August 29, 2014 13:14 ET
OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 29, 2014) - Donald Lafleur, the new Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Labour Congress, will be in Monction on Sunday, August 31, for the Labour Day Picnic organized by the Moncton and District Labour Council.
Lafleur will be available to media at the picnic, taking place from noon until 3:00 pm at Centennial Park, to talk about the advantages of having a union at work.
Canadian workers have celebrated their achievements on this day since it was declared a national holiday in 1894. The focus this year is on how unions stand up for fairness on behalf of their members and how that benefits all Canadians. CLC researchers have found that on average unionized workers in and around Moncton earn $9.80 an hour more than non-union employees, a difference that puts an extra $5.7 million into the local economy every week!
Lafleur says that many of the things first won by unions are enjoyed by all workers today, including fair wages, overtime pay, pensions, workplace safety standards, parental leave, vacation pay and protection from discrimination and harassment.
The Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the labour movement, represents 3.3 million Canadian workers. The CLC brings together Canada's national and international unions along with the provincial and territorial federations of labour and 130 district labour councils. Web site: www.canadianlabour.ca Follow us on Twitter @CanadianLabour
Serge Landry, 506-871-8496 (cell)firstname.lastname@example.org
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