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Oct 6

ATU joins all Canadians celebrating Thanksgiving Day

Silver Spring, MD – Amalgamated Transit Union International President Larry Hanley issued the following statement in observance of Thanksgiving Day in Canada.
 
“The Amalgamated Transit Union joins all Canadians in observance of Thanksgiving (Action de grâce). Parliament passed the law creating a national day of thanksgiving in 1879, just as the labour movement was getting organized in Canada.
 
“Canadians can be proud of, and grateful for all that has been achieved since then – including enactment of some of the strongest labour laws in the world, universal health care, and a national pension system.
 
“None of this happened by accident. Trade unionists over the last century put their lives and livelihoods on the line so that everyday Canadian workers would have the means to share a thanksgiving meal with their families today.
 
“While we can never repay them for those sacrifices, we can pay what they gave us forward by actively defending and working to extend the rights of Labour for future generations.
 
“That might be the best way of expressing our gratitude for all of the many good things in our lives this Thanksgiving.”