SSM District Labour Council Celebrates 60 Years

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Labour Day Event
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The Sault Ste. Marie District Labour Council celebrated 60 years on Monday with their annual free Workers’ Appreciation family and friends event at the Roberta Bondar Pavilion.

This year’s event theme was “A Fair Canada for Everyone,” and included activities such as live music, face painting, cotton candy and popcorn, as well as a Labour Solidarity Rally and a Motorcycle Show and Shine.

“It’s been something we’ve been doing for 60 years to just engage the community,” Labour Council president Michelle McCleave-Kennedy told SaultOnline.

The United Steelworkers Union also used this event as an opportunity to unveil their new logo, which Assistant Union Coordinator Dan Cooper said is the way the USW is ” going forward with our union.”

“We’re fighting for the rights of our workers, not just within our own union but we’re joining together with Labour Council, the Ontario Federation of Labour, CLC, so on and so forth,” he explained. “We’re fighting for workers’ rights, whether you’re unionized or not.”

McCleave-Kennedy said the Labour Council has some projects in the works this year, including Pharmacare for everyone, as well as looking at how the council can better serve the community and how they can better inform the community about the unions and what they do.

For more information on the SSMDLC, visit their website here.