Adnan Ghadie, Taxi Driver Activist, UNIFOR 1688.
The first time I met Joel on our picket line I knew we would be lifelong friends. He was extremely supportive and at times brought food and coffee, most importantly he brought hope.
Without hope one doesn't have much in life. Most aspiring politicians care about their current and post careers and that's what differentiates Joel from the rest. Compassion is one of his strongest qualities, caring and helping those in need of assistance.
Everyone on this earth has a calling and spend a lifetime trying to discover it. Joel Harden was born for this position, it's his destiny to be a man for the people.
Pam Griffin-Hody, President, CUPE 2424 (Administrative, Technical and Library Staff - Carleton University).
The labour movement should be an example of grassroots democracy. It must encourage diversity of opinion and ideas. It should show society what can happen when diverse groups of people work collectively for the common good.
I believe that Joel Harden will bring these principles to the Ottawa District Labour Council should he be elected President. Indeed, he already has, by encouraging open debate and communication at Labour Council that has seemed to be lacking over the past few years.
Bob Hatfield, Past-President, Workers' History Museum
(Ottawa); Former CEP Education Director.
Joel Harden has the experience, commitment, energy and people skills to help the ODLC reach its full potential. He knows enough about labour history to have a good vision of where the ODLC should be going in the future.
The labour council should be run openly and democratically, provide real services to unions in the region, fill gaps in union and activist education, lead and support union activism and strikes and reach out to all workers in Ottawa. Under Joel's leadership the ODLC can do all this and much more.
Larry Rousseau, Regional Executive Vice President, PSAC National Capital Region
I've known Joel for many years, and he's always shown himself to be a committed and principled activist on questions of social justice and labour rights.
If Joel is elected, he can be trusted to provide strong and inclusive leadership as President of the ODLC. He'll ensure our labour council will engage with all the important labour struggles we face in Ottawa.
Ken Clavette, Past-President, Ottawa District Labour Council (1983-1987)
The role of the Labour Council is to mobilize workers. To provide education giving them the tools and strength to fight back against power.
Joel is the type of union leader that will empower workers to help build labour and community solidarity making Ottawa labour a force for change.
If we want a movement that is inclusive, agitates, educates and organizes workers, Joel is the leader we want to lead us.
Janet Fraser, 1st VP, Ottawa-Carleton Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario.
Ottawa Carleton ETFO is proud to endorse Joel Harden’s candidacy for President of the ODLC.
His goal to “raise labour’s profile in Ottawa and inspire confidence and energy in our unions” is one in which we too believe. Our Executive is excited about Joel’s creative ideas to broaden relationships within the community at large and to shift public debate on the many issues so important to our members and to all citizens.
Joel has proven himself to be a thoughtful and respectful delegate at Labour Council and has helped raise and broaden the level of debate at meetings. Ottawa Carleton ETFO fully supports Joel and we look forward to him taking our Labour Council in new directions to ensure it remains relevant to the struggles of workers today.
SEIU Local 2 endorses Joel Harden’s presidential candidacy for the ODLC. It is time for real change and Joel’s proven dedication to labour and social struggles in this city is the progressive voice the ODLC needs.
His platform for a more inclusive leadership will open the space for more diverse opinions and engage more low-wage and racialized workers, which is representative of the majority of SEIU Local 2 membership in Ottawa.
With Joel as President, the ODLC can be a stronger and more effective organization of unions. Working together, we can hold elected leaders accountable and develop stronger leaders through much-needed trainings and education.
Amrik Singh, President, UNIFOR 1688 (Ottawa taxi drivers).
Joel Harden is a friend of taxi drivers in this city. He supported us during our recent lockout, and helped us challenge our employer and others (like Uber) threatening our jobs.
I am proud to support Joel Harden's candidacy for ODLC President. With his leadership, great things are possible.
Shellie Bird, Renown Child Care Activist and Candidate for ODLC President (2012)
As a union activist in Ottawa for over thirty years, I support Joel Harden’s candidacy for President of the Ottawa District Labour Council.
Joel’s campaign is bringing issues forward that are important for workers and for public programs and services in Ottawa. We need change at our Labour Council. We need a new kind of leadership - one that is inclusive and activist and that builds unity across unions and between labour and the broader community.
We need a Labour Council that will take on the anti-austerity struggle and engage workers -- the organized, the unorganized, the employed, and the unemployed -- to protect historic gains made by labour and to give voice to workers' issues at City Council.
Kevin Partridge, President, CUPE 4600 (Teaching Assistants and Contract Instructors at Carleton University).
Joel is a member of our local and an activist within our community.
He has worked to provide support for all workers regardless of the nature of their work or their previous engagement with labour organizations.
The labour movement cannot grow without this sort of outreach and inclusivity and we strongly urge everyone to engage with the ODLC in order to build a stronger labour movement both in Ottawa and elsewhere.
We believe that one way to do this within the ODLC is to support a renewal of progressive leadership that reaches out to the membership of diverse locals in the Ottawa area and also to unorganized workers and allies to build a politically effective labour movement. We encourage you to consider voting for Joel to help build this movement.