Labor Tug-O-War returns to fight so-called RTW

TUG-O-WAR RETURNS! Come out to enjoy a friendly, brawny competition among union locals when the Labor Tug-O-War returns Aug. 4 at 370 Lakeside Park in St Peters, MO. – Labor Tribune photo

Aug. 4 event will benefit Rebuilding Together St. Louis

Rockwood Labor Club and Tri-County Labor Club are bringing back their popular Labor Tug-O-War again this year with a reminder to Vote NO on Proposition A to defeat so-called “right-to-work.”

This year’s competition will be held Saturday, Aug. 4, at 370 Lakeside Park in St. Peters, MO, in the heart of St. Charles County.


The event will be the Saturday before the “right-to-work” vote if the Missouri Legislature moves the vote to Aug. 7, as is widely expected. If the vote is held on Nov. 5, as it is currently slated, the event will serve as an enthusiastic, fun-filled kick-off to a last push to defeat Prop. A (RTW) at the polls.

The local vs. local Tug-O-War is open to all locals in Missouri and Southern Illinois.

“This will be a Tug-O-War and family picnic to get everyone enthused about the vote. We’re hoping to have a huge turnout and urge local unions to enter a team,” said Event Chairman and Rockwood Labor Club President Marty McClimens, a member of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562.

“It will be time to sink or swim on the phony ‘right-to-work,’” McClimens said. “What better way to get ready for the vote than with a friendly brawny competition among our locals?”


The day’s activities will include:

• A double elimination contest with medals going to the top four teams and the winner taking home the coveted traveling Greg Booth/Dee Sprayberry Memorial Crystal Trophy, named after the late IBEW Local 1 Business Manager Booth and late Operating Engineers Local 513 veteran Business Representative Sprayberry.

• A family picnic with food provided by the labor clubs and drinks provided by local unions.

• A kids tug-o-war and other kid’s activities, with candy and other prizes for all participants.

• Fun and excitement will abound as union members and their families cheer on their big and little champions.


In addition to generating excitement about the RTW vote, the event will benefit Rebuilding Together St Louis, which has long counted on the skills and generosity of union members and unions’ signatory contractors to provide needed home repairs for seniors, low-income homeowners and people with disabilities who cannot afford to make repairs on their own.

“Rebuilding Together is a tremendous community betterment program that we’re proud to be a part of,” McClimens said. “The more teams and unions involved the bigger the turnout the better.”


As an important part of the fundraising effort, sponsorships are available.

For more information about the event or to be a sponsor, contact Marty McClimens with Rockwood Labor Club at 314-920-1404 or email; or Ron Arbuthnot with Tri-County Labor Club at 314-393-4578 or email rarbuthnot@local562.

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