Labour Day march
Sep 2, 2013 / 8:09 am
Union members have flooded the streets of Toronto in a spirited Labour Day celebration emboldened by the birth of the country's biggest union for private workers.
Thousands of workers took up more than 12 blocks this morning in a parade peppered with bands and countless labour flags and banners.
Leading the pack in red T-shirts were members of Canada's newest union, Unifor, formed from the Canadian Auto Workers and Communication, Energy and Paperworkers unions.
National president Jerry Dias says the march is a symbol of hope for the group as it launches an ambitious campaign to draw members in precarious and non-union jobs.
Dias was elected Saturday with about 87 per cent support at the new union's founding convention in Toronto.
NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, who marched in the parade, says Unifor will help stabilize the Canadian labour movement at a time when middle-class and union jobs are under attack.
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