The labour movement in Alberta has a long and proud history of serving the needs of the community and shining a much-needed spotlight on issues involving inequity and the most vulnerable in our communities.
Every Labour Day, there are events all over the province celebrating workers and raising awareness about issues affecting the employed, unemployed and underemployed. There are a number of events we are so proud to be a part of each year.
Two of these events are put on by the Edmonton & District Labour Council and the Calgary & District Labour Council respectively. Held in easily accessible central locations each year, and with the help of other unions including UFCW 401, both the EDLC (since 1989) and CDLC (since 2009) serve up free burgers, hot dogs, and soft drinks to thousands in each city who struggle to make ends meet, or who live on the street.
These events also generate media interest and are widely reported, giving us the opportunity to talk about the current challenges facing Albertans and all that still needs to be addressed.
The barbecues are a proud part of Alberta’s history and we remain dedicated to our involvement and providing support to these important annual events.