When; Saturday, September 12, 8:30 am Where: St. Patrick's Cathedral, Fifth Avenue between 50th and 51st Street Why: To celebrate the dignity of labor prior to the Labor Day parade
Hundreds of Local 79 members joined thousands of members of labor union throughout New York City as they marched down Fifth Avenue to celebrate Labor Day. Although Labor Day represents for many nothing more than a day off from work, for labor it represents a day to honor labor and its many struggles over the years. Labor Day, which started in the 19th century, celebrated and continues to celebrate unions, which organize and fight hard to ensure that workers can earn just wages, work fair hours, have safe working conditions, and receive other benefits that provide them the opportunity to live dignified lives.
Dear Brothers and Sisters, As we prepare to take a well-deserved break for Labor Day, we should also focus on the work that remains for our country. The wounds of the Great Recession remain unhealed for most Americans. While about 6% of the workforce – 9.7 million men and women – are listed as unemployed, an equal number are also in crisis. They have given up hope for finding a job, are getting by on part-time work or are settling for significantly down-graded positions. Though Wall Street and corporate profits have come roaring back, wages for working people are stagnant, the typical American household has lost [...]
All Local 79 members are encouraged to come to the 2014 New York City Labor Day Parade, whose theme this year is "One City. Five Boroughs. All Workers." The parade begins at 10:30 am on Saturday, September 6, 2014 and will kick off at 45th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue. The parade is organized by the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO. Labor Day Flyer