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Labour Day bittersweet for B.C. unions

By Sara Norman

Unions from across British Columbia are celebrating Labour Day with a large gathering at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby Monday. It will mostly be a fun event, according to Irene Lanzinger with the BC Federation of Labour — but this year there is a serious undertone.

Lanzinger says the annual gathering “is important every year … of course we’re more reminded of that when we know that a union is engaged in a big struggle and, in this case, teachers have been engaged in that struggle both for the good of their members and other union members, but also in defence of public education.”

More than 400 Cascade Aerospace union workers also spent nearly three months on strike before reaching an agreement this month, she said.

The event helps serve as a reminder of the importance of fighting for what you believe in, Lanzinger points out, not just for unions, but the public in general. BC Teachers’ Federation President Jim Iker will be in attendance to thank other union members for their support.

The event, billed as celebrating achievements of working people in B.C., goes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include a performance from Trooper paid for by several unions.


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