Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

August 29, 2014 13:19 ET

Media Advisory: New CLC President to March in Toronto's Labour Day Parade Hassan Yussuff Available to Media

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 29, 2014) - The new leader of Canada's labour movement will be in Toronto on Monday, September 1 to march in the city's Labour Day Parade and celebrate his first Labour Day as President of the Canadian Labour Congress.

Hassan Yussuff will gather with workers and their families at Nathan Phillips Square shortly before 9:00 am then join the march toward the Canadian National Exhibition.

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 Toronto region earn $4.85 an hour more than non-union employees, a difference that puts an extra $105.7 million into the local economy every week (that's close to $5.5 billion over the year).

Yussuff 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: Hassan Yussuff, the new President of the CLC
WHAT: Labour Day Parade
WHEN & WHERE: Monday, September 1
Nathan Phillips Square 9:00 am to 9:30 am
followed by the march to the C.N.E. grounds

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

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