More than 500 Society members and their families attended Labour Day events across Ontario.
President Scott Travers attended the Toronto parade, which drew an estimated 25,000 participants.
“We had one of the largest contingents I can recall in this year’s Toronto parade,” said Travers, who was joined by many others within the union’s elected leadership. “It was wonderful to see hundreds of members from so many locals with their kids out on such a nice day.”
Members were given t-shirts that read, Fair Workplaces, Inclusive Communities for All and with the Toronto & York Labour Council theme Step Up and Speak Out on the back of the shirts. The focus of this year’s march was Bill 148, the legislation that will improve employment and labour law in Ontario as well as raise the minimum wage.
The SEP contingent in Toronto received a warm reception at the finish line from dignitaries including Toronto & York Labour Council President John Cartwright, as well as labour-friendly city councillors and school board trustees.
Members also attended events in Barrie, Durham, Grey-Bruce, Hamilton and Sudbury.