What is a Labour Council?

Leeds and Grenville Labour Council: By-Laws Article 2- Purpose

The purposes of the Labour Council are:

1. To support the principles and policies of the Canadian Labour Congress.

2. To promote the interests of its affiliates and generally to advance the economic and social welfare of workers.

3. To assist:

a) affiliated organizations in extending its benefits of mutual assistance and collective bargaining to workers.

b) in the organization of the unorganized into a union for their metal aid, protection and advancement, giving recognition to the principle that both craft and industrial unions are appropriate, equal and necessary as methods of union organization.

4. To encourage all workers without regard to age, ancestry, colour, race, citizenship, ethnic origin, place of origin, creed, disability, family status, martial status (including single status), gender identity, gender expression, receipt of public assistance (in housing only), record of offences (in employment only), sex (including pregnancy and breastfeeding), or sexual orientation, to share din the full benefits of union organization.

5. To secure legislation which will safeguard and promote the principle of free collective bargaining, the rights and liberties to which we are justly  entitled, and preserve and perpetuate the cherished traditions of our democracy.

6. To protect and strengthen our democratic institutions, to secure full recognition and enjoyment of the rights and liberties to which we are justly entitled, and to preserve and perpetuate the cherished traditions of our democracy.

7. To promote the cause of peace and freedom in the world and to assist and cooperate with fee and democratic labour movements throughout the the world.

8. To aid and encourage the sale and use of bunion-made goods and union services through the use of the Union Label and other symbols; to promote the labour press and other means of furthering the education of the labour movement.

9. To protect the labour movement from any and all corrupt influences and from any agencies which opposed to the basic principles of our democracy and free democratic unionism.

10. To safeguard the democratic character of the labour movement and to observe and respect the autonomy of each affiliated union.

11`. While preserving the independence of the labour movement from political control, to encourage workers to vote, to exercise their full rights and responsibilities of citizenship, and to perform their rightful part in the political life of the municipal, regional, provincial, and federal governments.