John Cartwright

John Cartwright is the President of the Toronto & York Region Labour Council, representing 200,000 union members in Canada's largest urban centre. A carpenter by trade, he was formerly the Business Manager of the Building Trades Council and co-chair of the Metro Jobstart Coalition. John has served on the Boards of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, the United Way Toronto and the Labour Education Centre.

Over the years he has helped develop the Campaign for Public Education, Public Transit for the Public Good, and the Toronto Waterwatch campaign to defend vital public services in Toronto. John has been deeply involved apprenticeship and training issues, as well as crafting the "Green Jobs Strategy" for the Canadian Labour Congress. In 2007 he led the successful fight for a $10 Minimum Wage, and has recently focused on challenging the growth of poverty wages in our economy.

John Cartwright
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Jan 30, 2018

They way forward for unions is together

John Cartwright
The president of the Toronto & York Region Labour Council wants union leaders to work for a solution to avoid damage to the movement
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Jan 30, 2018
Hands in Solidarity, Hands of Freedom mural on the side of the United Electrical Workers trade union building on West Monroe Street at Ashland Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. Photo: Terence Faircloth/Flickr

An open letter to our movement

John Cartwright
The president of the Toronto & York Region Labour Council wants union leaders to work for a solution to avoid damage to the movement.
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Oct 1, 2016

It takes money to produce the Toronto we want

John Cartwright
Maureen O'Reilly
Toronto needs new revenues -- to build subways and fix roads but also to increase social programs that prevent gun violence, increase access to child care and provide safe recreational opportunities.
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Jun 24, 2015

We don't have to choose between jobs and climate action

John Cartwright
We don't have to choose between the economy and the environment. On July 5, I will join others in Toronto to demand a justice-based transition to a new energy economy from our political leaders.
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Apr 10, 2015

The curse of a two-tiered future for young Canadians

John Cartwright
Why is income inequality spreading? Today in the job market, young people face two-tiered wages, outsourcing sections of work to low-wage contractors, temp agencies, and worse.

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