Join us for September 7's 2020 Labour Day celebrations!

The Durham Region Labour Council will be hosting our 15th Annual Labour Day virtually on Monday, September 7 from 1pm-3pm. We hope you can join us and watch and share with your friends, family, and even your co-workers.

Labour Day is a critical moment in our movement’s calendar. This year is no different.

Yet, unlike previous years, Durham Region Labour Council’s 15th Annual Labour Day will be celebrated online due to ongoing social distancing regulations. This is a time of creative connectivity, as we must organize like never before.

The global pandemic has shone a harsh light on society’s inequalities; inequalities the labour movement has long fought to address. Labour Day 2020 is an opportunity to call for societal transformation to address the social and economic gaps in our communities.

This is our moment to send a message that we have “A Plan For Progress, A Plan for Action.” This is our Labour Day theme.

This theme will allow us to highlight policies we know will make life better for all people – including calling for better jobs and better workplace health and safety measures, and a better social safety net.

If you would like to submit a 2 minute Labour Day message on behalf of your affiliate or organization, or provide live greetings at the virtual event, please email us at [email protected]

When: Sep 7, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this event:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Over the past 15 years, we have taken the Labour Day BBQ and Picnic from a small gathering of co-workers and community to an event that the entire community looks forward to. This year will be different but still lots of fun with music and activities for all generations. 

This year as the Durham Region Labour Council celebrates our success and struggles in a virtual gathering, we are calling on affiliates, labour activists and community builders to make every effort to gather support of a food drive, making a donation and assistance to our local organizations that are fighting hunger daily. The council has held historic celebrations of labour across the Durham Region for years, and bringing together community and workers in celebration. We could not accomplish this without the generous support of our affiliates of the council.

This year we are pleading for your continued support in a different way, our community members and organizations need our help. Our collective outreach is always in need and the labour movement responses. We have members of our unions and community partners assisting to bring hope to people in our workplaces and across the community. We need to step up our appetite for delivering change to the lives in our neighbourhoods. While we fight for safe workplaces and safe communities, our outreach has a huge opportunity to expand our generosity to families and individuals struggling for daily food and household items.

Donations of items are provided below, as well as financial donations in the form of cheques or grocery gift cards can and will also assist organizations providing food and support during these uncertain times in the global Covid-19 outbreak locally.

Can we count on your support to meet the needs in these times? The Letter, Brochure and needs of our communities can be found here.