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No Labour Day parade this year, but groups will provide funds to feed homeless

Labour Day celebrations in Prince George will look different this year.  Given that we’re in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Labour Day Organizing Committee – including local unions and community organizations – will not be hosting our traditional march and celebration.

Instead, in keeping with the theme of labour fighting for the rights of everyone in our community, the Labour Day Organizing Committee has collected financial contributions from a number of unions and community groups. It will be donating these funds to a variety of local organizations which, on Labour Day (Monday, September 7) and throughout the year, provide food and beverages at their facilities to those in the community who are experiencing homelessness or other challenges meeting their needs and those of their children.

In previous years the Labour Day Celebration has included a march advocating for the rights of everyone in Prince George to a good quality of life.  Following the march, the committee traditionally hosted information booths from unions and local organizations and provided lots of food and entertainment for the more than 2000 people attending throughout the day.  They felt strongly that it was important to hold a Labour Day event in 2020, even though it has to be different than in the past.

Labour Day Organization Committee Coordinator, Matt Baker expressed the sentiment of all committee members: “What better way to uphold our tradition of Labour Day and our ongoing support for the community than to make food available to those who are in need.  We are happy to see the excellent support from unions and community groups in Prince George for this event.”

With appreciation to financial contributors to Labour Day 2020 (in alphabetical order):  CUPE Local 3742, CNC Student Union, Faculty Association of CNC, Health Sciences Association, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 115, May Day Organizing Committee, North Central Labour Council, Northern FIRE & Women North Network, Prince George-Peace River Green Party, Professional Employees Association, Rocky Mountain Chocolate, Stand Up for the North, Teamsters Local 31, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Local 1370, UNBC Faculty Association, along with generous individual donations.

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