Labour Day matters

Labour Day.  What does it mean to you?  Labour Day is about recognizing the contributions of workers to society, and the contributions of unions to the well-being of our communities and country.

The efforts of the labour movement brought health and safety laws, shorter work weeks, the weekend, and minimum labour standards to benefit all workers. But we don’t stop at the workplace as we also play a role in our communities.

The Shuswap Columbia District Labour Council is a regional group of local trade unions.  We reflect the labour movement and labour issues in our communities of Revelstoke and Salmon Arm.

Our efforts include social and community action, political action, strike support and labour movement education.  Our members connect to bring voice to their Participation in community projects is determined by our mandate, the resources we have, and our capacity for involvement.

On Saturday, September 18, the Labour Council will be partnering with the Revelstoke Community Connections Food Bank to host A Day of Information and Celebration; a Protein for People event.  Held at the Revelstoke United Church (on Mackenzie Avenue) from 11 am to 2 pm, this event will included information on housing, advocacy, employment, literacy and childcare subsidy — along with face painting, play dough and live music.

What to know more?  We will be at the Revelstoke Farmer’s Market on Saturday, September 11.  Members of the Labour Council executive will be on hand to collect donations for tinned wild salmon for the Revelstoke Community Connections Food Bank.

Recent events, like the forced work camp near Golden, remind us of the importance of supporting everyone and our community, not just on Labour Day but every day.  “What we wish for ourselves, we wish for all.”

Warmly in solidarity,

Michelle Cole,
Shuswap Columbia District Labour Council