Edmonton and Calgary Labour Day BBQs

UFCW Local 401 was proud to once again participate in the Calgary and District Labour Council (CDLC) and Edmonton and District Labour Council (EDLC) Labour Day BBQs this year. UFCW activists filled downtown Calgary’s Olympic Plaza and Edmonton’s Giovanni Caboto Park (along with other labour activists) to set up, cook, and serve barbequed hamburgers and hotdogs.

This year, it is estimated that more than 1,700 people attended the Calgary and Edmonton BBQs respectively. Various organizations had booths and tables set up to engage attendees. And in Calgary, participants were able to cool off from the hot day in Olympic Plaza’s water park and enjoy some entertainment from local musicians Jackie Drew and the Crew.

“The Edmonton and Calgary Labour Day BBQs are a tradition in which UFCW Local 401 is happy to participate,” noted UFCW Local 401 President Douglas O’Halloran.

“Labour Day is an opportunity for us to reflect on the benefits that the labour movement has worked to provide to all Albertans. These BBQs serve to remind us of that work, which we often take for granted.

This year, that reminder is all the more important as attacks on Canada’s working middle class have become stronger and more blatant.”

NDP MLAs Deron Bilous and David Eggen volunteered at the Edmonton BBQ in a show of support with Alberta’s working families. Bilous also attended the Calgary BBQ.

"As an NDP MLA, I'm always proud to take part in Labour Day," said Bilous. "The work that unions do to make this province fairer for all Albertans is so important, and I appreciate the opportunity to celebrate the ways that labour has made the lives of working people better and the time to recognize that there is still much to be done." 

For more pictures of UFCW Local 401’s participation in the EDLC and CDLC Labour Day BBQs, visit our Facebook page at http://facebook.com/ufcw401