Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

August 29, 2014 12:49 ET

Media Advisory: Marie Clarke Walker Available to Media at Labour Day March, Rally & BBQ in Halifax

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 29, 2014) - Marie Clarke Walker, Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Labour Congress, will be in Halifax on Monday, September 1, for the Labour Day Celebration organized by the Halifax-Dartmouth Labour Council.

Events start at Victoria Park (at Spring Garden & South Park Street) at 10:30am with a LABOUR DAY RALLY, followed by a march to the South Commons Triangle at 11:30am for a FREE BBQ picnic, starting at noon. Clarke Walker will be available to media before, during and after the event 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 the Halifax region earn $6.03 an hour more than non-union employees, a difference that puts an extra $12.3 million into the local economy every week!

Clarke Walker 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.

WHO: Marie Clarke Walker, Executive Vice President, CLC
WHAT: Labour Day Celebration
WHEN & WHERE: Monday, September 1
Victoria Park 10:30 - 11:30 am
South Commons Triangle (by the pool, Halifax Commons)at noon.

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: Follow us on Twitter @CanadianLabour

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