/R E P E A T -- Unifor Celebrates Labour Day/

TORONTO, Sept. 2, 2016 /CNW/ - On Monday September 5, Unifor will join workers, unions and the labour movement to mark Labour Day with a celebration to demand fairness for all workers.

This Labour Day also marks the third anniversary of the formation of Unifor, Canada's largest union in the private sector. Since its founding, the union has been a strong advocate for workers' rights and good jobs, along with being vocal on key political issues including electing progressive governments, supporting an enhanced CPP, demanding a $15 living wage for all and opposing anti-worker free trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  As bargaining continues with the Detroit Three automakers Unifor is also underscoring the need to build a strong economic future that contains good jobs, and an investment in Canadian products.

The media is invited to join Unifor's National President at Toronto's Labour Day event.

Toronto Labour Day Agenda for Monday September 5, starting at Nathan Phillips Square 100 Queen St W, Toronto:

  • 8:45 a.m. Pre-parade rally at Nathan Phillips Square main stage.  Emcee Josephine Petcher, Unifor Toronto Area Director to introduce speakers: 
    • John Cartwright, President, Toronto & York Region Labour Council
    • ‎Chris Buckley, President, Ontario Federation of Labour 
    • Kevin Flynn, Ontario Minister of Labour
    • Hassan Yussuff, President, Canadian Labour Congress
    • Jerry Dias, National President, Unifo

**Jerry Dias will be available to speak with the media immediately following speeches.

  • 9:30 a.m.10:30 a.m. Festivities in Nathan Phillips Square with live band and activities
  • 10:30 a.m. Unifor assembles on Queen Street, east of University Avenue as Group 9
  • March from Nathan Phillips Square to CNE Dufferin Gates

Unifor, founded on Labour Day of 2013, is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing more than 310,000 workers in every sector of the economy.  It was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged.


For further information: To arrange an interview please contact Unifor Communications National Representative Kathleen O'Keefe at Kathleen.OKeefe@unifor.org or 416-896-3303 (cell)

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