Hundreds Gather for Windsor's Annual Labour Day Parade

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The upcoming federal election was top of mind at the annual Labour Day parade and rally in Windsor.

Hundreds gathered at Fogolar Furlan Club as part of the yearly event.

A 'fair Canada for everyone' was the theme for this year's parade that celebrates the strides for workers and recognizes work that still needs to be done.

with the federal election just over a month away, organizers are focused on pharmacare, retirement security, climate action, jobs, equity, inclusion and racism. 

Unifor Local 444 President Dave Cassidy says getting together and sharing concerns is part of the day.

"It's very important to labour that we get the right people in that are going to push our agenda as well," he says. "I think the NDP are going to do that for us."

 

Cassidy says the third shift at Fiat Chrysler's Windsor Assembly plant was also a focus.

"We're trying to do everything we can do to maintain that third shift, get a new product in Windsor Assembly, because they all know we have the best product that there is and if they want to build right, they build in Windsor," says Cassidy.

FCA Canada has decided to extend the life of the third shift until at least the end of 2019 after initially planning to eliminate the shift in September. 

The parade made its way from Unifor Local 444 and 200 Union Hall on Turner Rd. before arriving at the Fogolar Furlan Club.

Local unions accepted donations of non-perishable items for local food banks at the event.