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Labour Day is our opportunity to celebrate the important contributions of working people to make Canada a better country. 

That includes what we do on the job providing vital services that Canadians depend on and our accomplishments over the years that have improved living standards, promoted equality and built strong communities.

It’s also a good day to remember the challenges that we face to continue to make headway or prevent the gains that we have made from being undermined or rolled back.

Personally, I will be thinking about how we can achieve our goal of improving retirement incomes for all Canadians by winning an increase in the Canada Pension Plan. I will also worry about the challenges ahead for front line public sector workers as corporations and governments try to make us pay the price for the global economic meltdown.

This Labour Day I will be celebrating with workers at the Ottawa and District Labour Council picnic. I’m looking forward to sharing hot dogs and corn on the cob with other union members. I hope all CUPE members are able to mark the day with family, friends, and colleagues.

In solidarity,

Paul Moist
CUPE National president