Labour Day 2020 - Workers Helping Workers
This Labour Day, let's show working people the only way we move forward is together.
Greetings Labour Day BBQ Supporters,
Today I must, unfortunately, deliver the sad news that due to the COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings and potential changes to food service, we have decided to pause our 2020 Labour Day BBQ. However, we will still do our best to celebrate the many contributions of labour around the world, global pandemic or not!
We are currently building a "Workers Helping Workers" campaign and, as such, are asking our affiliates and supporters to get involved by giving to our community in a big way during the two weeks leading up to Labour Day. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown a need for change, and when it is over, the labour movement is in a unique position to echo these sentiments and demonstrate them in real life — "we are all in it together." With the UCP doing their best to make it difficult for unions to support their communities with Bill 32, we must show Alberta workers that we have their backs no matter what! We are asking for support in the following ways:
1) If you have supported the BBQ in the past, please consider giving to the United Way and encourage your members to do the same — let's provide help to all corners of our community.
2) Consider volunteering in your community by organizing a team or volunteering yourself; however, you are able. Although COVID-19 impacted the number of volunteer opportunities, there are still plenty of areas that need our help — if you are having trouble finding a suitable fit, please get in touch, we will help you. Finally, ask the non-profit or charity to provide a total number of hours volunteered on their official letterhead and send it back to us by the end of the day on September 4th, we will add your hours to our total.
3) Host a food drive and donate your collection to the local food bank! We will be collecting donations at our office until the end of the day on September 4th. However, if you choose to bring your donations directly to the food bank, ask for some documentation and submit it to us so we can capture everything raised.
4) If you cannot do any of the above yet want to participate, consider a blood donation if you are able (every 56 days for males, 84 days for females). The EDLC will record any donation of whole blood before September 4th, upon receipt of a picture of your blood card.
On Labour Day, we plan to announce the totals showing just who keeps the economy going and who truly cares about the health of our community and society.
President, Edmonton & District Labour Council