|The Manitoba Federation of
Manitoba Federation of Labour is the provinces central labour body,
chartered by the Canadian Labour Congress in 1956 to represent the
interests of CLC affiliated unions in Manitoba.
Our affiliates have a combined membership of more than 90,000 working
women and men in the private and public sectors, including the
manufacturing sector, government offices, retail stores, hospitals,
schools, the natural resources sector, tourism, agriculture,
transportation and many others.
The MFL is a democratic structure, directed by policies decided at
regularly held conventions, which are attended by elected delegates
our affiliates. Between conventions, the MFLs activities are determined
by our Executive Council, made up representatives from our thirteen
largest affiliates. Collectively, Executive Council members directly
represent more than 90% of our grassroots membership.
Executive Council is constitutionally designed to ensure representation
from five distinct regions of the province, from the five labour
councils in Manitoba, from the Construction trades, and from the
Manitoba Federation of Union Retirees (voice, but no vote). At least
of the six Executive Council seats held by our three largest affiliates
are designated to be filled by women. The MFL is proud that it
historically exceeds equity group representation requirements.
The Federation has established two Caucuses - The Workers of Colour
Caucus and the Aboriginal Workers Caucus - in recognition of the need
workers in these areas to have a structure to discuss issues of
and to develop strategies to meet their needs. These caucuses are
represented on Executive Council by two vice-presidents (the chairs of
The purposes of the Manitoba Federation of Labour are:
- To support
the principles and policies of the Canadian Labour Congress.
- To promote
the interests of its affiliates and generally to advance the economic
and social welfare of the workers in Manitoba.
- To assist
affiliate organizations in extending the benefits of mutual assistance,
collective bargaining and union education to the workers.
- To assist
wherever possible in the organization of the unorganized into unions
their mutual 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.
encourage all workers without regard to perceived race, creed, colour,
age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin or political beliefs to
share in the full benefit of union organization.
- To secure
provincial legislation which will safeguard and promote the principle
free collective bargaining, the rights of workers and the security and
welfare of all people and give collective expression to our elected
- 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
- To promote
the cause of peace and freedom in the world and to assist and cooperate
with free and democratic labour movements throughout the world.
- To aid and
encourage the sale and use of union made goods and unionized services
through the use of the union label and other symbols.
- To protect
the labour movement from all corrupt influences and from the
efforts of all totalitarian agencies which are opposed to the basic
principles of democracy and free and democratic unionism.
preserve the independence of the labour movement from political
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, provincial and federal
A major role of the MFL is to provide a forum for our affiliates to
develop consensus decisions on common issues and to speak for our
affiliates in dealings with the provincial government, the business
sector and with community groups. We coordinate the appointment of
representatives on government boards and commissions to ensure that the
legitimate views of workers are put forward. We lobby government for
progressive legislation and policies that will benefit working people
and against policies that hurt them.
Other important roles of the MFL are to coordinate and provide
educational opportunities to our affiliates, so that their members have
access to the tools they need to provide key services to their union
brothers and sisters.
The MFL assists affiliates, particularly those with limited resources,
in their undertakings, upon request. Assistance in activities includes
those related to organizing the unorganized, health and safety, workers
compensation, communications, media relations, education, political
action, coordinating inter-union activities and dispute resolution.
The MFL has six standing committees and two ad hoc committees, made up
of members elected or appointed by our affiliates. Their responsibility
is to carry out projects on behalf of Executive Council, initiate
activities to further the labour movement's objectives in specific
interest areas and to provide advice to the MFL.
The MFL Committees are concerned with the following issues:
Womens Issues Workplace Safety and Health
Education (ad hoc) Political Education
Human Rights Workers Compensation
Environment Apprenticeship (ad hoc)
Our Committees organize conferences and educationals, and promote
affiliates views in their interest areas.
For more information, contact John Doyle Communications Coordinator at
947-1400. Fax: 943-4276. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
MFL Executive Council
Executive Council President
MFL VP - MGEU
MFL VP - MGEU
MFL VP - UFCW
MFL VP -
MFL VP - CUPE
MFL VP –
MFL VP - ATU
MFL VP - CAW
MFL VP - CEP
MFL VP - CUPW
MFL VP - IAM&AW
MFL VP -
MFL VP - OEIU
MFL VP - PSAC
MFL VP - UNITE
MFL VP - USWA
MFL VP - (Prov.
Construction Division) John Moore
Area VP - Winnipeg
Area VP - Selkirk
Area VP - Portage la
Van Den Bussche
Area VP - Brandon
Area VP - South
Area VP - Dauphin
Area VP - Flin Flon
Area VP - The
Area VP - Thompson
MFL VP - Workers of
Colour Caucus Catherine
MFL VP - Aboriginal
Workers Caucus Cathy Woods
MFL VP - Affiliate
Rep - MB Federation
of Union Retirees Al Cerilli
Councils and Coordinating Committees
Unions affiliated with the Manitoba Federation of Labour are encouraged
to become active in community politics, labour issues and other
progressive activities. The best way to do that is by affiliating with
the labour Council or Coordinating Committee in your community. If you
need assistance in this, contact Iris Taylor at the Canadian Labour
Congress office in Winnipeg at 204-947-9494.