
deaths each year from work-related injuries and diseases. Every year, approximately
1000 Canadian workers and more than 2.7 million workers around the world die
because of an injury or an exposure that happens at work.


“Over the past year, Canadian workers have kept food on our tables, essential goods in
our cupboards, taught our children, cared for our loved ones and kept critical institutions
running,” said Yussuff. “They have done all of this, at serious risk and sometimes great
cost to their own health and safety. The failure of governments to prioritize paid sick
leave for workers in all jurisdictions puts everyone at risk, and is undoubtedly prolonging
and deepening the impacts of the pandemic.”


Without access to protected, paid sick days, workers have been forced to choose
between going to work sick, or not getting paid, and in some cases losing their jobs. An
estimated 58 percent of Canadian workers don't have access to paid sick leave through
their employers, according to a report by the Decent Work and Health Network. That
number rises to 70 percent among people making less than $25,000 a year.
Canada’s unions call on all governments to immediately introduce or expand paid sick
leave to ensure workers aren’t required to go to work sick.


Read more about how Canada’s unions are fighting to protect the living by calling on all
governments to disaster-proof our country.

Annual Essay Scholarship Contest

RDDLC New Executive Elected

Congratulations to our newly elected RDDLC Executive and thanks to all who were able to attend!

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AFL Fair Start Campaign Community BBQ

Thank you for your support of the AFL Fair Start Campaign Community BBQ on July 7, 2019!

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5th Annual Labour Day BBQ

Looking for Volunteers!

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