Labour Day 1999

Toronto, Ontario

September 6, 1999


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Labour Day 1999
Labour Day 1999
dated September 6, 1999

Toronto, Ontario

Across Canada workers turned out to mark the accomplishments of the labour movement in the annual Labour Day Parades. In Toronto close to 30 thousand workers marched through the downtown to the Canadian National Exhibition. They brought with them a message of solidarity and a concern for their future.

Jim O'Neil
CAW National Secretary Treasurer

"If you look at the number of people still laid off, especially in this country, people have to be saying to themselves at Labour Day, are things going to change for me and my family and my community? I think that today is a day that they get out in force and just show people in and around the country that Labour is important and are going to march with working people to help change some things in the future."

Along with the threat to their job security, there is a growing demand among workers for an improvement in their wages.

Jim O'Neil
CAW National Secretary Treasurer

"Well wages have to increase, If you look at what's going on with the corporations and if you look at what's going on with the executives. They are taking in a bundle. We are going into Big Three bargaining. We're in right now and we will be setting a deadline in the next couple of days with one of the Big Three and obviously our members expect a wage increase because they have seen what's been happening at their work places with the executive buyouts or the executive incentives while they think it is only right that we go into bargaining and that working people start to share in that."

Over three thousand CAW members took part in the Labour Day Parade in Toronto. Across Canada CAW played a key role in marches in other cities.

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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