Labour Day 2002 - Fight Back Continues
September 6, 2002
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Labour Day 2002-Fight Back Continues
dated September 6, 2002
Sept. 2 2002
Across Canada, tens of thousands of workers and their families turned out for the traditional Labour Day Parades in large cities and small. CAW National President Buzz Hargrove joining the marchers in Toronto said 2002 was a year of challenges for labour.
CAW National President
"It has been a challenging year for us, but our ability to reach and fight back, I believe, has served our members, our families and our communities well. The Navistar strike comes to mind. We've had a lot of challenges and as we leave Labour Day here, we are going into our greatest challenge this year, which is our bargaining with General Motors, Ford and DaimlerChrysler. I'm optimistic. We've got a good union, we have great leadership, and we've got good membership support, so you can't beat that."
Jim O'Neil CAW National Secretary Treasurer says the Labour Day turn out underlines the determination of the workers in Canada.
CAW National Secretary-Treasurer
"It's a great message. Again it is a long weekend. A lot of people would like to sit back at home and relax for the long weekend but again, working people are getting together to show that they are together. They are going to fight back, and that they are going to move forward and progress."
As the workers paraded through downtowns across Canada the message of solidarity was delivered time and again. Proud of labour's past achievements and looking ahead to 2003, Hargrove said workers are facing on-going challenges.
CAW National President
"I believe the fight back in Ontario has to be about getting rid of the right of employers to hire scabs to steal our members' jobs when there is a legal workplace dispute in place. Then there are a whole lot of other legislative changes we have to keep pushing for a full employment policy, shorter work time instead of this move towards longer hours that we see by employers and government. Our national healthcare program is under attack one more time. We have to fight like hell not just to maintain it but to strengthen the national health care program, so labour has a long agenda but we are up for it."
CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."