The biggest breakfast has traditionally been at the United Steelworkers Hall on Cecil Street.
This year something different and much bigger was done. Considering that many people this morning were at the Unifest party the night before, the early morning turn-out was impressive.
Scheduled to begin at 8 a.m., the music played until 8:40 when the speeches finally began.
A theme that ran throughout the speeches was raising the minimum wage, not just in Ontario, but nationally. The Community Organizing mandate that Unifor adopted at their founding Convention over the weekend was also referred to a number of times. The idea is to reach out to non-union workers and non-union sector social justice efforts by Unifor members... something like that.
- Michel Ouimet, Unifor Quebec Director (in French)
- John Cartwright, Toronto and York Region Labour Council, President
- Hassan Yussuff, Canadian Labour Congress Secretary-Treasurer
- Thomas Mulcair, NDP Leader of the Official Opposition
- Sid Ryan, Ontario Federation of Labour President
- Deena Ladd, Workers’ Action Centre Co-ordinator
- Patricia Juan Pineda, Authentic Workers’ Front or Frente Auténtico del Trabajo (Mexico)
- Jerry Dias, newly elected Unifor National President
Video - Labour Day Speeches
Tomorrow: New union Unifor leads Labour Day parade, President to address crowd at 8 a.m. - Unifor Media Advisory
Unifor members join Toronto's Labour Day parade - Rabble.ca, September 2 2013
Labour Day paraders march to CNE | More than 30 unions represented at event led by 300,000-member Unifor group -- Trevor Dhanraj, CBC News