Tom Kertes (President)
Community for Clean Water is a grassroots campaign of North Coast community members who value clean water for everyone, because access to drinking water is a human right. We know that public infrastructure – like a well-functioning clean water system for every village, town, and city – supports sustainable economies and healthy communities. Everyone deserves clean water, so let’s work together to ensure that every level of government is on the same page when it comes to providing all people with access to clean water.
The Community for Clean Water campaign was launched by volunteer organizer Tom Kertes in 2018, when the City of Prince Rupert was under an extended (43 day) boil water notice. The Prince Rupert Labour Council adopted the campaign in the spring of 2021, with the aim of supporting grassroots organizing for the human right to clean water throughout the North Coast region and beyond.
The Prince Rupert Labour Council provides a common voice for over 1,000 union members in the North Coast region. Local labour union affiliates serve on the Labour Council and work together for the benefit of all communities in the North Coast region. It is also the local organization of the Canadian Labour Congress, which represents 3.2 million unionized workers across Canada.