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Labour Day at the PNE

September 3, 2018


Members and their families are invited to celebrate Labour Day with members from other unions at the Pacific National Exhibition.  We will be supplying guests free admission, MoveUP water bottles and a $5.00 Concession voucher.  Tickets will be $5.00 each (up to 5 tickets in total).  Tickets will go on sale on August 14th at 5 p.m..  Please click HERE at that time to purchase your tickets.  Guests will be required to pick up their tickets before the rally at the Pacific Coliseum between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. – please note this is the ONLY time that you can get your passes into the PNE.  The Rally starts at 10:00 a.m. and ends before the PNE opens at 11:00 a.m. to allow members to get into the PNE before the general public and avoid lineups. This event is for MoveUP members and their guests only.  Due to the nature of this event we anticipate that tickets will sell out quickly.

There will be more details sent to you in the week prior to the event.  If you have any questions click here.

Labour Day as a holiday was inspired by trade unions’ efforts to improve workers’ rights. Its origins can be traced back to 1872, when the Toronto Trades Assembly organized Canada’s first significant labour demonstration, with the goal of securing a nine-hour work day. The strikes proved that there was power in workers standing together; alone, people risked discipline or layoff for drawing attention to low wages, long hours, or health and safety issues.

Enormous public support and spinoff demonstrations in other cities led Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister, to promise to repeal Canadian laws against trade unions. With unions no longer outlawed, this led to the 1883 founding of the organization that would become the Canadian Labour Congress. In 1894, Labour Day was declared a national holiday.

Labour Day is a time to celebrate the many contributions working people, through their unions, make to building communities and a better country. The work unions do today to make life better for workers, their families and communities, is no less important and requires the same type of commitment to standing together.


September 3, 2018
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Kat Prinz


Pacific National Exhibition (PNE)
2901 East Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC V5K 5J1 Canada
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