Economic and Social Policy Resolutions

Composite Resolution Trade Agreements/CETA – covering resolutions ESP-031 to 034, ESP-036, and ESP-039 to ESP-041
The CLC will continue to work with the labour movement and other allies to:

  •  fight ratification of the proposed Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) through public education, campaigning and lobbying;
  •  lobby the federal government to immediately publicly disclose the full text of the draft CETA and all Canadian proposals and to create the conditions for an open and inclusive public debate, notably through public consultations and a parliamentary commission;
  •  work with affiliates, federations of labour, labour councils, the Trade Justice Network, Council of Canadians and other allies to better educate the public about the flaws and impacts of the CETA and other "free trade" agreements and to make CETA a priority issue in upcoming election campaigns;
  •  oppose trade agreements that include investor state provisions, limit public procurement, limit public services, extend pharmaceutical patent protection and other monopoly intellectual property rights, make deregulation permanent;
  •  lobby provincial and municipal governments to demand an opt-out clause if the federal government proceeds with ratification; and
  •  support more progressive sustainable trade regimes based on solidarity, mutual economic support and expanding social welfare.

Composite Resolution Anti-Privatization (Public Service) – covering resolutions ESP-052 to 056
The CLC will continue to work with the labour movement and other allies to:

  • oppose all privatization of public services;
  • defend, strengthen and expand public services.

Composite Resolution Post-Secondary Education and Training – covering resolutions ESP-035, ESP-065 to ESP-067, ESP-134 to ESP-135
The CLC will continue to work with the labour movement and other allies to:

  • urge the federal government to implement a Post-Secondary Education and Training Act that would require all provincial and territorial governments to provide post-secondary education that is publicly administered, comprehensive, universally available, portable and accessible;
  • urge the federal government to create a dedicated Post-Secondary Education and Training Transfer that would make affordable and accessible public post-secondary education and training a reality for every Canadian in every region of Canada. The federal transfer must provide provincial and territorial governments with adequate, predictable and long-term funding, and it must include accountability mechanisms;
  • support efforts to make post-secondary education and training a policy priority for all political parties;
  • support progressive organizations in the student movement in their efforts to reduce tuition fees and establish a national needs-based grants program;
  • demand that governments increase their efforts to promote and strengthen apprenticeship training;
  • oppose unpaid internships as part of post-secondary curricula; and
  • oppose attempts to privatize post-secondary education and training programs.

Composite Resolution Migrant Workers – covering ESP-042 to ESP-051, ESP-132 to ESP-133
The CLC will continue to work with the labour movement and other allies to:

  • lobby for the return to a robust federal immigration regime that increases annual immigration numbers, while concurrently calling for a transition toward eliminating the 'lower-skilled’ (National Occupation Classification C & D) categories of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), excluding the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) and the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP);
  • demand that in the interim transition period, in order to protect migrant workers, strong new eligibility requirements be put in place for employers seeking temporary work permits;
  • reaffirm our support for a fair immigration system that addresses Canada’s significant demographic challenges including an ageing population; and
  • call for a full, open and transparent review of the TFWP;
  • continue working with affiliates, human rights and community groups to demand full rights for migrant workers and aggressive enforcement against violations of these rights by employers and labour brokers.

Composite Resolution Public Medicare – covering ESP-075, ESP-076, ESP-078 to ESP-094 and ESP-096
The CLC will continue to work with the labour movement, health coalitions, seniors organizations, community groups and other allies to protect, strengthen and expand Canada’s public Medicare system, including:

  • opposing all forms of privatization of Canada’s public Medicare system, including the for‑profit delivery of publicly funded health care services and programs;
  • advocating for a strong federal role in health care and a new ten-year Health Accord with the provincial and territorial governments that includes:
  1. dedicated, stable and adequate federal funding that includes, at minimum, a six percent annual escalator;
  2. enforcement of the Canada Health Act and closing of gaps in monitoring and reporting;
  3. a national, universal prescription drug plan (Pharmacare) with one public administrator;
  4. a national, universal home care program based on the principles of the Canada Health Act;
  5. a national health human resources strategy; and
  6. support for primary care reform based on the community health centre model including increased access to community-based health care teams and more public funding for new and expanded community health centres.
  • supporting public hospitals by:
  1. opposing cuts to hospital beds and services in every community;
  2. promoting more and better access to hospital beds and a range of hospital services that ensure public hospitals remain essential hubs of health care, including: acute care, complex continuing care, rehabilitation, outpatient care, day surgeries and primary care; and
  3. promoting a national strategy to reduce health care associated infections including more in-house cleaning staff, lower hospital occupancy and mandatory public reporting.
  • fighting for a pan-canadian public continuing care program, covering long-term care, home care and community care, that does the following:
  1. provides dedicated federal transfers financed from general revenue;
  2. enforces the principles of the Canada Health Act;
  3. provides a continuum of care that includes access to acute, community, long-term, home and palliative care;
  4. includes uniform pan-canadian standards including minimum staffing standards to ensure safe and high-quality care; and
  5. phases out for-profit delivery.
  • urging the federal government to develop a strategy on ageing which would include a strategy for dementia, restore and enhance public funding for seniors’ care, including home support services and publicly-operated residential care; highlighting the links between declining seniors’ care and improper staffing, contracting out, contract flipping and privatization; and looking for community partners to provide information on recognizing and preventing elder abuse;
  • demanding that the federal/provincial/territorial governments strengthen public Medicare and the health of Canadians through the following measures:
  1. the inclusion of dental care services in the public health care system;
  2. improved prevention and public health initiatives;
  3. better chronic care management for Canadians suffering from chronic health conditions;
  4. the full integration of hospital and publicly administered home care services;
  5. expanded use of information technologies and electronic health records;
  6. creating a health care infrastructure fund that stipulates public non-profit financing, ownership, management and operation;
  7. investing in Aboriginal health, including efforts to improve water quality on reserves and to cover shortfalls in the Non-insured Health Benefits Program;
  8. re-establishment of the Health Council of Canada; and
  9. introducing a Patient Bill of Rights that would empower patients and the public.
  •  g) supporting efforts to educate and mobilize Canadians to protect, strengthen and expand Canada’s public Medicare system. More specifically, supporting efforts to make a Pharmacare program a priority in the next federal election.

Composite Resolution Child Care – covering ESP-068 to ESP-074
The CLC will continue to work with the labour movement and other allies to:

  • work with affiliates, federations and allies to advocate for all Canadian families to have access to universal, high-quality and affordable child care;
  • oppose income splitting and other individual, private funding solutions that don’t provide much-needed services for working families;
  • support principles of universality and public delivery and oppose both the growth of for-profit, big-box child care and continued reliance on unregulated – sometimes dangerous – private arrangements;
  • demand that early childhood educators receive wages and benefits that reflect the importance of the work they do as well as their training and skills;
  • continue to support the Rethink Child Care Campaign and engage provincial and municipal governments to join in calling for federal government leadership and investment;
  • make child care a priority in federal elections;
  • work with allies to further develop child care policy and support their ChildCare 2020 conference in 2014; and
  • develop tools for affiliates to engage members to make workplace gains on work-life balance and discrimination based on family status.

Composite Resolution Mental Health – covering ESP-097 to ESP-101
The CLC will:

  • lobby the federal government to act on the recommendations of the Mental Health Commission of Canada and provide the necessary funding to the provinces to implement those recommendations; and
  • work with affiliates, provincial and territorial federations of labour and other allies to ensure that all provinces and territories;
  1. adopt the recommendation to increase the share of health spending that goes to mental health from 7% to 9% (approximately $2.8 billion over 10 years);
  2. restore, enhance and expand health care services (both facility- and community-based) for people living with mental health and addiction problems;
  3. provide increased programs and support for offenders with mental health and serious addiction problems;
  4. promote and monitor the implementation of the National Standard of Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace and enforce workload control to be within the standards of workload management;
  5. develop a strategy on mental health awareness in the workplace highlighting prevention, respectful representation and challenging stigma; and
  6. develop educational material to ensure that union members are educated, equipped and empowered to deal with mental health issues in the workplace.

Composite Resolution Violence Against Women – covering ESP-129 to ESP-131
The CLC will:

  • develop an educational module on violence against women;
  • identify and promote good contract language and union programs on domestic violence;
  • promote the CLC – University of Western Ontario research on domestic violence;
  • highlight 2014 as the 25th anniversary of December 6;
  • support the Native Women’s Association of Canada’s call for a federal inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls;
  • lobby the Canadian government to implement a national action plan on violence against women by 2015; and
  • make the link between violence against women and government austerity.

ESP-002 – Owner-Operators
The CLC will work to facilitate meetings and educationals with Human Resources and Skills Development of Canada, Canadian Revenue Agency and the Workers’ Compensation Board for its members and other owner-operators on the differences between an employee, an independent, dependent contractor, and owner-operator and the impact this has on the tax system, Employment Insurance, the Canadian Pension Plan, workers’ compensation coverage and the working class.

General Resolutions

Emergency Resolution #1 - Defined Benefit Pension Plans
The CLC will:

  • work with affiliate unions, federations of labour, labour councils, seniors groups and other allies through the Retirement Security for Everyone campaign to vigorously oppose provincial and federal government and employer attacks on DB workplace pension plans;
  • work with affiliates and allies to develop materials, raise public awareness and educate union members about the value of DB pensions and the threats to these plans, including integrating a discussion of the value of DB and workplace pensions;
  • continue to support and promote defined benefit pension plans as part of the overall Retirement Security for All campaign, including opposing legislation that would allow employers to convert DB plans to target benefit pension plans; and
  • work with affiliates and federations of labour to press provincial governments introducing provincial public pension plans to ensure they follow the Canada Pension Plan/Quebec Pension Plan (CPP/QPP) model of universal coverage and they do not have opt out provisions.

Composite Resolution Labour Movement Reflecting Canada's Diversity – covering resolutions GEN-001 to GEN-012
The CLC will:

  • continue to work with affiliates, federations of labour, labour councils and community allies to build a strong practice of equity and inclusion at all levels of the labour movement in Canada;
  • encourage affiliates to develop comprehensive diversity and inclusion action plans;
  • develop a mentorship program for women, and ensure the inclusion of women from equity seeking groups (including but not limited to racialized women, Aboriginal women, lesbian, bisexual and trans-women, and women with disabilities);
  • work with affiliates to promote human rights, anti-oppression training at all levels of leadership through the affiliated unions;
  • encourage affiliates to support precariously employed members from equity seeking groups to attend educational, committee, conference and other CLC opportunities;
  • strengthen coalition work with activists to identify and support precarious workers to be mobilized; and
  • integrate inter-sectional feminist analysis (recognizing the connections and overlap between equity issues and identities) in planning, implementing and evaluating campaigns and include diverse women’s voices in all CLC activities.

Composite Resolution Working for Human Rights – covering resolutions GEN-013 to GEN-015 and GEN 206
The CLC will continue to be a strong voice for human rights and equity by:

  • calling on the federal government to restore adequate funding for public services and human rights programs that support diversity, fight discrimination and assist equity seeking groups to participate fully in the labour force and society;
  • pushing the federal government to fulfil a national anti-racism framework including annual reports to parliament, a plan to meet targets set by the United Nations’ World Conference Against Racism and the establishment of an Anti-Racism Council to coordinate national, provincial, territorial and municipal anti-racism and human rights policies and legislation;
  • working with disability rights organizations to ensure that Canada honours the commitments it made with the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the rights of people with disabilities and press the government to develop a plan for meaningful implementation, monitoring, and reporting;
  • supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists who are working to broaden social equality; and
  • working with the federations of labour for school board policies and legislation that promote the values of respect, dignity and fairness for all, in an environment that promotes and supports diversity as well as the equal attainment of life opportunities for all students, staff parents and community members.

Composite Resolution Canada Post – covering resolutions GEN-016 to GEN-028
The CLC will:

  • demand the federal government to:
  1. reject the proposed changes to Canada Post;
  2. establish an independent Canada Post ombudsperson to ensure Canada Post maintains national standards and provides Canadians with universal access to postal services;
  3. instruct Canada Post to apply a moratorium on all postal service reductions including hours of services in rural post offices;
  4. fully explore the prospect of adding revenue generating services including services like bill payments, insurance and banking; and
  5. extend the consultation process over proposed service reductions and make the process more transparent and assessable;
  • encourage affiliates, provincial and territorial federations of labour, and labour councils to work with postal unions (including Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), Canadian Postmasters and Assistants Association (CPAA), Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and Teamsters) and other allies in their efforts to defeat the attacks on Canada’s postal service and safeguard door-to-door delivery, and will call for expanded services to strengthen the financial viability of Canada Post;
  • write letters to the Minister responsible for Canada Post and demand that:
  1. Canada Post to maintain and improve our network of public post offices; and
  2. consult with the public, their elected representatives, postal unions and other major stakeholders to improve dramatically the Canadian Postal Service Charter, including developing a reasonable, uniform and democratic process for making changes to the retail and delivery network; and
  • continue to support universal public postal service and oppose post office closures and the privatization and deregulation of Canada Post.

Composite Resolution Labour Rights – covering resolutions GEN-129 to GEN-152
The CLC will:

  • continue through its together FAIRNESS WORKS campaign to reinforce the value of unions, build union pride, and create the necessary conditions to help our members head off and resist any and all legislative attacks on labour rights;
  • continue to work with affiliates, provincial and territorial federations of labour, the progressive labour law community and other allies to protect labour rights as human rights and oppose any government attacks on unions;
  • continue to build on the growing body of research which affirms the critical role labour rights and unions play in advancing democracy within nations, creating greater economic equality and promoting the social well-being of all citizens;
  • continue to defend and advance our right to withdraw our labour as a fundamental right;
  • continue to defend our right to free democratic structures without interference from employers and governments;
  • work with affiliates and provincial and territorial federations of labour to change legislation that restricts our right to organize, bargain collectively and our right to strike;
  • lobby the Prime Minister and other key ministers to object to their interference in free collective bargaining;
  • work with affiliates and provincial and territorial federations of labour in advocating card-check certification as the standard process to achieve unionization in all jurisdictions;
  • encourage all governments to table anti-scab legislation and promote such bills among all unions and political parties in Canada;
  • oppose any legislation or action to limit seniority rights in job competition and placement procedures;
  • promote alternatives to the conservative political agenda;
  • work with community and labour coalitions to oppose anti-union legislation and austerity agendas that hurt everyone;
  • continue to produce materials, training and workshops that reinforce the positive role unions play in society and coordinate regional efforts as needed;
  • work with affiliates, federations of labour and other allies to oppose any attempt to change or eliminate the Rand Formula or to make union dues voluntary;
  • secure membership support for necessary actions when fundamental trade union rights are challenged;
  • commit to restoring the right to refuse and all trade union rights stripped from the Canada Labour Code by the Harper conservatives and secure commitments from opposition parties that these rights will be restored by a new government; and
  • encourage coordination of collective bargaining demands to achieve trade union recognition and rights that are lost through legislative attacks, including definition of danger and the right to refuse.

Composite Resolution Young Workers – covering resolutions GEN-153 to GEN-158 and ESP-108 to ESP-110 as amended
The CLC will work with affiliates, the Young Worker Representative and the Young Worker Advisory Committee to develop a strategy that addresses the following:

  • education and leadership training opportunities for young workers;
  • young worker issues both in the workforce and in the labour movement;
  • young worker engagement in political action and the political work of the CLC;
  • opportunities to organize and engage young workers in our communities; and
  • engagement and networking opportunities for young workers in activities at all levels of our labour movement, including conventions, conferences and educational events.

The CLC will:

  • work with youth and student groups, affiliates and community partners to reshape public policy around protecting the future of work for the next generation of workers with emphasis on job creation, access to education and adequate protection of young workers;
  • work with affiliates and provincial and territorial federations of labour to call on the government for a national job creation strategy that creates permanent, full-time positions for young workers;
  • continue to produce research and online materials to inform young and non-unionized workers of the benefits and rights offered by unions;
  • continue to produce research and material directed at youth and young workers about the negative impacts of austerity measures;
  • ollaborate with affiliates and social allies to foster a youth-voter culture and increase awareness among young Canadians of politics and democratic institutions; and
  • work with affiliates, federations and allies to prevent, defeat and or reverse two-tier working conditions (wage, benefits, pension...) imposed on workers on the basis of date of hiring and other criteria stipulated under S. 2d of the Charter.

Composite Resolution Standing up for Women's Rights and Gender Equality – covering GEN-159 to GEN-162 and GEN-205
The CLC will:

  • advocate for public services and programs that improve women’s work/life balance such as early learning and child care, home care, long-term care and community-based social services;
  • work with its affiliates to develop model collective agreement language that would enhance women’s work/life balance; and urge all affiliates to:
  1. call on and educate their elected representatives at all levels on the importance of promoting work and family balance and the need for paid family leave under employment standards legislation; and
  2. commit to negotiating paid family leave language;
  • promote a gender-based analysis of the causes and consequences of income inequality;
  • raise awareness of negative impacts the federal funding cuts made to women’s organizations have had on women’s lives, prior to the 2015 election;
  • reinvigorate awareness on pay equity for women with a gender-based analysis of the causes, consequences of and solution for income inequality, by recognizing Equal Pay Day in April, and continue to lobby efforts to narrow the wage gap in all jurisdictions;
  • work with affiliates and allies to pressure governments to maintain existing right to refuse dangerous work definitions and processes and to expand them to include refusal to work in proximity with an abusive domestic partner; and
  • defend women’s access to safe, affordable and accessible sexual and reproductive health services and to promote a vision of reproductive justice that addresses the inequality of opportunities that women have to control their own reproductive destiny.

GEN-196 "together FAIRNESS WORKS"
The CLC will:

  • continue to build the “together FAIRNESS WORKS” campaign, working with affiliates, federations of labour and labour councils to achieve over three million conversations with union members across Canada about the value of unions in the workplace and in society;
  • create a practice of collective accountability with all affiliates to follow up on the actual implementation of the workplace discussion plans, and highlight best results to inspire the continued involvement of every level of our movement.

Composite Resolution Omnibus Bill C-4 and OHS – covering resolutions GEN-080 to GEN-088 and GEN-255
The CLC and its affiliates will continue to:

  • oppose the changes to Part II of the Canada Labour Code;
  • call upon the Federal Government to repeal the changes made to the Canada Labour Code under Bill C-4, including:
  1. the changes to narrow significantly the definition of danger to include only imminent risks and the power to discipline workers when they invoke the right to refuse dangerous work; and
  2. the provision giving the employer the absolute right to determine what constitutes an essential service and who should perform those services, the exclusion of the role of federal health and safety officers in the investigation process;
  • oppose changes to federal public sector bargaining, including the elimination of the choice between conciliation with the right to strike or binding arbitration as dispute resolutions options and the elimination of the independence of arbitration boards and provision which includes consideration of the state of the economy when deciding arbitral awards; and
  • submit a report to the International Labour Organization (ILO) about Canada’s non compliance with ILO Convention 187.

Constitution and Structure Resolutions

CS-01 – Special Assessment To Finance Public Image Campaign
Effective June 1, 2014 and January 1, 2015, each affiliate will pay a special assessment of $1.50 per dues-paying member. This payment will be placed in a special fund dedicated to public relations campaigns to define and improve the image of the labour movement. Disbursement of funds from the special assessment will be by approval of the Executive Committee.

CS-02 – Per capita increase
Article 7 – Revenue, to be amended as follows: Effective January 1, 2015, each affiliate must pay before the last day of each month, for the preceding month, a per capita tax of 75 cents per dues-paying member. When remitting their per capita tax for June, affiliates must report the location of and number of members in each local.

CS-03 – Revenue
Article 7 – Revenue, to be amended as follows: The Canadian Council, by a two-thirds majority vote, may levy a special assessment on affiliated organizations in order to fund a campaign or for another purpose that is in the interests of the Congress and its affiliated organizations. Each application for a local union charter must include a fee of $25.

CS-04 – Per capita payment authorization for together FAIRNESS WORKS 2013 campaign
Article 7 – Revenue: The provisions of Article 7 and Article 10, Section 7 shall apply to the payment of the fixed per capita tax.

CS-05 – Authorization for digital credentials
Article 10 – Regular conventions – Section 6

  • By 120 days before the convention, the secretary-treasurer will issue credentials to affiliated organizations.
  • The credential will be in digital or paper format and will provide for the designationof an alternate delegate. A digital credential will provide for a secure electronic signature by the presiding officer of the affiliated organization. It must be submitted electronically to the secretary-treasurer at least 30 days before the convention.
  • Upon receipt of the digital credential, the CLC will issue a copy of the credential to the delegate. This credential must be shown upon registering at the convention.
  • If a paper credential has been requested, the delegate keeps the original, signed form. The copy must be returned to the secretary-treasurer at least 30 days before the convention.
  • All delegates must be registered by 5:00 pm on the day preceding the elections scheduled in the Convention Program of Business.

CS-06 – Authorization for digital signature on resolutions
Article 11 – Convention committees, Section 4. a: The Canadian Council, an affiliate, a local of an affiliate, or a chartered body can submit a resolution in either electronic or paper format. It must be signed by the presiding officer. The signature can be either digital for electronic resolutions or written for paper resolutions. The resolution must deal with one subject, include an action, and contain no more than 150 words.