Labour Struts Its Stuff Across Canada

Toronto, Ontario

September 5, 2005

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Labour Struts Its Stuff Across Canada
Labour Struts Its Stuff Across Canada
dated September 6, 2005

Sept. 5, 2005
Toronto, Ontario

       Across Canada union members and their families marched through the streets of our cities and towns celebrating Labour Day 2005. In Toronto tens of thousands joined the party including Canadian Auto Workers national president Buzz Hargrove.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW national president

       "I've always felt the energy at Labour Day. I'm one of those people who love the Labour movement, I love what I do, I love the people and every time I come here it gives me a real boost to move ahead. You know this is our tri-annual bargaining with the auto industry, so leaving here today I will be up for the fight that is going to start inevitably when we go back to the bargaining table tomorrow."

       Joining Hargrove and thousands of CAW members was Federal Labour Minister Joe Fontana who took the opportunity to pay tribute to Canada's workers.

Joe Fontana
Federal Labour Minister

       "There's no doubt that you don't have a successful country, you don't have successful corporations unless you have labour. And there is no doubt that the CAW and the auto sector is so important to our country that Labour Day is the day to recognize the hard working men and women of our country."

       And the workers, from the very young, to workers just starting out to the retirees who had fought the battles in the past, they were all on hand bringing gifts of food for the food bank, meeting friends over coffee and celebrating the strength of their solidarity.

Roz Monchamp
Local 1324

       "It means I get to see all my friends from everywhere. I love it. I love being here, It's just awesome."


Hassan Yussuff
Sec-Treasurer CLC

       "Well I think it is really an important recognition of workers' contribution in building this country."

Bob White
Former CAW national president

       "I think it is a wonderful description about how the labour movement feels about the importance of itself. And it is an important part of a democratic society."


John Aman
CAW National Rep.

       "People are starting to come together and I think that is a lot of it. I think our union is a very strong progressive union and people feel like they are part of a family."

       All of the workers had a clear message for the country.

Nemy Caldoso
Local 462

       "Happy Labour Day everybody."


Peter Myhaluk
Local 4003

       "Happy Labour Day everybody."

Joe Mota
Local 1459

       "Happy Labour Day everybody."

Christine Pagulayan
Local 1967

       "Happy Labour Day everybody."

Buzz Hargrove
CAW national president

       "Happy Labour Day everybody, right across Canada, to all the working people of this wonderful country."

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."

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