A Labour Day celebration and march is being organized in Prince George this year and the entire community is invited.
The festivities, scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., Monday, September 4 on the Prince George City Hall lawn, will feature a short march through downtown, followed at noon by a celebration which will include speakers, music, lots of free food, games for kids, display booths and other activities. Keynote speaker will be Aaron Eckman of the B.C. Federation of Labour.
The Labour Day organizing committee and the North Central Labour Council (NCLC) are coordinating the event, along with local unions and other community organizations.
The theme for the festivities this year is: Labour movement – past, present, future – fighting for the rights of all! The purpose is to highlight the role of labour in the community and the many contributions the labour movement has made to the betterment of all in society. At the same time, it has been organized so that everyone in the community – kids, adults, pensioners, families – can come out to the City Hall lawn, have lots of fun, and enjoy some free food and entertainment. Everyone is welcome. Bring your friends and family.
Food will consist of barbecued hotdogs, fruit, popcorn, juice, fudge, candy and other treats. Activities for kids include having fun with the inflatable bouncy castle, face painting, obstacle course, and games. Entertainment will include well-known local bands Cottonwood and Far From Linear.
Natalie Fletcher of the Labour Day Organizing Committee and North Central Labour Council, says that the organizing for Labour Day is going very well. Last year, more than 2,000 people attended the march and celebration. This year, she says, similar numbers are expected. So far, over 30 unions and community organizations have come forward to sponsor or support. Ms. Fletcher comments that enthusiasm is running high and people are looking forward to the event.
BC Federation of Labour; BC Government & Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU); Canadian Labour Congress; Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE); Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW); CNC Students’ Union; Faculty Association of CNC; Health Sciences Association; IBEW Local 993; Hospital Employees’ Union (HEU); International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 115; Labour Day Organizing Committee; North Central Labour Council; Prince George International Association of Firefighters, Local 1372; Prince George District Teachers’ Association (PGDTA); Public & Private Workers of Canada (PPWC) Local 9; Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC); United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1518; UNBC Faculty Association; Unifor; United Steelworkers (USW) Local 1-2017
Amnesty International; BC Forum; May Day Organizing Committee; Northern Women’s Forum, North Labour Law Corporation; Nurse Next Door; Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory; Stand Up for the North; Women North Network/Northern Fire