Structures & Operations

The Ottawa and District Labour Council is this region's "House of Labour", or central labour body. Just as workers unite in a union to protect their rights, union locals unite in the Labour Council to further their aims and objectives.

Since it was founded in 1872, the Labour Council has served and represented workers in Ottawa.

The Labour Council's 90 affiliated union locals reflect the whole spectrum of organized labour in Canada. Public and private sector, clerical, service and industrial workers join together through the Labour Council to give a voice to their concerns.

Directly chartered by the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) and affiliated to the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL), the Council speaks out as labour's voice on municipal, provincial and national issues and promotes the social and economic welfare of workers and all Canadians. It is this body that the CLC and OFL turn to in order to carry out their policies in the community.

The Labour Council is involved in a number of educational and service-oriented projects on an ongoing basis. They appoint labour representatives to La Cité collégiale, United Way/Centraide, EI Board of Referees to name a few.

The Ottawa and District Labour Council (ODLC) Executive Board is comprised of 12 members (5 officers plus 7 executive).

ODLC Standing Committees
Political Municipal Affairs Committee
Women's Committee
Human Rights Committee
Health, Safety and the Environment
International Solidarity Committee
Education Committee

Two other programs sponsored by the ODLC include:
LABOUR COMMUNITY SERVICES was established in 1988 as a joint Labour Council/United Way venture. Labour Community Services trains unionists to be union counsellors providing peer-counselling and liaison services for workers requiring assistance from community social services. Labour Community Services is labour's link to the social services and social justice movement in our region.

WORKERS' HERITAGE COMMITTEE attempts to record and preserve the stories of our regions' workers and their workplaces. Workers have largely not left a written record of their experiences and their voices have not been recorded so as those workers pass away in time, their stories are lost.