Since 1999, the SDLC has hosted a free BBQ on Labour Day for the community to enjoy. The event takes place at Victoria Park (near Riversdale Pool) from 11:30am – 1:30pm. Affiliated unions and organizations also provide live entertainment, children’s activities, swag, treats and information.
Why Labour Day?
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 Canadian unions and labour organizations brought health and safety laws, shorter work weeks, the weekend, and minimum labour standards to benefit all workers. We did not stop at the workplace. Healthcare, student loans, social housing all have their roots in the groundwork laid by the labour movement, as do public pensions.
This Labour Day we are talking about Pharmacare: Let’s get it right.
- Canadian unions are working to win a national Pharmacare plan that is universal, publicly administered and comprehensive.
- Canada is the only developed country in the world with a universal health care program that doesn’t include a universal prescription drug plan
- About one third of working Canadians don’t have employer-funded prescription drug coverage
- 20% of respondents in Saskatchewan said they or someone else in their household hadn’t taken medication as prescribed because they couldn’t afford to
- An estimated one in three of our province’s 573,700 workers – 191,233 - don’t have health benefits
For Canada’s unions, Labour Day is our time to celebrate our work about making life better for everyone and making a better future for the next generation. It’s about fairness, equality and solidarity for all Canadians.