Dear Local President,

I am pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the John Belcarz / Dan Zeidler post-secondary education/training memorial scholarships. Two scholarships of $1,000 each are available.

The accompanying attachments contain a poster and application form in English and French (also available on our website:
Please circulate this information to your members.
In solidarity,
Martin O’Hanlon
President, CWA/SCA Canada

2016 David S. Barr Award


DAVID S. BARR was much more than a lawyer to those privileged to know and work with him. He was the Guild’s mentor, advisor, role model, institutional memory and friend. Before starting his own practice and representing our union and others, Barr was a National Labor Relations Board attorney. He was passionate about justice and fairness and viewed journalists as agents of those virtues. In his name, The NewsGuild-CWA awards annual scholarships to one high school and one college student journalist whose work focuses on issues of social justice. Barr had represented the Guild for more than 20 years when he died of a heart attack in 1997 at the age of 61.


* To inspire a new generation of journalists by recognizing work that contributes to the pursuit of justice and fairness.

* To promote issues of importance to working people.

* To serve as a lasting memorial and tribute to David S. Barr.


All entries must be postmarked by Jan. 31, 2016. 

Only entries published or broadcast between Jan. 1, 2015, and Dec. 31, 2015 are eligible.


Download it HERE.


The contest is open to high school students, including those enrolled in vocational, technical or special education programs; and part-time or full-time college students, including those in community colleges and in graduate programs.

Students who have worked or are working as professional journalists – excluding internships — are not eligible to enter.


High school winner: $1,000

College winner: $1,500


Entries will be judged by a panel of at least three professional journalists.


Each student journalist is limited to one entry.

Entries must be accompanied by a summary of the work being submitted.

One original copy of the entry must be submitted, if it was published in print, along with four photocopies.

For entries published online only, submit five good-quality printouts/copies.

For broadcast entries, submit five copies in digital format (flash drives/DVDs).

The publication date of each entry must be clearly visible.

For all entries, if the work is still available online, please include the link in your summary.

A signed, official application form must be attached to each copy of each entry.

Failure to provide all documents as described will result in ineligibility.

All entries become the property of the David S. Barr Award Committee.


David S. Barr Award

The NewsGuild-CWA

501 Third Street, N.W.

Washington DC  20001-2797


Call us at (202) 434-7177.

On Behalf Of Ottawa and District Labour Council







September 17, 2015

2015 Ottawa Labour Day March and Picnic
In an incredible show of support and unity Ottawa’s labour community and their many friends took part in this year’s annual Labour Day March and Picnic. Leaving Ottawa City Hall to McNabb Park many observered one of the largest March turnouts in memory.  Carrying several messages the walk was led by Unifor members who currently are locked out by their employer at the Ottawa airport.

At McNabb Park over 5000 people participated in a fun filled day.  PIPSC National president Debi Daviau representing the Canadian Labour Congress addressed the gathering on the importance of the upcoming Federal election.  Congratulations to PIPSC NCR for winning the ATU 279 Trophy for best float.

2015 Federal Election
In one of the longest election periods ever held Canadians will go to the polls on October 19th to elect a government.  Stephen Harper and the Conservatives have made no secret of their disdain for unions since first coming to power.  Through back-to-work legislation, anti-union government bills such as C-377 and C-525 and a host of other legislative changes and policies union members and their families have suffered.  Now more than ever union members need to be involved in this election. Casting a ballot and volunteering for a candidate will go a long way ensuring we elect a government who wants to work together with us and not against working people.  Our Political Action and Municipal Affairs Committee has been hard at work and will be providing further information throughout the campaign.  For more info on our issues check out

In addition, the Ottawa and District Labour Council and the Canadian Labour Congress are holding canvass nights for NDP candidates in the Ottawa area.  The canvasses take place on Tuesday evenings and commenced September 8th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.  Each Tuesday will see a different riding selected for the canvass.  We will also be holding Saturday canvasses.  For more info contact the Labour Council.

Ottawa Airport Taxis Locked-Out
On August 11th the Ottawa Airport Authority locked out Airport Taxis at the Ottawa International Airport.  The drivers are members of Unifor Local 1688.  The attack against the airport drivers by Coventry Connection continues as the imposed doubling of fees paid by drivers was implemented at the airport without discussion or negotiation.  All of this in addition to UBER illegally operating in our city.  Labour Council reminds our affiliates and friends to support Ottawa’s unionized workforce.

Unifor has requested that anyone flying into the Ottawa airport not use any and all taxis leaving the airport.  The union considers all of these drivers scabs.  Instead you are asked to use the shuttle, OC Transpo, rent a car, have a friend or coworker pick you up.  However, if travelling to the airport from any other area of the city do use BlueLine or Capital taxis.

Canada Post
The loss of door to door mail delivery remains a priority and a Federal election issue not only for CUPW and the broader labour community but for many others.  If talking to candidates or attending all candidate debates as we head towwards October 19th please ask them what their position is on the loss of door to door mail delivery.

Social Media
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