Unifor marks Labour Day with celebration of worker empowerment

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Unifor Mational President Lana Payne marching in the Toronto Labour Day parade with hundreds of Unifor members

TORONTO —Unifor, Canada’s largest private sector union, celebrates worker empowerment as members across the country gather to mark Labour Day. 

“Unifor is celebrating the fighting spirit that workers are courageously displaying across our union, across the country and all over the world,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “We work our entire lives as trade union activists for the kind of moment we find ourselves in right now. A moment where we can build worker power.” 

At a Unifor rally in downtown Toronto, Payne told members there is a renewed militancy by workers as they join unions to fight back against corporate greed, precarious employment and the affordability crisis. 

Payne was elected Unifor National President at the union’s Constitutional Convention in August 2022. 

Watch Lana Payne’s Labour Day video message here

“Too often workers are in a work until you drop environment where they are made to feel expendable,” said Payne. “Workers must speak up, not quiet quit. Now is the time to build worker power. Now is the time to join a union.” 

Unilateral media interviews with Lana Payne can be booked by contacting Kathleen O’Keefe at @email or at 416-896-3303

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector and represents 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.