Labour Day is more than just the last long weekend of summer before the kids head back to school. It is an important day of the year to reflect and celebrate the gains and achievements made on behalf of our workers.
In Alberta, CUPE members have diligently stood together to improve conditions for working Albertans. Today we have higher wages and better benefits, as well as vastly safer and healthier work places. It is every worker’s right to a safe and healthy workplace.
This hasn’t always been the case. These have been hard-fought gains made over years of battle.
But when CUPE raises its collective voice to stand up for workers’ rights and a better life for everyone, it resonates in workplaces and communities across Alberta and Canada. We are the country’s largest labour union, and we are committed to our fight for a fairer and more equal world.
Around the world, a wave of right-wing governments threaten to legislate away the rights of workers, privatize public services and fundamentally redefine how governments serve their people. That threat can be found right here in Alberta in Jason Kenney and his United Conservative Party of Alberta. A provincial election will be held by next spring and CUPE Alberta will do everything it can to re-elect the NDP, whose labour-friendly policies improve conditions for Alberta workers and support a more equal and inclusive society.
Thank you to all CUPE activists, leaders, and staff across Alberta, who fight tirelessly to make our jobs and our communities better. You show up and make a difference.
On behalf of CUPE Alberta, we wish you a very safe and happy Labour Day.
President, CUPE Alberta
Labour Day celebrations are happening across Alberta on Monday, September 3rd. Here is a list of some of those events:
- Edmonton District Labour Council barbecue, live entertainment and family activities. 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Giovanni Caboto Park, 95 Street and 109 Ave,
- Lethbridge District Labour Council barbecue, bouncy castles, face painting and live entertainment, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kinsmen Park, 1009 – 9th Avenue South.
- Medicine Hat Labour Council barbecue, 11 m. to 1 p.m., Riverside Park, across the street from CityHall (1st Street SE)
- Red Deer District Labour Council barbecue, live entertainment, Rosie the Clown, crafts and Sidewalk chalk; 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 51 Street between 49 Avenue and 50 Avenue
- Calgary District Labour Council barbecue, live music, free food, family event, book give-away. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Olympic Plaza, 228 8 Ave SE
- Wood Buffalo District Labour Council barbecue and rubber duck race. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Snye Point Park, Fort McMurray