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TRURO, NS – Labour Day is a time for celebration and reflection. It’s a day for all of us to stop, if even just for a moment, to reflect on the past, to think about where we currently stand and to plan how we can continue to move forward into the future.

Every year at this time I am reminded of the determination and resolve of workers across our province. I am reminded of their daily struggles to achieve equality, safe working conditions and decent wages.
Workers throughout Nova Scotia have and will continue to play an important role in helping our province’s economy grow and prosper. Their valuable contributions help fuel an economic climate that points us to a brighter future.

Employers and governments alike must realize that workers are the backbone of our economy and our future economic success. Their work is vital to our continued growth and they deserve to be compensated fairly for it. Without them, our economy would falter and stall. Workers want and deserve their fair share in our province’s prosperity and that’s not too much to ask for.

We have much to be proud of. Together, we’ve stood up to many challenges. We have faced adversity and have overcome many obstacles. But we must not become complacent. We must remain ever mindful of the past. We must remember that there is still much more to be accomplished.

On this Labour Day, let’s take some time to renew our commitment to our co-workers and ourselves. Let’s commit to continuing the struggle for social justice. Let’s commit to continuing to work towards a society where human dignity is cherished and protected. Let’s continue to fight for a society where the labour of every worker is valued and fairly compensated.

On behalf of the over 18,000 members of CUPE Nova Scotia, our executive officers and staff, I’d like to wish all workers in our province a healthy, happy and safe Labour Day.

For more information, please contact:

Danny Cavanagh     
President, CUPE Nova Scotia   
(902) 957-0822 (cell)

Derrick Barrett
CUPE Communications
(902) 455-4180