Mayor David Miller shrugged off a snub from Labour Day parade organizers yesterday and took his message straight to the marchers.

Miller had been told by the Toronto and York Region Labour Council last week that he wasn’t welcome to march in the annual parade. Its members are unhappy with his handling of the 39-day municipal workers’ strike by 30,000 members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees this summer.

As speculation of a federal election swirls, he urged workers to question political parties about their plans to create jobs.

Miller sloughed off the decision to keep him out of the parade. “I’m sure the leadership of CUPE is still recovering from the strike,” he said. “I’m happy to be out here with the people who actually build this city. It’s about celebrating that work.”

More than 27,000 people and 40 unions, representing all kinds of workers, marched along Queen Street West in the annual parade.