Our Mission Statement

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The local Labour Council was established in 1959 and is chartered by the Canadian Labour Congress. The local Labour Council serves as the “Voice of Organized Labour” in our community and is made up of delegates from all of the Unions in the city and surrounding municipalities.

The main purpose of the Labour Council is to promote the interest of its affiliates, advance the economic state of the community, and to promote social justice for all workers and their families, both working and retired. This is accomplished through by lobbying for fair labour legislation, promoting world peace and international solidarity and by encouraging the use and purchase of Union Made Products and Services within the community. We are actively involved in the community promoting both economic and social growth and have several affiliate members serving on local boards and committees. Through participation we give labour a real voice in its community.

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Meeting Dates

The Sault Ste Marie & District Labour Council meets the fourth Wednesday of every month except July, August and December.

Location: United Steelworkers Union Hall
68 Dennis Street
Sault Ste. Marie ON P6A 2W9

Time: 7:30 pm

Our Bylaws

The Sault Ste. Marie and District Labour Council bylaws are available in PDF format.

Does Your Workplace Need a Union?

If you feel that you and your fellow workers are in need of a union, The Sault Ste. Marie and District Labour Council can point you in the right direction.

A union will provide better wages, benefits, pensions, and more time to spend at home with your family.

$5 more per hour

When it comes to wages of non-managerial employees, union members typically make over $5.00 per hour ($5.09) more than non-union workers. The difference is even greater for female employees who generally earn almost $6.00 more than their non-unionized counterparts.

But unions mean more than higher wages. Through collective bargaining, they typically make wages more equal among workers, and therefore ensure that less people are left with low paid jobs. As a result, only 8 percent of union member earn less than $10.00 an hour as compared to a third of non-union employees.

Better benefits

Benefits such as a pension plan, medical plan and dental plan have a big impact on quality of life. Unionized jobs provide better benefits, across the board, for both men and women. For example, in 1995:

* 79% of working women (unionized) had a pension plan
* Only 32% of working women (non-union) had a pension plan
* 78% of working women (unionized) had a medical plan
* Only 40% of working women (non-union) had a medical plan
* 72% of working women (unionized) had a dental plan
* Only 38% of working women (non-union) had a dental plan
For Canadian men, the proportions were the same.

Better pensions

A pension plan is a key component in a person’s ability to maintain a decent income after retirement. In 2000, senior Canadians with access to a pension had an average income twice as high as those without a pension – $28,000 versus $14,000.

While 43 percent of all Canadian employees have a pension plan at work, about 80 percent of unionized workers have access to one as opposed to only 27 percent of non-union workers.

Longer vacations

When it comes to vacations and paid holidays (such as Easter, Christmas and Thanksgiving), unionized workers come out ahead.

More than 7 out of 10 unionized workers had 11 or more days of paid holidays during the calendar year.

Seven out of 10 unionized workers also had at least 4 weeks of paid vacation after 8-10 years of service.

Weekends

Believe it or not, it wasn’t that long ago that working people couldn’t count on a weekend. Even the 40-hour work week is a relative newcomer to the workplace. Two generations ago, only five provinces had laws limiting the number of hours your boss could make you work.

Unions made the difference. It took a sustained effort on two fronts: bargaining with employers, and then putting pressure on governments. But working people carried the day, winning limits on work hours and the five-day work week.

Join a union

Once you’ve seen the difference unions can make, why not get the union advantage working for you?

Starting a union in your workplace is a great way of making life better both at work and at home, with higher pay, better benefits, longer holidays, better pensions and much more.

And you don’t have to do it alone. Contact the Sault Ste. Marie and District Labour Council today.