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Hamilton & District Labour Council
1130 Barton St E # 210, Hamilton, Ontario L8H7P9
Weather permitting, we're encouraging everyone who is able to bring your own picnic (BYOP) dinner or snack down to Victoria Park in Hamilton at 5pm on May 15th in memory of Canada's 9 Hour Work Day movement starting at the park in 1872. If weather is questionable, keep an eye on this page!
PLEASE do not bring BBQs, alcohol or anything else that would require us to get a permit. This is meant to be a family-friendly, drop-by-if-you-can type of event.
Oh… no lawn darts.
Text from the Historical Plaque at Victoria Park…
«In the mid-nineteenth century industrial workers laboured ten to twelve hours a day, six days a week. Inspired by British and American examples, Hamilton unionists launched a crusade for a… shorter workday in January of 1872. The workingman, they argued, needed more time for family, leisure, education and civic life. Soon the Nine-Hour Movement had branches across central Canada. In Hamilton on May 15, thousands of union and non-union workers walked off the job. Cheered on by large crowds, they paraded through the city and staged a demonstration here at the Crystal Palace grounds. Resistance by employers ultimately defeated the movement, but workers learned the potential of large-scale mobilization and would eventually win a shorter workday.»