Happy Labour Day!

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Like every Labour Day, this weekend is a chance to take a deep breath and get ready for the struggles ahead. A special shout-out is due to the union members in New Brunswick and Quebec who are well into provincial election campaigns and to the folks in Ontario ('nuff said about that!).

Labour Day is always better celebrated in a crowd. If you are looking for a union event in your area check out the Events box on LabourStart's Canadian news page. HERE you'll find listing for events in many provinces and territories.

This year we'd like to encourage people anywhere near Hamilton Ontario to get to the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre this weekend. WAHC is a real gem on Canada's museum scene. As always they have special Labour Day programming (see HERE for details) and if you are attending the Hamilton Labour Council parade and picnic, look for them there. Say hi. If you're not in Hamilton until later in the month make time for their fall exhibition Punching the Clock. It's not what you think, it's way better. Details HERE.

This is the 20th Labour Day since LabourStart was founded. We wanted to mark the anniversary by listing all the unions and people who have made it possible for us to still be here, still bringing union news from around the world to workers around the world, still campaigning for workers and their unions. But an hour trying to pull it together convinced me that the list is too long and the odds on someone or some union being left off the list were pretty high. Very long and very high.

So if you or your union have ever contributed money to LabourStart, if you have ever come to us with a campaign suggestion or attended or facilitated at one of our global solidarity conferences, if you sent a solidarity message in response to our appeals, if you have ever had a suggestion on how to improve the website, if you participated in one of our workshops or have ever stopped by our table at a conference or convention or if you contributed equipment or materials for one of our events, if you have ever scanned our global, national or provincial union news pages or contributed stories to the website for others to read: thanks. You've helped make a lot of good things happen over the past 20 years.

Happy Labour Day!

In Solidarity,

Derek Blackadder
LabourStart Canada


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