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Labour Day celebrations take on a different look this year

Labour Day celebrations in Prince George will, once again, look different this year. Given that we’re still 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. They will be donating these funds to a variety of local organizations which, on Labour Day (Monday, September 6) and throughout the year, provide food, beverages and other supports to those in our 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, traditionally there were information booths from unions and local organizations and provided lots of food and entertainment for the upwards of 2,000 people attending throughout the day. As they did regarding last year’s celebration, they felt strongly that it was important to hold a Labour Day event in 2021, even though, because of the pandemic, it has to be different than the traditional one.

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 and other supports 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.”

The financial contributors to Labour Day 2021 are: CUPE Local 3742, CNC Student Union, Health Sciences Association, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 250, 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, Stand Up for the North, Teamsters Local 31, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Local 1370, and UNBC Faculty Association.

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