Labour Day a day for reflection and action

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For many across our country, Labour Day represents a symbolic end to summer. One last chance to go camping or on a road trip with the kids before they go back to school. This year we are inviting you to join one of the many labour day events across B.C. and also sign the petition to bring Pharmacare to all Canadians.

Labour Day is a day for us to reflect on, honour and celebrate the work that labour and union activists that came before us did. They fought for rights we often take for granted today like reducing the 16-hour workday to an eight-hour workday, overtime pay, sick leave and parental leave, and the list goes on.

So this Labour Day we encourage you to attend one of the public Labour Day events. Even if you aren’t able to attend an event, another way you can make an impact this Labour Day is to support the Canadian Labour Congress’ campaign to bring Pharmacare to all Canadians by signing the petition.

Sadly, millions of Canadians can’t afford to fill their prescriptions. Many are splitting their pills or skipping days to stretch their medications. Nobody should be forced to choose between paying for groceries and paying for the medication they need.

Show your support this Labour Day by using the hashtag #Pharmacare on social media and by signing the petition at www.aplanforeveryone.ca.

Have a happy and safe Labour Day.

In solidarity,

David Black, President
Lori Mayhew, Secretary-Treasurer
Gwenne Farrell, Vice-President
Christy Slusarenko, Vice-President
Annette Toth – Vice-President

 

Below is a list of some Labour Day events occurring around the province. Please contact the organizing labour council directly for information:

Labour Day at The Fair
Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver
Monday, September 3 at 10 a.m.
Click here for more information.

Victoria Labour Council picnic
B.C. Legislature grounds, Victoria
Monday, September 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

North Okanagan Labour Council picnic
Mission Creek Regional Park, Kelowna
Monday, September 3 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Kamloops & District Labour Council picnic
McDonald Park, North Kamloops
Monday, September 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

East Kootenay District Labour Council picnic
Rotary Park, Cranbrook
Monday, September 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Labour Movement: Past, Present and Future hosted by North Central Labour Council
Civic Plaza, Prince George
Monday, September 3 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. (March through downtown starting at 10:30 a.m.)

Sunshine Coast Labour Council picnic, music and outdoor entertainment
Dougall Park, Gibsons
Monday, September 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Nanaimo, Duncan & District Labour Council picnic
Transfer Beach, Ladysmith
Monday, September 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Courtenay, Campbell River & District Labour Council
Halbe Hall, Black Creek
Monday, September 3 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Fraser Valley Labour Council picnic
Mill Lake Park, Abbotsford
Monday, September 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Port Alberni & District Labour Council (Alberni Fall Fair Booth)
Port Alberni Fair Grounds, Port Alberni
Thursday, September 6 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday, September 7 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, September 8 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Parade at 9:30 a.m.)
Sunday, September 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.