HDLC 1130 Barton Street East, Suite 210, Hamilton, Ontario L8H 7P9 • 905 547-2944 FAX 905 547-2865

Welcome to the Hamilton and District Labour Council


This is the on-line home of the labour movement in Hamilton. Browse here to learn about the Labour Council and the important contributions that working folk and their unions make to our city.

This site is not related to the Ministry of Labour. Please contact Employment Standards at 1-800-531-5551 about workplace issues, or your union steward if you work in a unionized workplace.



Check back for updates on the resumption of regular meetings. Check the HDLC Facebook page and watch your email for opportunities to connect safely.


Join us for an on-line panel:

Workplace Organizing During a Pandemic

Featuring Aminah Sheikl (ETFO) & Lacy Sauntharajan (SEIU 2)

Thursday, May 28, 2020 from 7 pm to 8 pm

Register at hdlc.ca/organize


Next Delegates' Meeting: TBA

Offices of CUPE 5167, 818 King St East (@ Fairleigh Ave)

Child minding available on site if requested by the Monday prior to the meeting

Labour Council meetings are open to the public. Visitors are welcome!

Upcoming Workgroup Meetings

All workgroups meet at the Labour Council offices, 1130 Barton St. East, unless otherwise noted. During this time of emergency restrictions, workgroups meet through video or telephone conferencing. Contact the appropriate workgroup chair or coordinator (noted below) or email hdlc@cogeco.net for connection information.

Health & Safety and Wellness (Gillian Surette-Robinson): Wednesday, May 27, 2020  at 5 pm (jointly with Political Action)

Human Rights (Ritch Whyman): TBA

Political Action: (Malcolm Buchanan) Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 5 pm (jointly with H&S)

Special Events: (Anthony Marco) TBA

Women's Equity: (Jayoti Edingto) TBA

Young Workers: (Erin Car) TBA

Commemerating DAY OF MOURNING, APRIL 28, 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic

Thank you to all who contributed to a safe and meaningful commemoration of the Day of Mourning in 2020: those who participated  in any way in the video, especially the front-line workers, those who used on-line resources to learn/teach about the importance of the day, those who laid a wreath at the monument, those who lit a candle at twilight in remembrance and rededication. And to all who took a moment anytime during the day to bring to mind the sacrifices of the workplace dead, injured and sick and who resolved to honour them by committing to fight for the health, safety and dignity of workers, we express our gratitude. "An injury to one is an injury to all."

Special thanks to the Heath & Safety, Wellness workgroup of the Labour Council for pulling together the 2020 commemoration in unusual and ever-changing circumstances. Well done!



#WorkersDayofMourning  #StopthePandemicatWork



Information from the Government of Canada, including latest updates, symptoms and treatment, isolation requirements and procedures and financial and economic support.

Information from the Province of Ontario, including essential workplaces.

information from Public Health, City of Hamilton

Locations & procedures: Hamilton Assessment Centres



Workers Step Up – Shut down hate!

In a political and cultural climate where our comrades in Hamilton are being harassed, bullied, threatened and assaulted on the basis of race, religion and gender, the Hamilton labour community seeks to band together in resistance.

Our cause is not only in our workplaces. Our cause is in our community.

Fight fascism and racism in Hamilton. For more information, and to read the pledge, click here.

Forms for Affiliates

Scroll down or check here for the most recent news and information from Labour Council and look at our calendar for upcoming meetings, labour-related and labour-supported events.

Affiliates can view and print credential forms and per capita payment forms here.

Delegates can view and print forms to claim general expenses, travel expenses and dependent care reimbursement here.

Application form for the Labour Council scholarship can be viewed and printed here.

Boycotts and Pickets

The Hamilton and District Labour Council supports the following boycotts and urges all our members and friends to actively refrain from using the products and/or services provided by these businesses and organization. Please help publicize the boycotts and participate in pickets and other solidarity actions whenever possible.




The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women


We light a candle in memory of our fallen sisters, the women who die every year from the violence perpetrated against women.

We light a candle for the 14 sisters in Montreal who died at the hands of a gunman on December 6, 1989–simply because they were women. . .

We light a candle of hope – a symbol of the human spirit, the spirit of our collective action, and our collective resistance to all violence, especially against women and children. May this candle light the way to a better tomorrow, a world in which every woman is treated with the dignity, respect, care and compassion that is her birthright.


Original artwork by Regan Turner (SEIU)

"Communities are best able to set their own economic priorities and achieve economic security when most of their basic needs are met by local businesses that employ local labour and use local resources to meet the needs of local residents for employment, goods, and services." - David C. Korten, Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth (San Francisco: Barrett-Koehler, 2009), 128.

Click to Take Action!

Contact your Member of Provincial Parliament - Hamilton & Halton Region

Check contact information for:


Andrea Horwath––Hamilton Centre, Ted McMeekin––Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, Paul Miller--Hamilton East-Stoney Creek, Sam Oosterhoff--NiagaraWest-Glanbrook


Kevin Flynn--Oakville, Burlington--Eleanor McMahon, Halton--Indira Naidoo-Harris

Contact your Member of Parliament - Hamilton & Halton Region


Bob Bratina--Hamilton East-Stoney Creek, David Christopherson--Hamilton Centre, Scott Duvall--Hamilton Mountain, David Sweet--Flamborough-Glanbrook, Filomena Tassi--Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas

Halton Region:

Pam Darnoff--Oakville North-Burlington, Karina Gould--Burlington, John Oliver--Oakville, Lisa Raitt--Milton

LabourStart International labour news and e-mail campaigns
Our Food Banks need urgent help! Items needed: pasta sauce, pasta, tuna, peanut butter, margarine, canned fruit, vegetables and potatoes, canned meat, pork & beans, baby formula, baby food, diapers or cash donations.

Member Services

Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers Promoting physical, mental and social well-being of workers and communities by providing comprehensive occupational health services and information.
Workers Health and Safety Centre Training and information services in health and safety -- meeting workers' needs, consistent with labour's principles.
Prevention Link

Prevention Link is an innovative disability prevention program that focuses on the link between the primary and secondary prevention of occupational injury, illness and disease in workplaces throughout Ontario. The program, supported by the Ontario Ministry of Labour's Prevention Office and governed by the Ontario Federation of Labour's Executive Committee, offers training, mentoring, outreach and advisory services for unionized and non-unionized workers, workplace representatives, and employers – wishing to engage in cost-effective, collaborative and results based outcomes. Our holistic and comprehensive disability prevention program supports the vision, goals and priorities outlined in the Chief Prevention Officer's strategic framework for building healthy and safe Ontario workplaces.

Hamilton & District Injured Workers Group Dedicated to helping injured or disabled workers; workers suffering from toxic exposures, and families and co-workers of those killed on the job.
Universal Promotions Provider of Canadian made and Union made clothing and other items. Hamilton Office: 1031 Barton Street East Room 4 - Contact Harvey Woodrow harvey@universalpromotions.com
HSR Take the bus. Help the environment.
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