Labour Day celebrations took place in many different locations all across the province on Monday September 1st. From Picnics to BBQ’s to parades, SEIU Healthcare celebrated with all of our members in the various settings to commemorate the history of the labour movement.
The 143rd annual Labour Day Parade was celebrated in Toronto; this particular parade is known for being one of the biggest in North America, and this year as many as 25,000 people took part in the parade.
Marchers gathered at University Ave. and Queen St. before the parade got under way at 9:30 a.m. Participants travelled west along Queen St. before heading south on Dufferin St. to end at the grounds of the CNE.
SEIU Healthcare was well represented with over 500 members and their families participating in the event joining 140 local and 30 national unions in the procession to the princess gates of the CNE. The route was full of floats, bands, flags and banners and participants chanted and cheered. Many unions had their members in matching t-shirts and coordinated colors.
This year’s theme for the parade was “Forging Solidarity for a Better City”. SEIU’s “Heart of Healthcare” float took home the “Best Float” award handed out and voted on by the Toronto & York Region Labour Council. Our giant pink stethoscope was a hit with spectators in attendance and the music provided by DJ Lloyd made SEIU a crowd favourite.
Labour Day is the perfect opportunity for everyone to unite together with all types of people in the labour movement and to look back on our strong, rich history and celebrate that — but also to re-energize for the struggles ahead.
Thanks for all those who were in attendance, we look forward to defending our title next year!