VDLC – May Day

May 01, 2024 at
5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Maritime Labour Centre1880 Triumph StreetVancouver, BCV5L 4C4

Join us for a celebration of International Workers’ Day (May Day) at the Maritime Labour Centre!

The event will feature a labour and community information fair, speakers, live music, food provided by Tamam: Fine Palestinian Cuisine, workshops, and more! May 1st from 5:30-9:30pm.


Book launch: ’12 Rules for Strife’
with labour & political cartoonist Sam Wallman

’12 Rules for Strife’ is a handbook for change. We don’t need to wait for a leader or saviour. We don’t need to limit ourselves to comments and clicks. In this stunningly original comic-book tour of a serious topic, Jeff Sparrow and Sam Wallman explore 12 powerful ideas distilled from the history of bottom-up struggle for better lives, better working conditions, and a better world. They show how solidarity can be built across growing divisions — without compromising our values. ’12 Rules for Strife’ shows how together we can change everything.

Sam Wallman is a writer, illustrator and longshoreman based in Melbourne, Australia. He is a member of the Workers Art Collective, and the Maritime Union of Australia. His comics and agit-prop drawings have been published in the Guardian, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the New York Times.

Workshop: How Workers Can Drive Change at City Hall
presented by Women Transforming Cities

This workshop includes an introduction to local government ecosystems and their jurisdiction. It leverages WTC’s civic campaign experience to explore how to influence local decision-makers on issues that directly impact workers, such as living wages, affordable housing, and transit.

Workshop: Union 101

presented by Worker Solidarity Network

Workshop: Fighting for Affordable Housing
presented by the Affordable BC Campaign (BCGEU)

The rising cost of living, driven mainly by increased cost for housing, is the number one issue facing workers in Vancouver (and across BC). In this workshop we will discuss the root causes of the housing affordability crisis and how workers and their unions can use collective power to protect existing affordable housing and increase the supply of public affordable housing.

presented by Labour for Palestine

Music by Left Coast Labour Chorus
Formed in September, 2014, the Chorus is 30-plus singers who merge their voices and their activism in their music.

Some Chorus members are new to choirs; many have been part of other choirs and song groups, including Solidarity Notes, Bargain at Half the Price and Union Train.

and much more…

Full event program will be added to this page shortly.

Thank you to the following sponsors: BC General Employees’ Union, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 963, Public Service Alliance of Canada – BC Region

Looking for more May Day activities? Check out the Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts.