01 May 19 International Workers’ Day, or "May Day"

01 May 19 International Workers’ Day, or "May Day"

International Workers’ Day, or May Day, is recognized around the world on May 1 in celebration of the labour movement and ordinary working people.

The first May Day was held over 100 years ago to commemorate the 1886 Haymarket affair in Chicago, where working people took to the streets with strikes and protests to fight for an eight-hour work day.

Since then, unions and activists have kept this tradition going with annual marches and demonstrations, often to raise awareness of injustice and to stand up for their fellow workers.

AUPE members are encouraged to participate in May Day events throughout the province. Bring your flags, signs, banners and buttons to show everyone your union pride!

To learn more about May Day see the following article