Today we recognize International Workers' Day, also known as May Day.
May 1st was chosen to be International Workers’ Day to commemorate the May 4, 1886, Haymarket affair in Chicago, where a general strike for the eight-hour workday turned violent, and four demonstrators were killed by police.
International Workers’ Day is an opportunity to reflect on how far the labour movement has come and also look ahead to where it still needs to go. All over the world, there are many societies and governments who still view unions as an enemy instead of a valued partner.
As a 21st century, solution-based Union, we strive to set an example for other unions, not just in Canada, but around the world, by bringing the voices of our members to their employers, and the government. We look to our past to remind ourselves how far we’ve come.
As we remember our labour history, we must use it to springboard forward and ensure that we continue getting results for the working families that deserve better.