What: Annual Labor Day Parade When: Saturday, September 12 (Gather at 11:00 am, parade at 12:30 pm) Where: Initial gathering point: 46th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue
Ecuadorian pride overflowed in the streets of Queens on Sunday, August 2nd as thousands of people marched in the annual Ecuadorian Day Parade. Local 79 was well represented as over 300 members and their families took part in the march and the festivities that followed. "This is a day that our members look forward to every year," said Local 79 Business Agent Luis Montalvo. "The Ecuadorian community is such a vital part of the fabric of New York City, and this spirited parade is a great way to celebrate its contributions."
Hundreds of members of Local 79 joined thousands of parade-goers at the Annual African American Day Parade on Sunday, September 21. The parade, which filled Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard from 110th Street to 137th Street, was a joyful, celebratory event, with a variety of marching bands from many states, labor unions, community groups, and public officials, including Mayor Bill de Blasio. Local 79 Business Manager Mike Prohaska joined other prominent figures such as Representative Charles Rangel and ex -Mayor David Dinkins as one of the parade's Grand Marshals. "I was so happy to see so many of our proud members at this great event," said Barrie Smith a business agent for Local 79 [...]
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.
What: Parade followed by fiesta Where: Parade begins at 69th Street and Northern Boulevard; fiesta is at Elmcor Community Center at 33-16 108 St., Corona, Queens When: Sunday, August 3. Parade begins at 11:00 am; fiesta begins at 2:00 pm