St. Louis, MO – More than 5,000 members from 31 different unions, celebrating the defeat of Proposition A (“right-to-work”) in the August election, and committed to finishing the job by electing worker-friendly candidates on Nov. 6, poured into downtown St. Louis Sept. 3 for the annual St. Louis Labor Council Labor Day Parade.
With an equally impressive crowd of onlookers lining the streets, Labor Council President Pat White said it was the largest Labor Day parade the area had ever seen.
Led by parade Marshal Mike Louis, president of the Missouri AFL-CIO, who led the fight to put Prop A (RTW) on the ballot, and his wife Susan, miles of new and vintage equipment, trucks, floats, marching bands, drill teams and thousands of union members – many with their children – stepped off at 9 a.m. from 15th and Olive streets, handing out candy, beads, Frisbees, sheet metal tool boxes and other treats to the excited kids along the parade route.
More than just a holiday tradition, this year’s parade was a true celebration as workers celebrated the 67 to 33 percent defeat of Prop A.
Many of the trucks, floats and marching entries included signs thanking voters for their support and reminding them to turn out and vote on Nov. 6.
Here are some additional photos from the event. – Labor Tribune photos