Annual Labour Day Picnic in Kamloops

By Adam Donnelly
September 6, 2016 - 11:39am Updated: September 6, 2016 - 12:19pm

KAMLOOPS — For many of us, the Labour Day Long weekend is our one last kick at the summer can, but at McDonald Park on Monday, the Kamloops and District Labour Council took the opportunity to recognize the contributions workers have made to improve working conditions for everyone.

Several hundred people attended the annual Labour Day Picnic. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the KDLC in Kamloops, and the annual event is an opportunity to celebrate some of accomplishments of the Labour movement in Canada over those decades.

“Canadian Labour has been responsible for things like the 8 hour day, the 40 hour work week, maternity benefits came out of the CUPW… overtime, health and safety standards,” KDLC President Barb Nederpel told CFJC Today. “There [are] many, many things that Canadian Labour is responsible for.”

Many of the big unions in the community had booths set up, where people could get information about some of the pressing issues facing working people today. According to Nederpel, one of the big fights facing the Labour movement is the move towards a higher minimum wage.

“We already have one province - that would be Alberta - that has committed to ... a $15 [per hour] minimum wage, and we believe it needs to be an election issue here in BC in 2017.”

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