UFCW Canada Local 401, Alberta's largest private sector local union, along with approximately 20,000 other partipants were loud and proud at the 2012 Edmonton Pride Parade, organized by the Edmonton Pride Festival Society.
UFCW Canada, along with Locals 1000A and Locals 175 & 633 will gather in Toronto to celebrate PRIDE on July 1, 2012. The parade will begin at 2 p.m. and there will be a UFCW 175 & 633 contingent, along with a strong presence from UFCW Local 1000A taking part in this walk. “Toronto Pride parade is the largest of its kind in Canada. We are proud to stand in unity with our LGBTQ brothers and sisters and we encourage the participation of our vast membership at this exciting event”, says Wayne Hanley, National President.
Pride, celebrated across the country, is one of Canada’s biggest and most colourful annual festivals. It features exciting street fairs, marches, parades, picnics and concerts. Each event provides an inclusive experience, which is why Pride is a popular attraction among Canadians and thousands of visitors from around the world.
The UFCW Canada National Council met in Toronto on May 17 and 18 to focus on the union's efforts to demand fairness for Zellers workers, expand diversity initiatives within the organization, develop additional campaigns to expose Wal-Mart's corrupt practices, and combat attacks on labour from right-wing governments at the federal and provincial levels.
Joe Hansen, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), has released an official statement commending U.S. President Obama for his historic support of marriage equality.
Each year May 17 is observed as the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia. 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of the FondationÉmergence's campaign to establish a special day that recognizes homosexuality and celebrates the valuable contributions of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, and queer (LGBTQ) community in our society.