Crowds at the barbecue tent operated by International Longshore & Warehouse Union Local 502 at the Labour Day event at Surrey’s Holland Park in 2017. (submitted photo)

Hundreds expected at free Labour Day picnic set to return to Surrey’s Holland Park

Annual event hosted by New Westminster & District Labour Council on Sept. 2

Up to 700 people are expected to attend an annual Labour Day event planned at Surrey’s Holland Park on Monday (Sept. 2).

The family-friendly lunchtime picnic is hosted by New Westminster & District Labour Council (nwdlc.ca), which represents close to 60,000 union members from 100 union locals in 14 Lower Mainland communities.

The event is open to everyone from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the park, located at Old Yale Road and King George Boulevard.

“Union members, families, friends and community members are all invited to mark the day with us,” an event press release notes.

“This is a free event with food, live music and performances, booths, children’s games and activities. We are pleased to welcome the Honourable Harry Bains, Minister of Labour, as our featured speaker this year.”

The Burnaby-based labour council first held the event at Holland Park in 2017, when newly elected Premier John Horgan attended. For years prior to 2017, the annual gathering was held at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby.

“Last year we joined the Vancouver & District Labour Council for their event at the PNE. This year we are pleased to return to Holland Park,” Janet Andrews, Secretary-Treasurer of the labour council, told the Now-Leader in an email.

Andrews added: “The event is co-ordinated by our Community & Social Action Committee and will include booths of our affiliates and community partners, a (barbecue) hosted by ILWU Local 502, live music by Common Ground and performances by Stars of the North drum group and the Left Coast Labour Chorus, kids games and activities, a bouncy castle, cotton candy and an appearance by Bob Brown Bear, mascot of the Vancouver Canadians Baseball team.”

Bains, MLA for Surrey-Newton, will speak to the crowd at the start of the event, at around 11:30 a.m.

The labour council’s press release says that on Sept. 2, “Canada’s unions will celebrate the social and economic achievements of workers, while calling for a Fair Canada for Everyone in the upcoming federal election. Labour Day is a tribute to the contributions working people have made to the strength, economic prosperity and wellbeing of our country.”

Strong progress has been made for B.C. workers over the last two years, Andrews says.

“Increases to the minimum wage, Community Benefit Agreements and legislative updates recognize that workers are the foundation of our economy,” Andrews stated. “The purchasing power and dignity of a good job with decent wages makes our communities stronger, more inclusive and stems the rising tide of inequality.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Surrey addictions officials say pandemic funding is wreaking havoc on those in recovery

Governments’ kindness taking its toll, recovery operators say

Influx of cross-border visitors to Peace Arch Park sparks concern COVID-19 could spike

Police, parks officials say patrols, education and signage have all been increased

Barn catches fire in Surrey

Fire department says ‘pressurized containers’ inside the structure

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

What June 1 will look like at Surrey schools

High school students following a ‘tutorial model’ where they sign up through a set schedule of times

Only four new COVID-19 cases, 228 active across B.C.

Health officials watching as activities ramp up

Feds looking at ways to reunite families amid COVID-19 border restrictions with U.S.

Some families with members of dual-citizenship have become separated due to the pandemic

Condition in kids with possible COVID-19 link being studied in Canada

This month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an alert to doctors about MIS-C

‘I knew what he wanted’: Kootenay man spends hours in tree as black bear patrols below

Francis Levasseur is no stranger to the outdoors, but a recent run-in with a bear caused quite a scare

COVID cancelled their wedding plans, so they married on a BC mountaintop

Ceremony was live streamed to friends and family around the world

Trudeau acknowledges racial unrest in U.S.; ‘We also have work to do in Canada’

‘Anti-black racism, racism, is real; it’s in the United States, but it’s also in Canada,’ Trudeau says

State of Local Emergency declared for Boundary as communities brace for river flooding

Warm weather and heavy rain could cause sections of Kettle River system to swell beyond 2018 levels

Large cruise ships barred from Canadian waters until end of October: Garneau

Last year 140 cruise ships brought more than two million visitors to Canadian ports

Minneapolis cop who knelt on man’s neck charged with murder

Arrest comes after three days of protests, which escalated in violence as demonstrators torched a police precinct

Most Read

l -->