President’s Statement and events on Labour Day 2021

September 3, 2021 - “As mentioned previously, bargaining with Telus will start next month.

We have been encouraging members to get involved, in every Unit, in every workplace, whether that means attending your Unit Meetings, signing up for training, participating in PUMA campaigns, and so on.

We’re seeing member participation on the increase in every way, but we need to keep this pace going if we’re going to achieve a better Collective Agreement for all of us. That means not only attending a meeting, but bringing someone else along. That means not only participating in PUMA campaigns but getting your whole team to join you and support each other.

The minute bargaining with our biggest employer starts, EVERY MEMBER’s activism is absolutely necessary for ALL OF US to get improvements at work. Even if you aren’t a Telus worker, a strong Union getting a stronger Collective Agreement for Telus workers will demonstrate to your own employer that we are a force in bargaining. The outcome of these negotiations will have an impact on everyone. 

This Labour Day is a time to recharge your batteries for the challenges ahead, while reflecting on the fights and activism that workers before us engaged in to bring about the rights and privileges we enjoy today. While we stand on the shoulders of these labour giants, we have to ask ourselves, what legacy will we leave to those that follow in our footsteps? We must commit to hard-core activism and put our dreams for a better world into concrete actions to ensure they are realized. Remember no one wins until everyone wins. We are stronger together!

This fight is ours to win.

#RiseUp #LevonsNous

This Labour Day, show your activism, and please take a moment to participate in a Labour Day event or action organized by a labour council near you.

The strength of our Local Union starts with YOU. Stay safe and healthy, stay strong and get involved.”

Donna Hokiro
USW Local 1944


Labour Day Events

On this Labour Day 2021, we continue to celebrate working people in Canada a bit differently. Labour Councils will be hosting small gatherings, and community actions like food drives. Check out the various campaigns nationwide and in your local community, and be part of it! 

Canadian Labour Congress: Check out their active campaigns to defend workers’ rights.

Calgary and District Labour Council: Food drive and drawing contest for kids
Edmonton & District Labour Council: Workers are the Recovery
Medicine Hat & District Labour Council: Labour Day Food Drive

Check out the province-wide list of events here.
BC Federation of Labour: Check out their active campaigns
Kamloops & District Labour Council: Scavenger Hunt
Vancouver and District Labour Council and New Westminster and District Labour Council: The labour councils will be jointly hosting a virtual Labour Day celebration on September 6, for their second Elsie Awards. More information on the VDLC and NWDLC web sites.

Check out the province-wide list of events here.
Durham Region Labour Council: Workers are the Recovery
Hamilton and District Labour Council: Caravan and tailgate
Ottawa and District Labour Council: Labour Day March
Sudbury and District Labour Council: Labour Day Events
Toronto and York Region Labour Council: Labour Day Cavalcade
Windsor and District Labour Council: BBQ Drive-thru

Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec: Check out their active campaigns 

Canadian Labour Congress: Download the Heroes Deserve Better Colouring Book in English or French

Find more events by selecting a labour council near you.