This Labour Day, the Red Deer and District Labour Council is among the Canadian unions calling for a strong pandemic recovery that centres on workers and their families and includes a plan for replacing lost jobs with better ones.
The RDDLC says the recovery must be built on good jobs that offer decent wages and benefits. Recovery planning must also strengthen the public health care system by adding universal pharmacare, and by disaster-proofing our social safety net with investments in childcare and affordable housing.
“A strong recovery isn’t possible without workers,” said Kyle Johnston, president of the RDDLC.
“Workers in all sectors kept us all afloat through this incredibly difficult time by keeping us fed, healthy, housed and supported, and they continue to do so as we move into a fourth wave of the pandemic.
“As we move into a federal election on Sept. 20, we have an opportunity to hold our political leaders accountable and demand better jobs and social programs as we recover from the pandemic.”