Labour day: an opportunity to reflect and act

September 6, 2021 — This Labour Day, we want to thank our members, who have been a steadfast presence on the frontlines during this pandemic, for providing reliable services for all Manitobans and doing their part to keep everyone supported. Though we can’t spend the day marching and celebrating as we have in the past, we look forward to continuing our united fight for fairness in the year ahead.

Many have come to think of Labour Day as an unofficial transition from summer to fall but its history is rooted in advancing worker rights and advocating for changes to improve life for working families. No matter how you decide to mark the day, we hope you find time to rest and reflect on just how far the labour movement has come since this holiday began in Canada in 1894. To learn more about the history of this holiday and the role of the labour movement, check out our Sofa Series on September 28!

If you’re looking for a way to take action this Labour Day, check out UFCW Canada’s Stop the Hate! campaign in support of a just, inclusive and anti-racist COVID-19 recovery here in Canada. Add your voice by using their page to send a message to Canada’s Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and the Director of the Federal Anti-Racism Secretariat.