Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

May 20, 2008 08:30 ET

Media Advisory/REMINDER: 25th Canadian Labour Congress Convention in Toronto From May 26 - 30, 2008

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 20, 2008) - Thousands of workers and union activists from across Canada will gather at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from May 26 to May 30 to set the next three-year course for the country's largest democratic and popular organization, the Canadian Labour Congress.

More than 2,000 delegates from workplaces, guests from the labour movement around the world, and numerous observers are expected to converge for five days of debate, discussion, deliberation and demonstration, with one goal in mind: how to improve the quality of life of Canada's working people and their families.

"The work that people do at our triennial conventions results in real change for everyday working people, their families and their communities. Our theme - Unions! Now more than ever! - speaks to the accomplishments of the past while putting the focus on the fact that unions make a difference when it comes to wages, health and safety, equality and a better deal from the boss. More Canadians will be better off than they are today if they have a union in their corner at work tomorrow," says Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress.

Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre (255 Front Street West,

Dates: Monday, May 26 through Friday, May 30, 2008

Program: Strategic policy sessions will focus on ways to improve the
quality of life of workers, their families and their
communities - including climate change and green jobs,
government action on jobs creation, women's economic
equality, a public pharmacare program, and growing the
number of Canadians covered by a collective agreement at

Opening: Ken Georgetti, Canadian Labour Congress' president, will
kick off the Convention on Monday, May 26 at 11:15 a.m. with
an address to delegates.

Speakers: Phil Fontaine, National Chief of the Assembly of First
Nations - Tuesday morning.

Mike McCracken, President of Infometrica (on jobs and the
economy) - Tuesday morning.

Armine Yalnizyan, Community Social Planning Council of
Toronto (on the Growing Gap and Women's Economic Equality) -
Tuesday afternoon.

Lorne Calvert, Saskatchewan NDP Leader, and Marie-Claude
Premont, Ecole nationale d'administration publique Law
Professor and noted public health care advocate on
Pharmacare - Wednesday afternoon.

Jack Layton, Leader of the federal New Democratic Party -
Thursday morning.

Sharan Burrow, President of the Australian Council of Trade
Unions (video address) - Thursday morning.

Events: A Rally followed by a mass leafleting of Toronto's downtown
business district in support of the "Equality! Once and for
All!" campaign for women's economic equality - Monday lunch

"Climate Change and Green Jobs: Labour's Challenges": a
panel of environmental experts will focus on the role of
unions in the shift towards a sustainable economy, the
impact of a carbon tax on working families, and more -
Wednesday morning.


Bona fide media can pick up their credentials beginning on Sunday, May 25 from 12 p.m. in the Media Room (located in Room 203D of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre).

The Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the labour movement, represents 3.2 million Canadian workers. The CLC brings together Canada's national and international unions along with the provincial and territorial federations of labour and 130 district labour councils. Web site:

Contact Information

  • Canadian Labour Congress
    Jeff Atkinson
    613-526-7425 and 613-863-1413
    Canadian Labour Congress
    Jean Wolff
    613-526-7431 and 613-878-6040