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Unions play an important role in making work and society more equal for everyone

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Labour Day 2020

To mark Labour Day this year, CUPE Newfoundland Labrador is running a radio ad on stations across the province.

Listen to CUPE’s radio ad

In recent months, the gaps in our society have become more noticeable than ever.

Women, young people and marginalized communities are more likely to be jobless, earn low wages, or work in unsafe precarious jobs.

They have been impacted the most by COVID and the economic crisis.

Unions play an important role in making work and society more equal for everyone.

Let’s work towards an inclusive, gendered economic recovery plan, with quality public services, where no one is left behind.

A message from CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador. 

Celebrating 100 years of labour history in Newfoundland and Labrador

Today the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL) launched their Plan for a Worker-Centered Economic Recovery at the Grand Falls-Windsor Heritage Society. The event took place with union leaders from across the province on location (with social distancing measures in place) and was live streamed via the NLFL Facebook page.

Grand Falls-Windsor Labour Day event hosted by the NL Federation of LabourIf you missed the event, you can watch the event video. Please click here (start watching at the 13-minute mark).

Grand Falls-Windsor is the birthplace of the NLFL and home to a strong labour movement for over 100 years. Since 1920, the town has held an annual Labour Day parade, only missing one year. Today marked the historic 100th anniversary!

NLFL President Mary Shortall hosted the event and launched the plan for a “worker-centred economic recovery” plan.

“It is workers who have built strong economies and will continue to do so, and their unions that have contributed to greater equality and fairness in workplaces and society,” says Shortall. “Without an economic recovery that is focused on working people, fairness and equality, we will not see the strong sustained recovery that we need and deserve.”

“On behalf of the members of CUPE NL, I would like to say we are proud to stand in solidarity with our brothers, sisters and friends of the Federation of Labour,” says Sherry Hillier, president of CUPE NL, “fighting for fairness for all workers!”
“Congratulations to the thousands of union members who – over a century – have worked so hard to make our province more equal and more affordable, for all workers and their families,” adds Hillier.

Happy Labour Day!