Young Workers

April 25, 2015

How can I get involved with my union?

The simplest way is to attend your union’s monthly meetings. But if that isn’t for you, you can join one of your union’s committees or your provincial federation of labour young workers committee. 

To find out if your union has a young workers committee check your union’s website, or call your local union office. You can also contact our CLC Young Workers Representative who can help you. If your union doesn’t have a young workers committee, start one!

There are always lots of community and issue-based campaigns you can engage with if you prefer to not join a committee. You can get involved in volunteer work, charities, participate in international solidarity work, even get active online using social media. You can join the young worker’s CLC Facebook page and follow us on Twitter. 

If you’re looking for more labour education, we’ve got you covered. 

Union education can be formal or informal. Unions teach courses on everything from shop stewardship to communications. Check your union’s website for information on the courses they offer and the CLC’s Labour Education section for the opportunities we offer.

Why are unions involved in politics?

Defending the rights of our members at the bargaining table isn’t enough when the laws governing unions and employment standards can be changed by politicians. You can be part of this work by contacting your union and participating in events focussed on elections or other campaigns. To learn more about what the labour movement has done for all Canadians, visit our ‘About Us’ section.

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