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Labour Day Parade in Toronto

Posted by Alexandra Grigorescu / August 31, 2012

toronto labour day paradeThe Labour Day Parade has a long and storied history, which actually honours the name of the holiday itself.

The parade, which should rightly be dubbed a march, is meant to bring attention to current political issues, and fete workers' achievements. The focus this year is on the "Union Advantage"--or how unions uphold fairness for their members in the workplace.

The parade will mark the launch of the ACTRA campaign (which aims to secure reasonable contract terms for its members), and will see arts and cultural workers marching alongside their more corporate counterparts, to demonstrate that they, too, are part of the working class. Also in attendance will be Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress.

The parade takes place on Monday, September 3rd with a meeting time of 9 a.m., and an official start time of 9:30 a.m, at the corner of Queen St. W. and University Ave. This is the 141st year of the parade, which proceeds throughout the city with the Dufferin gates to the CNE grounds as its end-point. You should definitely expect traffic delays and road closures well into the afternoon.

Last year, Mayor Ford was not invited to attend. What do you think of his chances this year? Will the man pull a last-minute show of solidarity out of his (historically solidarity-bereft) hat?

Photo by sarkerbot in the blogTO Flickr pool

Discussion

11 Comments

Joe / August 31, 2012 at 04:46 am
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Union's are for the lazy worker.
JoeSchmoe replying to a comment from Joe / August 31, 2012 at 09:46 am
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Or..you know...people who don't want to be exploited by big business and like the idea of collectively bargaining their contracts
Rae / August 31, 2012 at 10:07 am
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I guess if we were not so lazy we would not want all those frivilous luxuries unions have fought to get for us - like weekends, sick pay, bereavement leave, protection from arbitrary termination, safety standards and all that kind of nonsense.
ashleigh / August 31, 2012 at 12:16 pm
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Well this certainly sounds like one lame ass parade march. Unhappy complaining pessimistic frumpy's probably yelling or singing one or two select complaint rhymes or protest songs, afterwards returning to their hovel for a meager snack.

Compare this lame ass unhappy parade march to the pride parade or caribana... millions of happy people in gloriously funny costumes having a blast, afterwards drinking and fucking.
*shrug* / August 31, 2012 at 12:43 pm
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The Republican disease is alive and well in Canada: the belief that corporations deserve everything they get and unionized workers get too much. Of course its easier to rag on workers marching than on faceless corporations or investors.

The saddest part of it is the most of it doesn't come from the uncaring 1% who make the real money; most of the hate comes from other members of the 99% who hate seeing other people doing better than themselves. Envy's a powerful thing.
frank / September 2, 2012 at 10:41 am
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Mj/Ford look like a agent for the corporations to privatize the people agencies like water , garbage pick Ups ,etc. with no members to contribute to pension founds "OMERS" that will be taken by the mafia guys .and grave the pension founds . With no pension,sick days etc.miserable wages pay to the workers of the private corporation and any time this corporation will run away and The City will pay the bill , long life for the managers with $millions money of the City tax payers in their pockets (But one thing the workers will be vote for him , no political consciousness
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Lore / September 2, 2012 at 01:34 pm
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Dear Joe: The Union makes me strong.
ALPHAMEL / September 3, 2012 at 07:53 am
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Public Service Unions are anachronistic, monopolistic extortion gangs only and should be eliminated. I'm tired of hearing about all the benefits that Unions have bestowed on us - that was then - this is now. With sufficient Labour Laws on the books Unions are no longer needed for workers' rights to health and safety or anything else other than crippling salaries and benefits.
SCRAP PSAC
SCREW OPSEU
PUKE on CUPE
OFF the OFL
CLAW CAW
OSSIFY OSSTF
ETFO GO HOME
Josh / September 4, 2012 at 11:09 pm
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This isn't all about unions! This is about every labour worker, whether public sector or private sector, contract, free-lance, apprentice!
mark / August 22, 2013 at 10:19 am
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I think rob ford will be able to march

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