There’s still time to sign-up for the sixth Labor Tug-O-War, to see which local has what it takes to topple two-time champions Sprinkler Fitters Local 268.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the $5 for the Fight fund to help out-of-work union members in need of financial assistance.
Last year’s event raised $13,500 for the fund.
MAKE IT PART
OF YOUR LABOR DAY
The union competition, a joint project of the Rockwood and Tri-County Labor Clubs, will be held in downtown St. Louis on Labor Day, Sept. 7, immediately following the annual parade. Teams and sponsors are needed.
“We know many locals have a gathering back at their union hall or at an area park, but we are hoping they are able to man a team to participate immediately after the parade,” said Event Chairman and Rockwood Labor Club President Marty McClimens, a member of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562.
“Who knows?” McClimens said. “They may even be able to beat the Sprinkler Fitters and take the trophy or a medal back to their gathering along with some bragging rights.”
The Tug-O-War is open to all locals in Missouri and Southern Illinois.
The competition will be held in Kaufman Park at 13th and Chestnut streets starting at 11:30 a.m. –– barring any delays. The Labor Day parade kicks off at 9 a.m. and usually lasts two hours.
FUN FOR ALL
The day’s activities will include:
- A double elimination contest with medals going to the top four teams. The winner taking home the travelling 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. The medals and trophy presentations will take place about 1:30 p.m.
- A kids tug-o-war halfway through the event, with candy for all participants.
- Fun and excitement will abound as union members and their families cheer on their big and little champions.
Food and drinks will be provided by local unions.
BE A SPONSOR
As an important part of the fund raising effort, sponsorships are available. Contact McClimens at 314-920-1404 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.