Be there Sept. 4 to show ‘Together We Win’
A lottery drawing at the Greater St. Louis Labor Council’s July meeting set the line-up for the Council’s Labor Day Parade Sept. 4.
This year’s parade theme is “Together We Win” – together in our unions and together as working families fighting to repeal Missouri’s so-called “right-to-work” law.
It was the togetherness of union members and working Missourians that secured 310,567 signatures turned in to the Secretary of State’s office Friday to delay implementation of Missouri’s anti-union, anti-worker law and place it on the November 2018 ballot for voters to decide.
And it is that same unity that will ensure we defeat the anti-union anti-worker law.
St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson and St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger have been invited to serve as this year’s grand marshals.
Groups will start forming at 7 a.m. on Olive Street between Jefferson and 15th streets.
The parade will step off at 9 a.m. led by the mayor, police chief and fire chief, immediately followed by a horse-drawn trolley with performing members of the Musicians Association of St. Louis Local 2-197, then the United Way, clergy and color guard and proceed east on Olive at 15th to Tucker Blvd., south on Tucker to Market Street, then west on Market to 15th.
The remaining line-up from front to back, starting with those unions that have special anniversaries this year:
• IATSE – 20th Anniversary
• Letter Carriers/APWU – 125th Anniversary
• Machinists District 837/ District 9 – 50th Anniversary
• Elevator Constructors Local 3
• Communication Workers (CWA)
• Roofers Local 2
• UFCW Local 655/Local 88
• Gas Workers (USW 11-6/194)
• Firefighters Local 73, Local 2665
• Sprinkler Fitters Local 268
• Plumbers and Pipefitters
• IBEW/Operating Engineers 148
• Iron Workers
• Operators 513
• UAW Local 2250, Local 282
• Laborers (610, 110, 42)
• Cement Masons
• AFSCME/AFT 420
• Unite Here 73
• SMART Local 36
ILLINOIS LABOR DAY PARADES
In Illinois, both Granite City and Belleville will hold their annual parades on Sept. 4.
The Federation’s 37th Annual Granite City Labor Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m. downtown and proceeding one mile north to Wilson Park for a picnic with live music, speeches, food, refreshments and kids’ activities.
The Southwestern Illinois Central Labor Council will sponsor the Labor Day Parade in Belleville, will step off at 10 a.m. in the fourth block of South 1st St., and will end at Hough Park with the annual picnic, where the first $500 worth of rides will be free. Music, drinks and food all will be provided. For more information, contact Bill Thurston at (618) 758-3513.