Thousands of union members crowded into downtown St. Louis, Granite City and Belleville for this year's Labor Day parades.
In St. Louis, more than 5,000 marchers from 30 unions – the largest turnout in memory – marched under the banner of “Together We Win,” highlighting and displaying the skills and services union members in all walks of life provide, while celebrating the importance of ALL working men and women who have made, and continue to make, America great.
Preceding the St. Louis parade hundreds of fast food workers in St. Louis protested outside a McDonald’s at 1119 Tucker Blvd., joining in a series of nationwide strikes and protests in more than 300 cities demanding $15 and union rights.
Workers rallied outside the McDonald’s at 6 a.m. before marching through downtown to 19th Street and Olive Blvd., where Bread and Roses Missouri actors performed a play on the racist origins of “right-to-work,” then joined in the Labor Day parade.
The St. Louis parade was sponsored by the Greater St. Louis Labor Council.
The Greater Madison County Federation of Labor sponsored the Granite City parade and the Southwestern Illinois Central Labor Council sponsored the Belleville parade.
Many thousands turned out to watch the parades and celebrate Labor’s day with union members and their families.
Look for extensive photo coverage in the Sept. 21 edition of the Labor Tribune.