There's lots of activities planned throughout Nova Scotia for Monday September 7, Labour Day. Join your brothers and sisters in celebrating a holiday for workers in a place near you:

On September 7, the Halifax-Dartmouth & District Labour Council (HDDLC) invites you to attend their Labour Day March, Rally, Free BBQ Picnic & Community Concert in Halifax. Gather at 10:30am (Victoria Park on Spring Garden) and join the march at 11:00am from Victoria Park to the South Commons. Rally, free BBQ & music concert to follow from 12:00 noon onwards at the South Commons Triangle (for more information, see For info, contact Kyle Buott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The Strait Area Labour Council is having their Labour Day celebration from 2 - 3 pm at the Unifor (formerly CAW) Union Hall, 323 Reeves Street in Port Hawkes-bury. BBQ, face-painting, Music, free food and giveaways. Families welcome! This will be an exciting opportunity to celebrate Labour Day. email President Wilfridine Crowdis at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The Annapolis Valley Labour Council Labour Day Picnic is being held from 

11 am - 2 pm at Memorial Park on Park St. in Kentville. We will have live music, bounce kingdom, dunk tank with prize wheel, face-painting, balloon making, jimmy dogs, chicken and pig roast. If you are in the Valley be sure to join them for their celebration! Questions? Please contact: Annapolis Valley Labour Council Secretary-Treasurer Karen Davenport @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The Yarmouth Labour Day event will be held at Frost Park, Main St. Yarmouth, directly across from the Rodd Grand Hotel from 11 am – 2 pm. There will be a BBQ, speakers, and children's entertainment. For more information, contact: Jim Laverie: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

With a letter to the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour on Friday, President Rick Clarke announced that he will be retiring at the end of October, timed with the biannual NSFL Convention. Brother Clarke has served the NSFL as president since 1988 and before that had been a union rep at the shipyard since 1974. “I have wrestled with this decision for some time, and it has not come with a feeling of relief or jubilation, for I truly love what I have been blessed to have been able to do these many years — work for and with workers — but it is time,” he said. Clarke acknowledged the challenges the labour movement has faced in recent years “from both the McNeil and Harper governments...Despite the best efforts of both governments, with their anti-worker/anti-union acts and actions, we the labour movement have pulled together, grown and strengthened,” he wrote in his letter. Even after he officially steps down, he plans to stay busy, working with community organizations and the Nova Scotia Federation of Union Retirees. Clarke’s letter also said he will spend time after his retirement working to improve his health. 

Local 1928 sadly passes on the news of the sudden death of member Gary Brazil and his wife Faye as the result of a vehicle accident in Newfoundland on July 12. Gary was a powerline technician who worked in construction for many years and in many places, but had spent the last ten at least in Nova Scotia. Faye was a familiar, friendly face serving coffee at the Tim Horton's in Truro. They leave behind many many to mourn, including family, chosen family, friends and co-workers.

Local 1928 received notice on Friday July 17 that Business Manager Jeff Richardson will be leaving to take a position that will allow him to spend more time with his family. Brother Richardson's last day with Local 1928 will be August 6. At a specially called meeting that day, the Local's executive board appointed Brother Leo Doran as Business Manager/Financial Secretary, effective Brother Richardson's departure. Brother Doran is an industrial electrican who is the elected Chair of Unit 5 and comes out of the Nova Scotia Power bargaining unit to take on the role. 



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