Time for an Articling Student Union in Ontario

Tomorrow is Labour Day across Canada, where everyone in the country is provided a statutory holiday under s. 166 of the Canada Labour Code. The federal Interpretation Act, designates in s. 35(1) the first Monday of the September as Labour Day, and every province has employment standards legislation mandating the day as a statutory holiday as well. The origins of Labour Day go back to March 25, 1872, when the Toronto Typographical Union went on strike for the nine-hour workday, backed by 10,000 workers and 27 unions. The action was characterized as an illegal conspiracy against trade at the time, with 24 leaders of the strike put in prison. These retaliatory actions were highly unpopular, leading Sir John A. Macdonald to pass the Trade Unions Act on June 14, 1872, providing some legal protections to unions. The official celebration of Labour Day commenced on July 23, 1894, under Prime Minister John Thomson, with a parade being held in Toronto every year since. Of…

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