Labour Day – to most, this day is a public holiday, or the day before the start of school and the unofficial end of summer. But, the history of Labour Day represents more than just a simple day off for Canadians.
With its origins in the labour movement that picked up traction and recognition in the 1880s, the first Monday of every September marks the achievements of those who advocated tirelessly for the rights and well-being of workers. Labour leaders faced jail-time, backlash from employers, and even criminal conspiracy accusations, but they persevered for their cause.
Thanks to their efforts, the job security, 40-hour work weeks, paid vacations, overtime pay, and medical and dental benefits we enjoy today are a direct result of the action taken by the Canadian Trade Union Movement, in which Teamsters also played an important role.
On Monday, September 3, 2018, Teamsters Local 647 encourages everyone to take some time to reflect on the sacrifices made for us and what Labour Day represents in Canada.