CLC Convention 2017: Together for a fair future
More than 3,000 union activists from across Canada will gather in Toronto from May 8 to May 12 for the CLC’s 28th Constitutional Convention.
Every three years, Canada’s unions come together at CLC conventions to celebrate the victories we’ve won since the last convention and to set priorities for moving forward. Together, union members will define their vision for Canada and establish a roadmap to get there.
“Over the last three years, Canada’s unions have won some very important victories, such as defeating the regressive federal government, winning stronger public pensions and a ban on asbestos,” said CLC President Hassan Yussuff.
“Given the attack on human rights south of the border, Canada’s unions have a responsibility to redouble our efforts to advance equity and fairness for all,” he added.
This year’s convention theme is “Together for a fair future” and will focus on four key pillars: fairness, equity, green jobs, and organizing to strengthen Canada’s unions.
Focussing on the future, delegates will talk about the climate change challenge and define the principles that should guide transitioning workplaces and communities in a clean growth economy.
Inspiring speakers from Canada, the United States and around the world will celebrate recent victories and to discuss strategies for expanding job security in our changing world of work.
The convention will feature powerful performances and exhibits, including a performance art piece dedicated to missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, and a 25th anniversary tribute to the workers killed in the Westray Mine explosion. Delegates will also be invited to participate in a virtual reality experience designed to give Canadians a glimpse at the horrific realities faced by refugees fleeing war zones.
On May 11, delegates will take to the streets to challenge Islamophobia and racism and promote economic justice, including $15 and fairness.
Stay tuned for more information on speakers, activities, and the agenda.