Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

May 25, 2005 14:52 ET

Thousands of workers to convene in Montréal to strengthen their poli

Canadian Labour Congress to hold its Convention in Montréal, June 13-17 Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, News Editor, World News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor OTTAWA--(CCNMatthews - May 25, 2005) - The Canadian Labour Congress, the largest democratic and popular organization in Canada with over three million members, will hold its 24th Constitutional Convention in Montréal, June 13 through 17. The Convention, which meets every three years, is the supreme governing body of the Canadian Labour Congress. Some 2,500 delegates from workplaces across Canada gather with numerous observers and guests from the labour movement around the world.

"Our discussions at this forum for thousands will focus on how to improve the quality of life of Canadian working people and their families through political action," says Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress. "We'll celebrate our theme - "Unions Make a Difference in People's Lives" - and we'll decide strategies of action on our priorities for the next three years."

Location: Palais des congrès, Montréal, Quebec

Dates: Monday, June 13 through Friday, June 17

Program: Strategic policy sessions will focus on ways to improve the quality of life of workers, their families and their communities - including government action on jobs creation, North American economic integration, strengthening public health care, training and immigration.

Opening: Ken Georgetti, Canadian Labour Congress' president, will kick off the Convention on Monday, June 13 at 10 a.m. with an address to delegates.

Jack Layton, leader of the federal New Democratic Party - Tuesday morning.

Gilles Duceppe, leader of the Bloc Québécois - Wednesday afternoon.

Stephen Lewis, United Nations' special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa - Wednesday morning.

John J. Sweeney, president of the AFL-CIO - Thursday morning.

Maude Barlow, national chair of the Council of Canadians - Monday afternoon.

Roberta Jamieson, CEO of the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation - Tuesday afternoon.

Adams Oshiomhole, president of the Nigeria Labour Congress - Tuesday afternoon.

Mamounata Cissé, assistant general secretary of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) - Thursday afternoon.

Events: A "Union Label Fashion Show" to highlight solidarity and respect for the rights of workers in the fashion, clothing and textile industries around the world - Wednesday afternoon.

Awards: Since 1992, the Canadian Labour Congress has delivered an Award for Outstanding Service to Humanity at each Convention (Tuesday) and Environmental Awards (Thursday).

Elections: At each Convention, the delegates choose the executive leaders of the Canadian Labour Congress for the next three years - Thursday

Accreditation: Bona fide media can pick up their credentials beginning on Sunday, June 12 from 12 p.m. in the Media Room.

Media Room: The Media Room will be located on the 500 Level of the Palais des congrès de Montréal in Room 518C.

The Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the labour movement, represents 3 million Canadian workers. The CLC brings together Canada's national and international unions along with the provincial and territorial federations of labour and 137 district labour councils. Web site:

Contacts: Jeff Atkinson, 613-526-7425 and 613-863-1413
Jean Wolff, 613-526-7431 and 613-878-6040 /For further information: Jeff Atkinson 613-526-7425 and 613-863-1413/ IN: ECONOMY, FINANCE, LABOUR, POLITICS, SOCIAL

Contact Information

  • Jean Wolff, Director, Canadian Labour Congress
    Primary Phone: 613-526-7431
    Secondary Phone: 613-878-6040