UFCW 1006A is proud to join millions across Canada in celebrating Labour Day and reaffirming our commitment to improve the lives of workers and their families.
Due to the pandemic, labour and community allies will be observing Labour Day virtually on Monday, September 6, 2021 in downtown Toronto.
This year’s Labour Day is about empowering all workers to “Rise Up For A Just Recovery.” We encourage our members to raise awareness and take collective action in calling for 10 permanent sick days for all workers, universal healthcare, higher wages and increased health and safety protections for all workers. Workers deserve better because they do essential work every day and not just during a pandemic.
As part of Rising Up for a Just Recovery, UFCW 1006A is also encouraging all members to vote in the upcoming federal election on September 20, 2021. Read about the parties’ platforms’ and how they will impact working families.
“Labour Day is about recognizing the collective power we have to transform our workplaces and our communities when we stand together and stand up for each other,” said President Wayne Hanley. “It is about empowering workers to know they are not alone, they have the power and strength of our great labour movement behind them. This Labour Day, I encourage all our members to rise up for a just recovery and work with us to create a fairer and more just society for all.”
First observed in 1872 with the Toronto printers’ strike, Labour Day is now marked in communities across Canada. Labour Day is a time to celebrate the tremendous contributions the labour movement has made to building our country, from advocating for universal health care, vacation, 8-hour workday, sick days, to health and safety standards and much more.
“Unions have helped transform our communities and country for the better, by lifting families out of poverty and creating safer workplaces,” said President Hanley. “We are proud of our great labour movement. While there is much work to be done, I have no doubt that if we work together, we can continue to create positive change.”
UFCW 1006A is proud of the vital role many of our members played during the pandemic.
From grocery stores to food processing plants to warehouses to transit, Local 1006A members worked in essential roles on the frontlines and helped feed Ontario’s families and communities and kept the economy running.
Many members continue to face hardships as they remain on lay off, or have had their hours reduced in the restaurant, hotel, hospitality and airport food-service sectors.
“We continue our work to support our members during this challenging year, and finally, now with vaccinations, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel for many workers and their families across this province,” said President Hanley.
Finally, UFCW 1006A encourages all members to read each party’s platform and vote in the Federal election on September 20. Information about early voting available online