The Labour/United Way Partnership has deep national and local roots. It is founded on similar values and principles; a shared belief that in order for a community to be great, it must be great for everyone. Both movements understand that much more can be accomplished by working collectively.
In 1988, United Way Centraide Canada (UWCC) signed a formal partnership agreement with Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), the largest umbrella organization of unions and other labour bodies in Canada representing over 3.3 million members. The partnership agreement, which includes a Statement of Principles, was updated and resigned in March, 2012. This Statement is aimed at providing a context for the two organizations to work towards their common goals while respecting each other's different approaches and structures. United Way is the only organization that CLC endorses for payroll deduction.
In 1959, the Saskatoon and District Labour Council (SDLC) and the Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce came together and formed what we now know as United Way of Saskatoon and Area. As a partner, advocate and community builder, the Labour Movement has played a significant role in the development and success of United Way since its inception. In 1995, SDLC and United Way of Saskatoon and Area formalized their 36 year partnership and signed their Statement of Principles. This Partnership renewed in 2010 with both parties recommitting to working together to strengthen our community.
Labour is represented at all levels of United Way of Saskatoon and Area, including a staff position – Associate Director, Labour Partnerships & Engagement - and two designated labour seats on the Board of Directors.
Labour Community Advocate Training
A cornerstone of the partnership is the Labour Community Advocate Training Program. Labour Community Advocates (LCAs) have three roles:
- To link workers facing workplace, personal or family challenges with resources in the community;
- To identify community issues where the union can play a role through collective bargaining or social actions; and
- To support community activism among union members, unions and labour organizations.
LCAs play a vital role in connecting the union, the workplace and the community. The course is a union-based course designed by the Canadian Labour Congress and endorsed by the SDLC.
Labour Community Advocates Brochure
"Labour's support for United Way is not about charity; it's about supporting and working collectively to create and foster change. Unions have held a leadership role in pushing for social justice for all – in United Way we have a partner who shares these same goals."
- Larry Hubich, Saskatchewan Federation of Labour President
United Way and Partnership News
For more information regarding the Labour/United Way Partnership, contact:
Andrea Howe, Associate Director, Labour Partnerships
United Way of Saskatoon & Area