July 14, 2015

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Labor Day parades and picnics: Save the date!

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Click here to sign up to march with UUP in the 2015 New York City Labor Day Parade!

Now is a great time to make plans to join UUP at Labor Day parades and activities in Albany, Buffalo, New York City and Syracuse.

Family and friends are invited to march in the parades and come to Labor Day picnics.

"It's important for UUP to have a strong presence at Labor Day marches across the state," UUP President Fred Kowal said. "Unions and working people are under attack by wealthy anti-union forces that strive to weaken and eventually break unions. I encourage each and every one of you to show your support for organized labor by marching in these parades."


In the Albany area, the Capital District Area Labor Federation will host its annual Labor Day Picnic from noon to 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 7 in Cook Park, Colonie. Hot dogs, hamburgers and vegetarian fare is free; attendees should bring an entree, salad or dessert to share.

Albany's annual Michael Burns Labor Day Parade steps off from City Hall at 6 p.m.on Friday, Sept. 11. It wraps up at the Corning Preserve; fireworks will follow the parade.

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The 2015 Buffalo Labor Day parade and picnic will be held Sept. 7. The parade steps off at noon at the intersection of Abbot Road and Stevenson Street in Buffalo; a picnic will follow at Cazenovia Park. The event is sponsored by the Buffalo AFL-CIO Central Labor Council.

Call the UUP Buffalo Center Chapter at (716) 645-2013 or Buffalo Labor Council President John Mundie at (716) 633-2211 for more information.


The annual 2015 Massena Solidarity Parade and picnic begins at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 7. The Labor Day parade will end at Springs Park, where there will be a picnic; hot dogs, hamburgers, water and soda will be free.

For more information, contact Ronald McDougall, president of the Jefferson/Lewis/St. Lawrence Central Labor Council at (315) 323-1244 or via email at You can also contact Saranac Teachers Association President Michele Bushey at (518) 578-0911.

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New York City

New York City’s annual Labor Day parade is set for Saturday, Sept. 12. It is sponsored by the New York City Central Labor Council.

UUPers who are planning to march should meet by 10:30 a.m. on West 45th Street between 6th and 7th avenues; look for the UUP tent and members wearing red UUP shirts. UUP is scheduled to march by 11:30 a.m.

Click here to sign up to march in the parade.

Hundreds of UUP members marched in last year’s parade in New York City, the first time UUPers from across the state participated in the procession, one of the largest Labor Day parades in the country.

Bus transportation will be provided to and from New York City from Albany and Long Island. The trip is free; t-shirts/hats, water and food will be provided.

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The Syracuse Labor Day parade will be held Sept. 7 at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. The parade begins at 10:30 a.m.; marchers should meet at Gate 4 (Iroquois Gate) at 10 a.m. The event is sponsored by the Greater Syracuse Labor Council.

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