NAFTA Talks Hot Topic At Windsor's Labour Day Parade

Union members and residents braved the heat for Windsor's annual Labour Day Parade Monday.

The Windsor and District Labour Council organized the festivities. It was a day for family and fun, but there was a serious note to the celebration with several speakers addressing wavering NAFTA talks between the U.S. and Canada.

Unifor Local 195's Tammy Pomeraleau tells AM800 News the possibility of a crisis for the auto-industry makes solidarity important.

"What could happen to our auto industry, it will destroy Windsor if it does come into effect," she says. "It is so important to be one big voice."

Pomeraleau has been attending the parade for decades. She brought two generations of her own family along and she's happy to see non-union members in a crowd that's getting younger every year.

"I find that a lot more young people are joining in now too, which is awesome, because our youth is our future, so that's just awesome," says Pomeraleau.

CUPE Local 82's Ed Rivard grabbed some shade with his grandkids Monday. He says even with unrest looming, Labour Day is still about community and fun.

"It's a great time and nice warm weather today," he says. "It gets everyone together and everybody can be together as one."

Monday's parade wrapped at the Fogolar Furlan Club with speeches a car show, children's activities, food, and drinks.