August 27, 2019 
Come out to Celebrate Labour Day this weekend!

Join Saskatchewan Workers and others across the province for picnics to celebrate Labour Day in your community on Monday, September 3, 2018. 

The free picnics are hosted by District Labour Councils and various unions. Bring your family, friends and fellow co-workers and join us on Labour Day!
    Location: Wascana Park, Legislative Lawns
    Event duration: NOON - 3:30 PM
    Visit the CUPE Saskatchewan booth for free snow cones!
    Location: Moose Jaw Union Center at 1402 Caribou St W.
    Event duration: 11 AM - 2 PM
    Visit the CUPE Saskatchewan booth for some free handouts!
  • Share the Moose Jaw event:
    Location: PA Union Centre (107 - 8th Street East)
    Event duration: NOON to 3:00 p.m.

  Here's a chance to help administer your $4.5 million Defense Fund
There is a vacancy on the board of directors of the GSU Defense Fund available to interested members from Locals 1 (Viterra Ops/Maintenance), Local 2 (Viterra Head Office), Local 14 (Richardson) and Local 15 (Nutrien). 

The directors meet periodically by conference call and hold at least one in-person meeting each year in Regina. Your wage loss and expenses for attending meetings of the directors will be covered by GSU's expense policy.

Members who would like more information or who are interested in participating in the administration of the $4.5 million fund should contact GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner by email at  by Aug. 31.  

For many, Labour Day signals the end of summer. But what evolved into just another long weekend began as a massive working class demonstration in the streets of Toronto.

In a time when workers' rights are taken for granted and even workers' benefits have come to be expected, it's no wonder that the origins of Labour Day are confined to the history books. What evolved into just another summer holiday began as a working class struggle and massive demonstration of solidarity in the streets of Toronto.

Canada was changing rapidly during the second half of the 19th century. Immigration was increasing, cities were getting crowded, and industrialization was drastically altering the country's economy and workforce.

As machines began to replace or automate many work processes, employees found they no longer had special skills to offer employers. Workers could easily be replaced if they complained or dissented and so were often unable to speak out against low wages, long work weeks and deplorable working conditions.

This is the context and setting for what is generally considered Canada's first Labour Day event in 1872. At the time, unions were illegal in Canada, which was still operating under an archaic British law already abolished in England.

For over three years the Toronto Printers Union had been lobbying its employers for a shorter work week. Inspired by workers in Hamilton who had begun the movement for a nine-hour work day, the Toronto printers threatened to strike if their demands weren't met. After repeatedly being ignored by their employers, the workers took bold action and on March 25, 1872, they went on strike.

Toronto's publishing industry was paralyzed and the printers soon had the support of other workers. On April 14, a group of 2,000 workers marched through the streets in a show of solidarity. They picked up even more supporters along the way and by the time they reached their destination of Queen's Park, their parade had 10,000 participants - one tenth of the city's population.

The employers were forced to take notice. Led by George Brown, founder of the Toronto Globe and notable Liberal, the publishers retaliated. Brown brought in workers from nearby towns to replace the printers. He even took legal action to quell the strike and had the strike leaders charged and arrested for criminal conspiracy.

Follow this link to read more about Canada's first Labour Day: The First Labour Day

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