Labour Day Parade, Marching For The Rights of Workers From Coast to Coast

September 7, 2009


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Labour Day Parade, Marching For The Rights of Workers From Coast to Coast
dated September 7, 2009


Toronto, Ontario
September 7, 2009
      

Toronto, Ontario
September 7, 2009


Ken Lewenza
CAW National President

       "When were marching today brothers and sisters we've got to see all Canadians not just organized labour. All Canadians are entitled to respect and dignity and a reasonable standard of living in their retirement. We've got to increase Canada pension. We've got to increase Old Age Security. We've got to increase the Quebec pension plan. And if we enhance those benefits and give people an opportunity to retire, we can provide jobs for young members."


Evelyn Ostrowski
CAW Local 4003

       "For me it's quite nice actually to be part of a big union celebration to show my pride for my union and have a little bit more understanding and knowledge and just to be able to be around and see how many people are supporting unions and work in Canada."


 
Stephen Moses
CAW Local 1000

       "So while its celebrating the diversity of workers all across Ontario, all across this great city. There's also that sadness that over 300 workers at the Zellers distribution centre in Scarborough presently is in a lockout."

Kim Clout
CAW Local 584 Plant Chair

       "Well it's a celebration. It's one day a year that all workers get together and celebrate not only our struggles, but the benefits that we made. And that doesn't happen any other time of the year, it should happen more."

Toronto, Ontario
September 7, 2009
      

Port Elgin, Ontario
September 7, 2009

Len Hope
Port Elgin Retiree Parade Organizer

       "The parade is usually an average of about 1500-1600 people. It's the largest retirees labour day parade I would think, in North America."

Toronto, Ontario
September 7, 2009
      

Toronto, Ontario
September 7, 2009


Peter Kennedy
CAW Secretary-Treasurer

       "The recognition of the challenges that we face as a labour movement, brings everybody together in a show of solidarity. Tells the community that were here and you know despite the fact that we have had formidable challenges over the course of this past year especially that we're not going to give up the fight."

Sherry Hillman
CAW Local 112

       "It's really important that we send a message to all the politicians that they need to do more. And not only in terms of our members that are laid off and improving E.I. but also in terms of job creation and putting infrastructure money into creating good green jobs."

Ken Lewenza
CAW National President

       "So whether you live in the east coast or whether you live in the west coast, workers have common concerns from one end of the country to the other. And the message today is that we're all together fighting for that just society."

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