Celebrating You on Labour Day
Happy Labour Day, URFA members!
Did you know Labour Day has been a holiday in Canada since 1894?
For nearly 130 years, Canada’s unions have marked the first Monday in September as a day of celebration for the achievements of working people, and a day of protest for social change and fairer workplaces.
In that time, a lot has changed. Working people have fought for — and won — workplace safety laws, minimum wages, benefits and pensions, equity for marginalized workers, and a voice on the job.
But we still have a long way to go.
Let’s face it — work could be better. Not just on our campuses, but for the students we educate and everyone in our communities.
The COVID-19 pandemic and recent inflation have highlighted that there are many cracks in the system.
But these trying times have also shown that by working together, we can win stronger workplaces, better compensation, and safer working conditions.
This Labour Day, I want to recognize you — the URFA members who have been working together over the past two-and-a-half years to make our campuses better and safer for each other.
When we work together and with consideration for each other, our individual actions become collective action, and that is what makes our union strong.
This weekend, I invite you to get in touch with the labour movement’s roots of community and working together, and take part in Regina’s Labour Day celebrations.
The Regina Labour Day Family Picnic is being organized by Saskatchewan’s unions, and is taking place on Monday, September 5, from 12 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at City Square Plaza next to Victoria Park. Bring your friends and family for free food and entertainment.
Find the Facebook event here.
I hope you have a great Labour Day long weekend and start of the fall semester.
If you have any concerns at work, ideas about how to build our union, or would like to volunteer on a committee, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.