Canadian Labour Congress (CLC)

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Canadian Labour Congress (CLC)

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1956-

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The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) is a national trade union centre, the central labour body in English Canada to which most Canadian labour unions are affiliated. It was founded on April 23, 1956 through the merger of the Trades and Labour Congress of Canada and the Canadian Congress of Labour.

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It's head office is in Ottawa, and it has regional offices in Moncton, Toronto, Regina and Vancouver. The Conventions of the CLC elect the Officers—the President, Secretary-Treasurer and two Executive Vice-Presidents. The executive committee looks after the affairs and administration of the congress. It consists of the officers and vice presidents and meets at least four times a year. The CLC's executive council, which is the governing body of the CLC between conventions, consists of the congress officers, the leadership of the 22 largest unions in the CLC, and representatives of women, people of colour, aboriginal, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, youth and retired workers. This group meets at least three times a year. The role of the CLC is to represent its affiliates to the government, media, etc., to co-ordinate the efforts of various unions on specific campaigns—either electoral or issues-based—and to promote non-competition between its affiliates.

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