August 26, 2021-For Immediate Release
Grey Bruce Labour Council on Labour Day
Another Labour Day under the dark cloud of COVID-19 does not mean that Labour Day is not as meaningful as every Labour Day preceding it. Due to the sacrifice of frontline and essential workers, Labour Day under such circumstances is in all likelihood more relevant than most past Labour Days. Labour Council President Kevin Smith reminds us all “that keeping us fed, keeping the lights on, teaching our children, tending to the sick and injured and many more key services were not delivered by CEO’s or the one percenters during the pandemic, but by the very people that were taken for granted until the global pandemic arrived.”
Muted by the pandemic, the Labour Council is planning a COVID compliant gathering at the Gazebo – Queens Park Bandstand (down from the library) in Owen Sound. The gathering will be on the September 5th (Sunday) from 2:30-4:00PM. A few speakers will be present, and it is hoped that this will keep us committed more than ever to a bigger and better celebration in 2022 and beyond. Foodbank donations will be welcomed.
The Grey Bruce Labour Council is grateful to the communities that happily show their support for Labour Day, Brockton, Owen Sound and Arran-Elderslie by flying the “Celebrating Labour” flag. The Labour Council also asked other communities to fly the flag, but sadly they declined or simply ignored the opportunity to demonstrate support for workers in their communities.
“Labour Day is a day of celebration and contrary to vast numbers of misconceptions it is a day to celebrate the contribution of all workers” says Labour Council VP for Grey, Chris Stephen.
“The Labour Council anxiously looks to 2022 with high hopes of parades and picnics. Our partners, the Unifor retirees, and all labour council affiliates, friends and allies look forward to our Port Elgin parade and Unifor Family Education Centre celebratory lunch and prize draws” say Labour Council VP for Bruce, Dave Trumble.
It is hoped that even with our much quieter Labour Day gathering on Sunday the 5th that the affiliates, friends and allies of Labour will drop by the gazebo.