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Aug. 29, 2016

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March, picnic with UUP on Labor Day


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Samuel Gompers eloquently summed up the importance of Labor Day to unions—and all American workers—more than a century ago.

Gompers, the labor icon who founded and led the American Federation of Labor for nearly 40 years, described Labor Day as “… the day for which the toilers in past centuries looked forward, when their rights and their wrongs would be discussed...that the workers of our day may not only lay down their tools of labor for a holiday, but upon which they may touch shoulders in marching phalanx and feel the stronger for it.”

Unions have made Labor Day their day, a day to celebrate America’s working families. It’s a day to look back, to pay tribute to those who have fought and struggled for better, safer working conditions and fair pay. It’s also a day to look forward, to stand up and speak out for positive change to give every American a chance to achieve the American Dream.

On Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 5), UUPers from across the state will march in Labor Day parades and take part in Labor Day picnics. Events are slated in Albany, Buffalo, Ithaca, Massena, and Syracuse.

In Albany, the Michael L. Burns Capital District Labor Parade will be held Friday, Sept. 9; a picnic will follow, with fireworks at dusk. UUP will march in the New York City Labor Day parade on Saturday, Sept. 10.

All events are free. Show your union pride by marching in a Labor Day parade or taking part in a Labor Day picnic. Information on the events is below:

Albany

Albany Labor Day Solidarity Picnic: Noon, Labor Day.
Location: Cook Park (Shambrook Parkway), Colonie
Potluck picnic with awards, speeches, silent auction and live music.
Contact: Capital District Labor Federation, 518-452-0404

Capital District Labor Day Parade and Celebration: 6-10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9
Location: Parade steps off at Academy Park (across from state Capitol), Albany
After-parade activities at Corning Preserve include a picnic, live music, kids’ activities and fireworks at dusk.
Contact: Albany County Central Federation of Labor, 518-265-1945

Buffalo

Buffalo Central Labor Council's Labor Day parade and picnic: Noon, Labor Day
Location: Corner of Abbott Road and Stevenson Street, Buffalo.
The parade will proceed down Abbott Road and end in Cazenovia Park, where a Labor Day picnic will be held.
Contact: Buffalo Central Labor Council; 716-852-0375

Ithaca

33rd annual Labor Day Community Picnic: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Labor Day
Location: Stewart Park, large pavilion (1 James L Gibbs Drive), Ithaca
The picnic theme is “Labor Rights Are Civil Rights.” Live music, speakers, awards, food and drinks.
Contact: Mid-State Central Labor Council; 607-372-3153
Click here for more information.

Massena

36th annual Solidarity Day Labor Day Parade XXXVI: 11 a.m., Labor Day
Location: Center and Willow streets, Massena
The parade’s theme is “Union Solidarity + Community Support = Success.” After the parade, there’s a picnic in Springs Park.
Contact: Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Central Labor Council; 315-764-0271

New York City

New York City Labor Day Parade: 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 10.
UUP will provide free round-trip bus transportation, T-shirts, signs, food, bottled water and more. Click here to sign up to march!

Syracuse

Greater Syracuse Labor Council Labor Day Parade: 10:30 a.m., Labor Day
Location: Gate 4 (Iroquois/ Indian Village), New York State Fair, Syracuse
Rally follows the parade at Chevy Court
Greater Syracuse Labor Council; 315-422-3363

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