“Our work isn’t done yet” – Hyer

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THUNDER BAY – Bruce Hyer, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay–Superior North, is recognizing the achievements of Canadian workers at Thunder Bay’s Labour Day picnic this Monday.

“After many months of deep job cuts and uncertain job security, we still have the memory of a bitter recession fresh in our minds.” said Hyer “And we’re not out of the woods yet – many of our brothers and sisters are still without work, and there are signs of more trouble on the horizon. Many working families are struggling, while billions in tax handouts to the country’s most profitable corporations will mean higher E.I. premiums, cuts to services, and more of a burden on working Canadians. But Labour Day is an important reminder that by pulling together, working people can help reduce economic inequality and build a better Canada for everyone. We’ve done it in the past, and we will do it again.”

“I am honoured to this Labour Day to join others in celebrating the economic and social achievements of Canadian labour.” said the MP. “Those achievements are monumental, even if we take them for granted today. Things like workplace safety, an 8-hour workday, weekends, and workplace pensions were once just a dream. The labour movement made them happen for Canadians.”

“Our work isn’t done yet.” continued Hyer “More and more Canadians are joining the ranks of the working poor, and workers can still see the pensions they’ve paid into their whole lives disappear in a puff of smoke when their company goes under. That’s why people that work need a living wage. That’s why we need to increase the Canada Pension Plan, and that’s why we need to protect pensions during bankruptcies.”

The Thunder Bay Labour Day Picnic & celebrations are open to the public:

Labour Day Picnic

Date: Monday, September 6

Time: 12pm – 4pm

Location: Lakehead Labour Centre, 929 Fort William Road

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