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Labour Advocacy Programs

United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Labour Congress have been partners since 1988 – working together to strengthen communities across the country. 

Unions are long-standing and generous contributors to United Way, encouraging members to volunteer and give. The partnership goes much deeper than just financial support – labour representatives also advocate for those in need in their communities and serve on United Way boards and committees. 

In Windsor-Essex County, a Labour Advocacy staff member provides dedicated support to build positive relationships between labour, the community and United Way to help facilitate social change.

Training plays a critical role in building these relationships and providing resources to the labour community. In addition to leading the Labour Community Advocate Training Program, United Way supports the Adjustment Action Centre Peer Helpers as well as UNIFOR Employee and Family Assistance Representatives.

Labour Appreciation 2021

Thank you to all our labour partners who are steadfast champions of United Way and support Windsor-Essex County all year long.

Labour Community Advocate Training

The Labour Community Advocate Training Program explores the challenges faced by working families, and the ways in which labour and communities can work together.

Through this training, Labour Community Advocates gain a variety of skills to help workers identify issues and connect them with appropriate resources in the community. Labour Community Advocates also support their unions by identifying common issues where the union can play a positive role through collective bargaining or social action.

Labour Community Advocate Level 1 Training is offered from February to April each year. Level 2 Training is offered from September through November.

Level 1 – Labour Community Advocate Training Topics

  • Union & Communities Working Together
  • Community Services
  • Communication Principles
  • Interviewing & Referral Skills
  • Financial Issues
  • Substance Use & Abuse
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Bereavement in the Workplace
  • Labour Community Advocacy & Equity

Level 2 – Labour Community Advocate Training Topics

  • Panel Discussions
  • Agency Tours & Presentations
  • 211 services
  • Activists Caring for Ourselves
  • Services for Addictions
  • Labour Community Advocates and the Local Union

Learn more or register for Labour Advocacy Programs