As summer vacation ends and kids begin the new school year, people are starting to return to their jobs. Sadly, with over two million jobs lost during the pandemic, not everyone has a job to go back to.
In Grey-Bruce, we know there are workers struggling to find good jobs due high unemployment rates.
Service sector jobs lost in our community have been particularly hard hit. We need the government to take actions to help these workers recover from the economic lockdown, especially workers in the hospitality, airline, gaming and tourism industries.
The Government can support the service sector by returning laid off workers to their jobs, upholding collective bargaining rights, and providing legal guarantees that any financial support from the government will go first to support workers’ wages, salaries, and benefits – not corporate profits and bonuses.
Let’s replace lost jobs with better ones and put people back to work.
What an unbelievable Labour Day!!! We started in Meaford, were met with torrential downpour on the way to Owen Sound, had a great socially distanced picnic, then made our way to Southampton, Port Elgin, Chesley, Hanover and Walkerton where we drew for prizes from all the ballots we collected along the way! We were greeted by Mayor Hammell in Chesley for photos with Big Bruce!! 160km one way trip… entirely worth every single one of them to say thank you to ALL workers past and present especially those working the frontlines during this global pandemic! A few more kms and the GBLC executive was able to spend some time with our dear sister still recovering from an accident! Thank you to everyone who participated today whether you were with us the whole trip or part(s) of it you made today special! It was such an amazing sight to see all the vehicles with our new GBLC Celebrating Labour Car flags traveling across Grey Bruce!!!! COVID-19 did not stop Labour Day in Grey Bruce, it did change how we celebrate but it didn’t stop our will to celebrate all workers who make the world a better place!!! Thank you!!!!!
Grey-Bruce Labour Council Donates to COVID-19 Relief
“Donating to Labour’s historical partner, the United Way, has taken on even more meaning in the worldwide pandemic” says Grey Bruce Labour Council President, Kevin Smith. “The Labour Council over the months of the pandemic has kept a constant eye on the needs of the most vulnerable in our community. In consultation the United Way of Bruce Grey we found a way to help those very people. Those very people being trampled by COVID-19”.
The United Way of Bruce Grey established a COVID-19 relief fund with the goal of ensuring, amongst many other initiatives, that when people were told to shelter in their homes that people with no place to call home would be sheltered and cared for. Labour Day is only a few days away. This day is typically a day of parades and picnics and thankfully in Grey Bruce, with the health and safety of everyone in mind, it will still be a celebration. Labour Day is often framed in celebrating what workers do to contribute each day to their communities, their families and beyond. This year the labour council is not only celebrating workers with a car caravan across the region, it is showing in one small way what makes workers’ vast contributors just beyond that of our labour. The Grey Bruce Labour Council, supported by our union delegates, is pleased to announce that as of this Labour Day the Grey Bruce Labour Council has donated $2800.00 to the COVID-19 relief fund of the United Way of Bruce Grey.
While the entire council supports the donations, Grey Bruce Labour Council Treasurer, Gord Cale, has championed the campaign of ongoing donations to the relief fund.
Dave Trumble and Chris Stephen, Labour Council VP’s, have undertaken the coordination of Labour Day activities this year and both VP’s invite the entire community to participate in the car caravan commencing at 11AM at Bill’s Valu-Mart in Meaford and progressing across the region. Trumble notes “that while the pandemic has taken a heart rendering toll of the world, workers and their unions will lead us out into a better and more socially democratic world in a post pandemic world, but we must never lose sight of those in our community that we can help”.
The Grey Bruce Labour Council wishes to thank Mayor Peabody and the municipality of Brockton for raising the Labour Day flag today. The kindness and enthusiasm in supporting the flag raising is greatly appreciated.
Canada is in the midst of an economic crisis that has disproportionately affected low-paid, vulnerable workers in precarious employment, especially women, young workers, newcomers, workers of colour and workers with disabilities. Federal fiscal policy measures must prioritize helping Canadians return to decent jobs. This means expanding access to training and apprenticeship opportunities.
Canada’s unions believe the federal government should use the 2020-21 budget to set out clear plans and targets to address climate change and a Just Transition for workers, the ongoing child care crisis, and the implementation of National Pharmacare. The government must also commit to implementing the recommendations on the Expert Panel on Modern Federal Labour Standards.