·  by Darren Green, USW Local 5328 and USW Hamilton Area Council President

USW Cares: A Purpose Beyond the Walls of Our Mills

There are lots of reason to celebrate Labour Day for members of a union; work conditions, the 40 hour week, stat holidays, vacations and pensions to name a few.

But really Labour Day is about solidarity, coming together to recognize that when we are at work we sweat and toil for the company to be profitable with little thanks but on this day we get to be with each other, share food, share stories and to allow our families into what is mostly a private place; we celebrate our Labour.

For Labour Day 2017 the Locals of the Hamilton Steelworkers Area Council got together to do just that. We decorated our float in support of Local 1005 MANA workers, we joined most of our Locals to have a picnic that saw 4 Barbecues on the go and live entertainment. With a bouncy castle and a train ride through Gage Park along with the games and toys for the kids, we created what we set out to do.

Collectively we had and have a purpose beyond the walls of our mills.

Photos:

Labour Day Sunday volunteering at Wesley House

Labour Day Parade and Picnic

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