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Labour Council endorses candidates in municipal elections

Labour Council endorses candidates in municipal elections

The Hamilton and District Labour Council has endorsed the following candidates for election to Hamilton City Council and the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board:

Mayor:                      Brian McHattie

City Councillors:

Ward 1:                     Sandy Shaw

Ward 2:                     Jason Farr

Ward 3:                     Matthew Green

Ward 4:                     Sam Merulla

Ward 6:                     Tom Jackson

Ward 7:                     Scott Duvall

Ward 8:                     Terry Whitehead

Ward 9:                     Geraldine McMullen

Ward 14:                   Robert Pasuta

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board Trustees:

Ward 1&2:                 Chris Erl

Ward 3:                     Larry Pattison

Ward 4:                     Ray Mulholland

Ward 5:                     Todd White

Ward 7:                     Marlon Picken

Ward 8:                     Wes Hicks

Ward 9&10:               Greg Sinasac

Ward 11&12:             Alex Johnstone

Ward 13&14:             Greg VanGeffen

Ward 15:                   Penny Deathe

The endorsement process began in the Fall of 2013 with a ward-by-ward analysis. A working group drawn from public and private sector unions was formed in January 2014 to manage the process, define priority issues, design questionnaires for candidates, and make recommendations to the Labour Council for endorsement. The recommendations were presented to the Labour Council at a special meeting on August 13, 2014. (Note: VanGeffen was endorsed on September 17, 2014.)

The major focus for the labour community in the upcoming municipal elections will be jobs with fair and living wages. The city requires a sustainable approach to economic development that maintains public services, enhances infrastructure and builds with purpose, emphasizing community involvement and social inclusion. The transit system must connect workers to jobs. And both the next city council and the school boards must take local procurement seriously, using the latitude available to them to stimulate economic activity and create jobs here and in nearby communities.

"We will work hard over the coming months to inform our members about the opportunity to make a real impact on October 27," said Geoff Roman, acting president of the Hamilton and District Labour Council. "The candidates that we have endorsed are a blend of new faces, new ideas, and veteran leadership that can move Hamilton forward."

The Hamilton and District Labour Council, chartered by the Canadian Labour Congress, represents more than 40,000 members in public and private sector unions and all sectors of the economy in the greater Hamilton area.

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