Several Unifor members in Manitoba donned early 1900s period costumes at the parade to commemorate the historic 1919 general strike. Dressed up as workers from a variety of sectors including media, rail, and telecommunications, they were joined by dozens of other Unifor members from the region to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the strike.
“In the labour movement, we stand on the shoulders of giants. The sacrifices made by the strikers of 1919 helped shaped Canada’s modern workforce and politics,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President.
Last week Unifor’s leaders held a special meeting in Winnipeg and attended a celebratory dinner with hundreds of other progressive labour activists.
“The Winnipeg General Strike’s anniversary is an important time to celebrate the many crucial victories of our predecessors,” said Joie Warnock, Unifor Western Regional Director. “We have no shortage of challenges, but as we learned one hundred years ago, ‘we are many, and they are few’.”