Dear Sisters and Brothers:

I hope you had the opportunity to spend time with family and friends over the course of the summer. I know how much time you give to our union, and I know how important it is to find time to rest and recharge with loved ones.

While you were taking that time, I hope you were also able to participate in community events celebrating Pride and Labour Day. It was a privilege to attend Pride parades in both Toronto and Vancouver, and to march in the Toronto Labour Day parade. The tradition of a parade on Labour Day is new to me (in BC we usually mark the day with community picnics), and I was impressed by the sheer size of the parade and very proud of the number of CUPE locals represented there.