(Ottawa— 1 September, 2017) Today — 145 years after Canada's first Labour Day events in 1872 — the Canadian Association of University Teachers celebrates the many achievements of the trade union movement, and commits to continued solidarity to further improve the lives of all working people.
Academic staff unions and associations have spent many years fighting for secure employment and working conditions that promote quality teaching, research, and community service. CAUT is committed to defending these principles in the face of challenges by many administrators, politicians, and business leaders pushing workplace changes that undermine economic security, devalue the profession, and erode the public good.
On this Labour Day, we are therefore reminded of the ever-present need for unity and vigilance. CAUT commits to continued work in solidarity with labour unions everywhere in defending workers’ rights both on campus and throughout the broader work force.
Lisa Keller, Communications Officer, Canadian Association of University Teachers; 613-726-5186 (o); 613-222-3530 (c)